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One of the many impressive sculptures that can be found at Santiago’s Sculpture Park

Sunny, winter day at Santiago’s Sculpture Park

Nestled between the Mapocho River and Avenida Santa María, you’ll find Santiago’s Sculpture Park (Parque de las Esculturas). Opened in 1982, this park is a type of open-air art museum that was initially created to beautify an area of the city damaged by a flood of the Mapocho River. The park features impressive sculptures by different Chilean and international artists. In the summer months it’s not uncommon for the city to hold concerts and other events in this space.

The Sculpture Park offers a green space full of fascinating contemporary artwork

Parque de las Esculturas offers a tired tourist a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of city life. All you need is a sunny day and a picnic lunch and you have a free, fun activity for an afternoon in the city. Bring your camera to take some great shots of the artwork.

The park is easy to get to, either by walking or public transport. Bus #502 passes right by the entrance to the park (get off on Calle Santa María on the corner of the puente (bridge) Puente Pedro de Valdivia). You can also access the park by metro – get off at Pedro de Valdivia metro station and follow Calle Pedro de Valdivia north (toward Cerro San Cristobal) and then across the bridge Puente Pedro de Valdivia, or get off at Los Leones Metro station and walk north on Padre Letelier.

The park spans from Puente Pedro de Valdivia east to Puente Padre Letelier.

Check the map below to get yourself oriented:

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Originally written by Danielle Sclafani March 18, 2013, to learn more about Danielle, read her bio. Updated by Beth Delthony August 27, 2014, to learn more about Beth, read her bio.