Cerro Santa Lucía
- entrances cnr Alameda & Santa Lucía, cnr Santa Lucía & Subercaseaux
- 9am-7pm Mar-Sep, to 8pm Oct-Feb
Lonely Planet review for Cerro Santa Lucía
Rising out of the eastern side of the Centro is Cerro Santa Lucía. It was a rocky hill until 19th-century city mayor Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna had it transformed into a beautifully landscaped park where the grassy verges are still a favorite with canoodling local couples. A web of trails and steep stone stairs leads you up through terraces to the Torre Mirador at the top. Charles Darwin proclaimed the view from here 'certainly most striking' in 1833 – it's still well worth the climb.