Travel Tales of Argentina
Santiago de Chile may seem like any other big city, full of skyscrapers, traffic and busy streets. But when you explore a bit, you can see that it is a place full of small and big green spaces that adorn the city. The parks are one of the most iconic things that catch the attention of tourists when they visit the city.
Below you will find a list of the best parks in Santiago to enjoy on any Saturday or Sunday walking, alone or with friends, and taking advantage of the afternoon.
This park is the largest green lung in the city, it includes Cerro San Cristóbal, Chacarillas and Los Gemelos. It is an ideal park for all types of public, you can climb Cerro San Cristóbal in many ways: on foot (1 hour up from Pio Nono to La Virgen at a normal pace), by funicular or by vehicle.
Among the attractions of the park there are trails, viewpoints, the National Zoo, swimming pools, cultural venues or event centers. From the summit and from the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception (the Virgin Mary) you can have the best view of the city! On the other hand, if you are a tourist you must go up or down by funicular, it is a fascinating experience. Right now, the round-trip funicular ride costs $ 2,000 (between 3 – 4 USD).
This beautiful hill is also located in the center of the city, it is ideal for a short walk with your partner or family. At certain times it is common to see groups of children who come for a walk thanks to their schools.
This urban walk is inspired by French landscaping, it has terraces, paths and squares. Climbing this hill is free, you just have to register your name with the municipal guards and follow the rules. There is not much service infrastructure, therefore it is an ideal place to relax, have shade and rest. At the top there is a beautiful viewpoint with binoculars.
This park is also located in the center of Santiago, on the banks of the Mapocho River. It was designed by Jorge Dubois at the beginning of the 20th century, within a plan to beautify the city. It is an ideal place to walk, be in the shade and visit it as a couple or with the family.
There are many benches to sit on, during the weekends it is common to see families living in the neighborhoods playing with their children. Inside we can highlight the National Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, also at the west end is the Mapocho Station Cultural Center.
Further from the nerve center of the city, we find a jewel of a park: the Quinta Normal. This huge space is full of green areas, flowers, trails to walk and includes children’s games in its western part (towards the coast).
The place is also known for housing several museums inside (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Science and Technology and Children’s Museum) and outside (Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Museum of Contemporary Art and Artequin Museum). In summer, one of its attractions is the lagoon that has pedal boats for couples.
This park was built by the Municipality of Vitacura, inaugurated in stages (one in 2007 and another in 2011), on one side of the Mapocho River between the Pérez Zujkovic Rotunda and Isabel Montt Street. The central part of the park is the Civic Center of Vitacura where the Municipality is located.
The place has a special space for families with pets, a kind of mini zoo with species such as black-necked swans and flamingos. The Garden of the Blind, designed for the blind population to enjoy, restaurants and some sculptures, among them The Search that emerges as an icon of the park, stands out. This area also has a lagoon where you can photograph wonderful skylines of the city.
This huge park could not be missing in this review because it has everything, in addition to many green areas and shady trees, the Araucano Park has children’s play areas divided by age, picnic area, sports area (public multi-courts, skate ramps). One of its magical corners is the rose garden where you can abstract from the hustle and bustle and forget about the city bustle by sitting on a bench (alone or as a couple as in our photo).
Near the rose garden there is an aviary and in the middle of the park there are two important commercial attractions: Kidzania, which is a didactic entertainment park for children.
This park has beautiful green areas ideal for walking, lots of shade and benches to sit on, it has a Literary Café with a very beautiful pool, a skatepark and an esplanade where many events tend to be held. In its surroundings is Viña del Mar street, which is a National Monument (Typical Zone) and the Italia neighborhood.
In Providencia, we can highlight the Balmaceda Park and the Plaza de la Aviación (it is a small continuation of this park). Balmaceda stretches from Plaza Italia (Metro Baquedano) to Salvador (Metro Salvador), between the Mapocho river waterfront and Providencia Avenue. It has many green areas, it is frequented by tourists, couples and young people (there are many schools in the vicinity).
Inside the park is the Balmaceda Literary Café and the Tajamares Museum (currently undergoing renovation), there are also some pedestrian bridges to cross the river that are very striking at night because of their lights. In the Plaza de la Aviación, meanwhile, there is a Monument to Chilean Aviation and there is the Bicentennial Fountain that turns on its lights at night giving a beautiful show.
The entrance to this green area, inaugurated in 1873, is from Tuesday to Friday, between 9 AM and 5 PM, and with a simultaneous capacity of 700 people, who may only be in the place for two hours.
Likewise, those who visit will have to wear their masks and take their temperature at the entrance on Rondizzoni street (the other entrances will be kept closed). It is essential to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people, and not to enter with food or use the drinkers.
Once inside, you can only travel 20% of the 80 hectares of this park in Santiago Centro. This, because they will keep various sectors disabled, including exercise areas and children’s games.
Between 8 AM and 8 PM, you can go for a walk along the beautiful trails of this 170-hectare green lung that is in the foothills of Santiago. Of course, all those who go will have to do so with masks (capacity of 2000 people).
To ensure care, in the reserve they installed sanitizing tunnels, sinks on trails, jogging, trekking and cycling areas. In addition, they drew more than 20 circles of five meters in diameter in green areas to protect the physical distance, which has to be two meters apart for trekking, 10 m. for jogging and 20 for bicycles.
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