Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
Cruz Del Tercer Milenio
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Virginia38,601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Coquimbo’s Cruz Del Tercer Milenio, Third Millenium Cross, was built to commemorate the birth of Christ over 2000 years ago and was blessed by the Pope John Paul II. Construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2021. The cross is made of concrete and is 272-feet high and 131-feet wide and sits on the El Vigia Hill. Besides being taller than Rio de Jannero’s Christ the Redeemer statue, it is one of the largest crosses in the world. Designed by architect Gabriel Guarda, the base has three pillars that form a tripod, a reference to the Holy Trinity. There is a 2,000-step staircase or use an elevator to have a remarkable 360 ° panoramic view of all Coquimbo, its bay, and the Pacific Ocean.
Written March 25, 2024
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Linda M
Bridgewater, Canada877 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Well I just completed a voyage from San Diego, Ca. to Santiago, Chile and one of the stops along the way was Coquimbo, Chile. I had read so much about this area and I wanted to see as much as I possibly could in one day.
I read about a group called La Citro Verde who are owners of antique Citroen cars and how they are willing to take visitors on rural or urban tours. So I made contact with them. They arrived at the ship to pick me up and I was ready for a full day of adventure. There was another couple going along as well with their own driver and car. I was able to pick out the Citroen I liked the best and of course I chose the Canary yellow one with a great driver named Kelly.
Our first stop was to the fortress at the mouth of the harbour. This is presently under repair following a storm surge some years back following an earthquake which did major damage.
From there the caravan of four Citroens headed to Cruz del Tercer Milenio or the Third Millenium Cross Monument which is built on a hill 197 meters above sea level. The cross is 83 meters high and 40 meters wide. The construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2001.
It is to commemorate the birth of Christ 2000 years ago and has received a blessing from the Pope.
After our extensive tour to the arms of the cross we then returned to our cars and carried on. We visited a wonderful farmers' market where we were greeted with smiles and conversation. I was able to buy a few of the local products - special ointments for sprains and bruises and another special rub for colds.
From there we continued on through the city and no matter where we went we were greeted with waves from those walking along the streets, photos were taken of our caravan and smiles and cheers greeted us. It was like we were royalty and so much fun. The residents of Coquimbo enjoyed the caravan of Citroens as much as we did.
We were then taken to a wonderful restaurant for a four course lunch with homemade soup, appetizers, chicken for the main course and a great dessert.
From there we went on to a museum and then on to more shopping and sightseeing. It was a wonderful day to spend with La Citro Verde Club of Coquimbo.
They delivered us back to our ship about 45 minutes before sailing and we said our good byes....with hugs and handshakes.
I would highly recommend anyone going to Coquimbo to consider contacting the club which is on Facebook and making a date. You will love it...what a fun day and an experience I will probably never experience again.
So if you want to do something out of the ordinary - go for it. I am a 73 year old Canadian grandmother who had the time of her life. I now have a group of new friends in Coquimbo that I could call on anytime to pick me up at the pier or the airport. It was a fantastic day.
If anyone needs more information please do not hesitate to contact me through TripAdvisor.
I highly recommend this unusual excursion.
Written November 27, 2016
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FarFlungStarling
Qualicum Beach, Canada1,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Our cruise ship was stopping in Coquimbo and I had read about the Cross and wanted to see it but it was not offered in any of our shore excursions or those of the other large operators. We booked with a local tour group called Turismo Cochiguaz and had an excellent small group tour of all the local highlights including the Cross. The Third Millenium Cross is considered the tallest monument ( 83 metres ) in South America but it is located at the top of a hill in the middle of a barrio and there is no parking, so no large tour buses. Our small van dropped us off and went elsewhere to wait for us. The Cross is a monument to Catholicism and the turning of the new century. There is a ticket booth at the base and a small entrance fee. They did accept US dollars cash. Inside it has a Religious Art Museum, the largest Via Crucis (Way of the cross) in the world, with 15 stations, a chapel and bronze sculptures. The base of the monument is very open but there are multiple levels with stairs to access it and some don't have handrails. Most of the surfaces are concrete, some are quite rough and unfinished. I wouldn't recommend this if you have mobility issues. There are more stairs to different levels and view points and then tiny (3-4 people) slow elevators to take you up to the "arms" where you have the most spectacular view on a clear day. The chapel and the museum are really well done and the bronze sculptures and busts are exquisite. Photos are prohibited in the museum. There are washrooms tucked away down an alley at the base of the monument. I'm glad we made the effort to get there. It is quite a spectacular monument.
