San Cristóbal is the park of this city, and the best spot for taking in views of the Santiago skyline. Every weekend, thousands of locals take to the trails of San Cristóbal to jog, bike ride, or simply take a stroll with the family.
an Cristóbal is part of the Metropolitan Park of Santiago, which is the world’s largest urban park, covering over 700 hectares, and features what every true traveler can appreciate: an urban experience in harmony with nature.
Despite not measuring more than 300 meters (984 feet) from top to bottom, getting to the top is always a challenge, albeit one that rewards the adventurer with a prized view of Santiago and the majestic Andes as a backdrop. The summit can be accessed by foot, of course, but also by car or bicycle. Two large swimming pools are open during the summer, and the Metropolitan Zoo stays open year round.
The park also has 10 designated lookouts that surround the city from where you’ll notice Santiago’s brisk urban expansion and where the greatest concentration of skyscrapers is. Since 2011, the “Costanera Center” has become the primary urban landmark. This 300 meter skyscraper boasts the distinction of being the tallest in South America.