The summit of Mount San Cristobal is crowned by a giant statue of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion -weighing 37,000 kilos and reaching 15 meters of height-, where visitors gather to pray, meditate or only relish the view of the city from the terrace balcony under this image.
After staring for a while at this astonishing view, we can stroll along the park through a funicular railway which travels 2,030 meters on a cable railway held by two towers. This system of cable car railway was opened to the public in 1980 and, since then, it is one of the major attractions for height enthusiasts or those who do not suffer from vertigo.
As the cable car railway goes ahead, visitors can get off at any of the intermediary stations to enjoy plenty of attractions or tourist sites located on this hill. Amongst others, travelers may visit the Victoria Fortified Tower, the Botanical Garden, and the Winery Museum or simply spend a good time in the Tupahue swimming pool during the summer, where hundreds of natives of Santiago meet to sunbathe and share some pleasant time with friends.
The Municipal Zoo deserves to be mentioned in a special chapter. Grown-ups and children may enjoy life in contact with nature next to giraffes, monkeys, condors, pudus (diminutive Andean antelope), amongst the most attractive creatures.
Parque Metropolitano is the most visited park by residents who are willing to run away from the hustle and bustle of the large city. This site is ideal to practice jogging, mountain biking, bird watching or wander while enjoying the fantastic panoramic views of the Great Santiago, an authentic capital of South America. If you stay in the city, this park is really worth a visit.
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The park entrance is located six blocks from
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Do not forget your camera; the photos of the views from the top of the hill are wonderful.