Cerro San Cristobal
Cerro San Cristobal
4.5
12:00 AM - 12:15 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:15 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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This 860 meter hill in the center of Santiago features a zoo and wine museum at the midway point and a gondola ride to the top, where a Virgin Mary statue overlooks the city.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Shonda Gimbel
    San Diego, California5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-visit for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and anyone seeking a panoramic view of Santiago’s skyline
    Exploring Cerro San Cristóbal in Santiago de Chile was a captivating journey into the city’s natural beauty and panoramic vistas. The hill’s lush greenery and the iconic statue of the Virgin Mary at its peak provided a serene escape from the urban hustle and bustle. Hiking to the summit offered breathtaking views of Santiago and the surrounding Andes Mountains. The funicular ride to the top was a delightful adventure, providing an alternative way to reach the summit. The park’s dedication to preserving its natural beauty and providing recreational spaces was evident throughout. Cerro San Cristóbal is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and anyone seeking a panoramic view of Santiago’s skyline.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • poltor
    Toronto, Canada217 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice uphill walk with great views and lookouts
    A nice one hour walk to the top that has great views of the city, including Sky Costaleta. Nice place to eat and get souvenirs. Virgin Mary at the top was a nice thing to see but the views were more of an attraction. The gondola is fairly reasonably priced and you can take it up one way or both ways. A nice thing to do in Santiago!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 29, 2023
  • JS7015
    Roswell, Georgia177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a morning!
    If you come to Santiago and miss this special place, you really have missed it. I suggest taking the funicular up the hill, making your way to the very moving and tasteful Santuario Immaculada Concepcion and attendant chapel, walking to the chair lift and taking it down to the midpoint, then walking to the Jardin Japones (Japanese garden). The garden is small, but pretty and romantic with several good photo spots. You should devote 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours to your visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2024
  • Melissa B
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch the Sunset!
    We took the funicular up here to watch the sunset and then walked down. Walking down in the dark was a little spooky, but it was worth it to have the view of the sunset. INCREDIBLE VIEWS! There were people upstairs selling snacks, hot food, ice cream, drinks, etc.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
  • c5mjb
    Wake Forest, North Carolina1,353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the gondola ride
    Don't miss the gondola ride. It is cheap as dirt to ride, and it will lead right to some spectacular views of this very busy city of over 6 million people. It is fun to ride up, and you can spot your favorite landmarks. The park is quite nice, and contains the biggest statue of the Virgin Mary I have ever seen,
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2024
  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inexpensive, excellent views.
    Just US$2 to the top or other tickets combining the short 5 minutes ride with the cable car to Cumbre mid station or all the way to Oasis. One way or return. A full day use ticket including the inside of the park for funicular, cable car and scenic bus was only $8. Excellent views.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,721 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We started our day with Chile Dream Tours guide Sean (which we highly recommend!) here with a gondola ride to the top where we got a good view and account of Santiago's history and how it has spread through time and where the modern neighborhoods now are. Despite the smog trapped by the mountains, the views were lovely. We also enjoyed seeing the large wood-carved nativity, complete with dog...and the real live dogs as well. The church at the top is a delightful respite, too.
Written January 21, 2020
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sm05060
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
San Cristobal Hill is a very large area with more than one entrance. We took the funicular to go up the hill from the entrance we came in. The first stop on the funicular is the zoo, you can get off and explore this and then get back on another funicular when you're finished. Then the funicular takes you to the top where the statue of the Virgin Mary stands looking over Santiago. The statue is huge!!! There was prayer music being played over loud speakers. Wander around and see the crypts, churches and the view of Santiago (if there isn't a lot of smog) You can then walk down a walkway past the Crosses In The Path Of De Seven Last Words, unfortunately when we were there they had just blocked off that path and we had to go around. Then you can take the cable car down to the bottom of the hill. Or if you come in from that entrance you can do the cable car first then the funicular. There's also the option of hiking, with lots of trails. There were lots of dogs around the area, we were told they were strays that are quite placid, laying around, they don't bother people. A great area to spend some time
Written March 1, 2020
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Pirko H
Hong Kong, China32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
On our first day in Santiago we decided to go up Cerro San Cristobal, to get an overview of the city. Instead of taking the cable car up, we decided to walk up. It was about 3-4km on way. Since it was a beautiful Sunday morning, half of Santiago seemed to be either on foot or on bike, going up the hill.
