On a clear day, the view from the top of Cerro San CristĂłbal is spectacular, providing the best view of the stunning contrast between Santiago and its surrounding mountains. The hill is a popular ride for bikers on nice days, though the steep incline makes for a strenuous trip. Perhaps the easiestâ€”and most novelâ€”way to summit the hill is to take the Funicular (vertical train ride), which is a cable-pulled trolley that picks up at Pio Nono and takes visitors to the top, where the Virgen de la Immaculada stands waiting with open arms. Head up at sunset for a particularly spectacular experience. The more athletic may prefer to hike back down the hillâ€”there are marked trails for this purpose. The Funicular also makes a stop at the zoo, for those who want to spend the day in the area.
Pio Nono 445
Price Description: 1400 pesos for a return trip, 800 one way.
Relative price: Mid-Range
Open Hours from:10 a.m. (Tues to Sun), 1 p.m. (Mon)
Open Hours to:8 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Camera