My favorite spot in Santiago is the Parque Metropolitano and -among its hills- the Cerro San Cristóbal. Next to the zoo one can take a funicular or cable train to the peak of the hill, although some athletic minded youths do cycling or jogging all the way up. On top of the Cerro there is a Virgin statue, a chapel and of course souvenirs stores. From the terraces one can enjoy the best view of the city, and unfortunately watch the air pollution that still plagues Santiago.
Years ago I also enjoyed taking the teleférico, a cable car to another hill, but this service has been suspended for safety reasons.
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