"Cerro San Cristobal" Top 5 Page for this destination Chile Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG

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With the majestic Andes Mountains soaring to great heights throughout Chile, you might think that other hills would be left in its shadows. Perhaps seeming 'less than' or even overlooked, but you would be wrong. Take for example, Cerro San Cristobal.

Cerro San Cristobal (Hill of St. Christopher) was recognized as the highest point in the city of Santiago when named by Spanish conquistadors. This hill is located in the Barrio Bellevista and can be reached by funicular.

A statue of the Virgin Mary crowns the top of the peak and can be seen from anywhere in Santiago as she blesses the city. Pope John Paul II specifically traveled to Cerro San Cristobal to visit the Virgin--a vignette in honor of this visit can be seen inside the statue's base.

As we heaved ourselves to the highest point of the hill, inspirational messages by Pope John Paul's were accompanied by music and played over the sound system. The city of Santiago extends for miles!

Where the funicular drops its passengers off there are gift stalls, as well as restrooms (a small fee of 100 pesos required). The cost for the ride was 1.200 pesos round trip. **$2.500 pesos are the equiv. of $5 US

Directions: Barrio Bellevista

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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