From the top you have almost a 360 degree view of the city and its surroundings - especially the snow covered mountains!
Written January 6, 2020
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WhirldTraveler
Menlo Park, CA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
If you have one day in Santiago and want to stay in the city, this park is great in good weather. It was a hot day (93 degrees F) but I started at 10:00 am after taking Uber to the funicular entrance. I decided to get some exercise and walk up. It is 2 km I was told. A very steep 2 km I would find out. If you are relatively fit, you’ll be fine. I took the pedestrian path that veers from the main road a few minutes up. The path was steep but it was a Saturday and there lots of kids riding their bikes up with their families. The pedestrian path was a little dusty but full of hikers and runners. I was a little nervous about safety, but I felt completely safe. The view is very nice from above. You can take the same way down, but I decided to follow the cable car (telerifico) down a winding road. It is a very long walk all the way down. I walked even further down Ave Cerro to to the Sheraton on Ave Santa Maria to purchase a hop on and hop off bus ticket. You could take the funicular or cable car up and walk down or vice versa if you want to cut your travel time.
Written January 11, 2020
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50Continental_Drift
Arlington, VA224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited the park and used both the funicular and the cable car (which was not very expensive). The views are expansive but the smog does tend to diminish them. On a separate day, we visited the botanical garden which was a bit tired from overuse and lack of rain.
Written February 12, 2020
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Michael S
Mississauga, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The funicular is located on the zoo side of the hill, and for just under 7000 pesos you can get a return combo ticket that includes the funicular and the cable car. I recommend this, as both offer great views. At the top of the funicular, is a small plaza with gift shops and snacks, where there are places to see the city and take pictures, You climb the stairs to get to the church, monument, and amphitheatre. if you want to go to the cable car station, it is to the right, before you climb upstairs. (There are signs) You can, if you are feeling energetic, hike up to the top, on either side of the hill. If you start your hike in the morning, you'll notice one side of the hill is shaded in the morning. If you want to take a tourist bus throughout the park, you can buy tickets and catch the bus at the same place you catch the funicular. Cerro san Cristobal is so much more than a hill with a Mary staute at the top, it is one of the biggest urban parks you will find, so you could easily spend a day exploring it.
Written January 26, 2023
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Jocelyn S
Magliano Sabina, Italy419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A ride up in the cable car after a walk through a very grand neighborhood. A short stay on top of the hill and a little hike up to the Virgin Mary statue, followed by a ride down the opposite side of the hill on the cable railway. Views are of a big, sprawled-out city and worthwhile to see just how big it is. We went on our own - there is no need to take a tour or s guide and you can walk back to the nearest metro. Heck before you go re opening hours and closed days.
Written February 5, 2020
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Brian90212
Los Angeles, California208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Took the cable car from Pedro de Valdivia and was treated to a spectacular view of Santiago. Cable car ride was very smooth. There is a small hike to the statue of the Virgin Mary, but is worth it. It is possible to ride the cable car from Pedro de Valdivia station to Cerro San Cristobal, and then ride the cable car down to Funicular de Santiago. All you need to do is inform the cashier and pay the fare.

Very Important: Keep in mind that the cable car does not operate on the first Monday of the month. I didn't know about this until I read it on a kiosk near the entrance, and neither did another tour group. Be sure to keep the receipt, with the QR code, as it is your ticket(s) to Cerro San Cristobal and back down. There are turnstiles with a scanner.
Written January 25, 2020
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Katie
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is really neat. The wait wasn't too bad as i went on a weekday and once you take a trolley up, (which by itself is a cool experience), you arrive at this big circular platform where you can literally see the entire city. I had been told that you could see smog on winter days but since it was summer there I saw sunny blue skies. It was really pretty and I could imagine myself painting it. 5 stars from me.
Written February 5, 2020
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latestfilly
West Yorkshire177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took the cable car up and the funicular back down. The views at the top of the hill are excellent but Santiago is not the most beautiful city. When i visited it was very hot so the view was very hazy, even at 9.30am! There is a lovely church which you can enter and at the top of the hill is the famous statue of the Virgin Mary. At weekends lots of runners can be found here so it can be very busy.
Overall, a pleasant place to visit in Santiago
Written February 11, 2020
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