Cerro Santa Lucia: A Lookout in the Center of Santiago
Those who follow the blog know that seeing the city from above is practically mandatory during our travels. We had already seen New York City during the day and during the night, Boston, Bogota, Cartagena, Montevideo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Curitiba, and we could not ignore the Chilean capital. The two points to see Santiago from above are Cerro Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristóbal, both located close to the city center and with some differences between them. In this post, we will report our experience of climbing Cerro Santa Lucia.
How to get to Cerro Santa Lucia?
Cerro Santa Lucia is located in the central region of Santiago and the best way to access it is via the metro. The nearest station to the entrance to Cerro Santa Lucia is Santa Lucía station, which is served by Line 1 (Red). Descending from the metro, you will be in a square that faces the entrance to Cerro Santa Lucia. See in this link all the information you need to use the Santiago metro.
Cerro Santa Lucia Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia functions as an urban park in the center of Santiago. Inside the site, you will find fountains, leisure areas, lots of greenery, and stairs that lead to a lookout from where it is possible to have a panoramic view of the city of Santiago.
At the entrance, you need to register, but there is no payment to be made and no documents were requested. As soon as you pass through the first entrance you will already find Terraza Neptuno where there is a large fountain that was inspired by Rome’s Trevi Fountain.
The ascension path to the Cerro Santa Lucia viewpoint is varied. In some parts, you find ramps with a low slope and in others, you find tight staircases where a maximum of two people pass. All paths lead to the viewpoint which is 629 meters above sea level.
The closer to the viewpoint, the more tired you become, and the steeper the climb is. The top is in a small space that holds approximately 10 people. As it is located in the center of the city, from Cerro Santa Lucia you have a panoramic view of the entire central region of Santiago and it is possible to see Cerro San Cristóbal which is within the Metropolitan Park of Santiago and is the other place where it is possible to see the city from above.
After having an incredible view of the city of Santiago, our recommendation is to stop for a while to relax in one of the squares within Cerro Santa Lucia. You can also take the opportunity to take the traditional Mote con Huesillo which is a traditional Chilean drink. It consists of a caramelized juice with grains of wheat and peach, all well chilled. It’s very sweet, but it’s worth it to refresh and get to know a little more about the local culture.
Visiting Cerro Santa Lucia is a mandatory program during your trip to Santiago as it is easy to access, free of charge, and is a great spot to see the city from above.
Opening Hours: from April to September from 9 am to 7 pm and from October to March from 9 am to 8 pm.