Mountain sights in Chile
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Bellavista entrance (Pío Nono 450, Barrio Bellavista; Baquedano); Providencia entrance (Av Pedro de Valdivia & El Cerro, Providencia; Pedro de Valdivia) The best sweeping views over Santiago are from the peaks and viewpoints of the Parque Metropolitano, better known as Cerro San Cristóbal. At 722 hectares, the park is Santiago's largest green space, but it's still decidedly urban: a funicular carries you between different landscaped sections, and roads through it are aimed at cars rather than hikers. The park lies north of Bellavista and Providencia and has entrances in both neighborhoods.
A snowy white 14m-high statue of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción towers…
The quickest way to the summit of Cerro San Cristóbal (Parque Metropoltano) is the funicular , which climbs 284m from Plaza Caupolicán at the north end of Pío Nono. It stops halfway up at the dinky Zoológico Nacional , which houses an aging bunch of neglected animals. It is, however, probably the only place in Chile where you are assured a glimpse of the dinky pudú deer, Chile's national animal. Near the top of the funicular is the Terraza Bellavistawhere there are extraordinary views across the city.