One of the ‘must visit’ places while in Santiago, Chile is Cerro San Cristóbal. Cerro in Spanish means hill. So it’s a hill where you can view the city of Santiago.
To get up the hill, you can take the funicular. But unfortunately, the funicular was under construction during our visit… so they had free buses to take us up and down.
Here’s a video showing what we explored on top of the hill:
On the way top is the statue of Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción which is 14 meters high.
I thought it was funny that the sun behind the statue kind of makes it look like one of those paintings I’ve seen at the Louvre museum in Paris. The paintings of Jesus and that distinct yellow around his head, making him look powerful.
Right around the hill is the Patio Bellavista where there are lots of restaurants. One restaurant we went to called La Casa en el Aire.
We had this really good appetizer with mini empanadas and other things called a Tabla Chilombiana.
Have you been to Santiago or want to visit? Let me know by leaving a comment below!