San Cristóbal Hill & Santiago, Chile

 Greetings from Santiago, Chile! My travels over the past two weeks finally caught up with my blog posts and I am in the same location I am posting about, only a few days behind – but we will get caught up shortly!

After spending some time in the Southern lake & mountain regions – in Valdivia & Huilo Huilo – it was nice to head to Chile’s capital for a week and settle in. The first thing we did was was head up to the 2nd highest point in Santiago – San Cristóbal Hill – to check out the views of the city.

Funicular

Mountains in the Distance

We took a funicular to the top – and the views were well worth the trip! Apparently Santiago can be a pretty smoggy city, which can seriously affect your view from the top of San Cristóbal Hill, and especially your views to the Andes {which are all the mountains in the photos with snow on the peaks} but we lucked out and had a pretty clear day.

Andes BrothersSiblingsBelly Shot

On the summit of San Cristóbal Hill there is a sanctuary dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, with a 72 foot high statue of the Virgin Mary that overlooks the city. The statue sits on top of a small chapel that Pope John Paul II prayed in and blessed the city of Santiago in 1987. It lights up at night and can be viewed from all areas of Santiago throughout the day & nighttime – it’s a pretty nice little spot with a great view & apparently they hold mass here every Sunday as well. San CristóbalSan Crisobal Hill Smilescerro san cristobal hillLittle Church on the Hill

After some fun group shots & more spectacular views of the city it was time head back down to do some more exploring.

Brinkleys Group ShotGangsterCity FogSantiago City View

Chile Flag

Funny FacesObeliskMopocho

We did a mini walking tour of the Providencia area within Santiago & checked out some of the love locks on the bridges {I think Charles & I need to add to the collection here!}

Locks for LoveLove LocksRaging Mapocho River

We then made our way to check out Pablo Neruda’s {a Chilean Poet & Nobel Prize winner} house in Santiago – known as La Chascona. He has two other famous houses, one in Valparaíso & another in Isla Negra – all three are well known for their quirky style & Neruda’s love for collecting anything & everything.

Pablo ArtPablo Neruda HouseCaution

We had a jam-packed first day in Santiago & I have lots more fun-filled Chilean adventures to share with you – including a trip to Valparaíso, Fiestas Patrias & a day at the rodeo. Stay tuned for more fun in Santiago!

Street Art

Catching up on our travels? Check out my previous posts –

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty O September 22, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Awesome photos – love the giant Virgin Mary and the love locks – I saw the same thing in France near Notre Dame – pretty cool!

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