Written May 28, 2019
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Viajeraenfamilia
Chile95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
The place is situated in a very humble area, be careful not to get there walking or by yourself, security is an issue in the surroundings.
Although in summertime and vacations this place could be crowded it is still worth the visit, whether you are catholic or not. It has a small but very interesting museum with many gifts from the Vatican and the chapel is quite nice.
Go and take the elevator to catch the best view of Coquimbo, but go right before sunset. Avoid parking your car far.
Written November 11, 2014
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KakoFrox
107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You can see the best sunset of the pacific ocean. Also have a nice museum. Its a little bit hard to get there.. But definitely its worth! U will have a relax & cool moment for sure!
Written January 30, 2012
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genum
San Diego32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
In my opinion, really the only thing to do in Coquimbo. The views of the surrounding area are breathtaking.
Written November 10, 2011
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SIBARITA0305
Caracas, Venezuela752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Due to Covid-19 the entrance to the cross was closed but we could see it from outside and we took pictures. It is an amazing monument that dominates Coquimbo like the Christ of Corcovado in Rio.
Written December 14, 2020
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Lizzy T
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Walking up to the cross from the parking lot there are some statues depicting the crucifixion of Christ. These type of statues are found all over the area. The entry fees were very cheap (3000 for an adult and 2500 for a senior). On the ticket there are three lil stubs. One gets you into the mini museum in the church. I speak no Spanish so it was really helpful that the plaques were also in English. The other two stubs are for elevator rides, one up to the bell tower area and one up to the arms of the cross. Both of these offer great views of the surrounding area.
Written September 12, 2016
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Haythem19
Bellevue, WA192 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
You wouldn't think a giant concrete monument would be such a popular site, but the Catholic symbolism in the austere pillars on the second level (representing the 12 apostles) and the equilateral triangular tripod base of the cross (representing the Trinity) give an eerie, modern, mystic feel to this place.

But the views from the top of the cross, and even the second level, are amazing. You can see much farther from the top, but the glass is pretty dirty which makes for bad photos. The second level gives you great, unobstructed views of the entire peninsula that Coquimbo is built on, and even La Serena on a clear day. Definitely worth the trip from La Serena.

To get there from La Serena, take a bus from the La Recova market for CLP$600. When you start to get into Coquimbo, keep an eye out for Diego Portales Street. It's a little after you pass the mosque. Get off there and take another bus up the hill and it will take you fairly close to the cross.
Written May 29, 2015
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Bob S
Maryland Heights, MO121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Coquimbo is is a pleasant town, with friendly people and an astonishingly large monument - the Third Millennium Cross. The cross (273 feet x 131 feet) is reachable by public transportation, but I chose to walk from the port area. Along the way, several Spanish-speaking residents seemed to be discouraging me from walking to the monument. I trudged onward and upward, first on standard streets and sidewalks, then on intricate sets of walkways that zig-zagged upward, then streets again. This was a long, but not particularly strenuous walk. Once there, I purchased a ticket to take an elevator to the observatory in the arms of the cross. The observatory provided a 360 degree panoramic view of the area. Spectacular! There is also a chapel and museum onsite. There are only 2 small elevators to the observatory. Only one was working when I was there, and the lines at both ends were long. The cost and the wait were worth it. The cross is incredible, and the observatory is remarkable. It is possible to walk 2,000 steps to reach the observatory, but the stairs were closed when I was there.
Written June 5, 2013
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