Cerro San Cristóbal in Santiago

Cerro San Cristóbal (St. Christopher Hill) is a large hill in the middle of Santiago, Chile.

San Cristóbal Hill

A statue of the Virgin Mary stands at the top:


San Cristóbal Hill

And on a clear day, you can get a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountains.

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

Obviously it wasn’t a clear day when we hiked to the top, but it was a worthy hike nonetheless.

San Cristóbal Hill

If you choose to hike up, there is a system of trails that lead to the summit more steeply (and quickly) than the paved road.

San Cristóbal Hill

The easiest of these to locate and take is called Zorro Vidal.

When you enter Santiago Metropolitan Park from Bellavista, walk up the sidewalk on the left of the road for about 5-10 minutes until you see the trailhead across the road on your right.

San Cristóbal Hill

You can also get there by car via the road joining the Santiago Metropolitan Park, or by the Funicular of Santiago.

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

The hike to the top takes about 30-60 minutes, all depending on how fast you walk and how many times you stop to appreciate the view.

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

At the summit, there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Immaculate Conception with a 22 meter statue of the Virgin Mary:

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

And a small chapel in which Pope John Paul II prayed and blessed the city of Santiago on April 1, 1987.

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

We grabbed a drink and a snack:

San Cristóbal Hill

San Cristóbal Hill

And then started our journey back down the trail.

San Cristóbal Hill

Cerro San Cristóbal is among the top 5 things to do in Santiago, so why not throw on your shoes and take a hike!

San Cristóbal Hill

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