Cerro Santa Lucia, this cerro (hill) is an urban oasis in the center of Santiago. If you’re looking to take a break and cool off in the shade during your tour of Santiago Centro, head here. From any higher point around the city you can see Cerro Santa Lucia poking up through the buildings. The castle is a stark contrast from the glass and concrete buildings surrounding it. It’s easily accessed from either Santa Lucia or Bellas Artes Metro stations, depending on which direction you’re coming from.
When you arrive at the park there are three entrances. The park has a lot of steps so if you’re looking to minimize them, you can come in the Santa Lucia Metro side (on Calle O’Higgins) which has ramps leading up to the largest terrace. Coming from the Bellas Artes Metro station, the entrance is on the corner of Calles Santa Lucia and Merced and is all steps. You can also access the elevator, open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-2pm and 3pm-6pm, in the middle of the block of Calle Santa Lucia. At all entrances, you will be asked to sign a register: they want your name, an ID number, your gender and country. They don’t ask to see your ID to confirm the info so you can put whatever information you feel comfortable providing, and if you’re with a group only one of you needs to write anything down.
Don’t be surprised if you hear cannon fire as you walk around, they shoot off a cannon every weekday at noon. There are tons of paths around the park and you could spend all afternoon wandering in and out of dead-ends and closed-off stairs. Pay attention while you wander as there are lots of statues hiding among all the trees and flowers. There are lots of shaded areas and benches to eat a picnic lunch and many kiosks selling drinks and snacks. It’s a popular place for locals to eat lunch, study or just hang out. It is often very busy on weekends and holidays, so if you want to avoid crowds go during the week.
If you climb all the way to the top you get a fantastic 360 degree view of the city and for a $100 peso coin you can use one of the viewfinders to zoom in on the mountains. There are two main stairways up to the top and they can be quite steep, some are likely original to the structure and are quite worn so wear sturdy shoes. Be careful if it’s wet as it might be quite slippery.
Castillo Hidalgo located here, is now a popular events center where many people get married or throw parties. If you see fireworks on a random evening in Santiago Centro, chances are good they’re coming from an event here.
The free artesanal exhibit, located at the Santa Lucia Metro entrance is less of an exhibit and more of an expanded gift shop, if you’re looking for less expensive souvenirs, check out the Santa Lucia Markets across the street. There’s also a tourist info center, at this entrance, if you need to visit one.
View Cerro Santa Lucia
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