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Of course it doesn't have to be a Sunday for you to spend some time on Santiago's Cerro San Cristobal and the huge surrounding Parque Metropolitana, but make your way there on a Sunday and you'll see a great cross-section of Santiagans making the most of all this mountainside park has to offer.

A huge white statue of the Virgin Mary casts a benign grace over the whole city from the summit of the cerro and there can't be many who make their way up the mountain who don't climb the steps at the statue's base, some just to take in the spectacular views, others to light a candle at the small chapel there.

Lycra-clad cyclists mingle with Sunday-best-dressed families and tourists on the wide Terrazza Bellavista while, just below the statue, the stepped seats of the Santuario Immaculada Concepcion spread out in a wide amphitheatre where a mass may well be being conducted. If walking or cycling up the mountainside seems too energetic, a funicular makes a vertiginous 485 metre ascent from the base of the mountain at Plaza Caupolican in Barrio Bellavista.

Those with a head for heights can take the teleferico for a dizzying 2 kilometre-long slow swoop over the park and down the other side of the cerro. From there you can walk back across the river and down Av Pedro de Valdivia into Barrio Providencia by which time a long Sunday lunch could well be just the ticket. Two stops north on the metro from Pedro de Valdivia to Tobalaba will take you to El Bosque Norte and Isadora Goyenechea which are lined with any number of upmarket restaurants where an al fresco lunch may set the budget back a bit but it will do it with some style.

Directions: The funicular runs from 1000-2000, Tuesday to Sunday (Monday only 1300-2000)
Teleferico hours are 1430-1830, Monday to Friday and 1030-1930 weekends and holidays.
Single journey and combination tickets can be bought

Phone: +56 2 27301411
Website: http://www.parquemet.cl/

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  • Updated Jan 19, 2008
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