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The stunning architecture of Cerro Santa Lucía

Cerro Santa Lucía in Santiago can be reached by arriving at the Santa Lucía subway station on Line 1. This is a free activity, and it only takes an hour or two to explore the hill and park area. You can do it on the same day as Cerro San Cristōbal, like I did.

The most striking feature of Cerro Santa Lucía is the white and yellow building that has been remodelled in a neoclassical style. It has many intricately carved pillars and statues. There are several snaking staircases that criss-cross, allowing you to choose your own path through the building and to the top of the hill.

Climbing the stairs toward the top of the hill, you will see that the red brick forts and buildings are built into the rock surroundings. Some of the stone steps are narrow and steep, and you have to duck underneath the rocky overhangs. So hold onto the railing in these places and be careful on rainy days, as the steps will be slippery.

From the top of the hill you will be able to see the Andes Mountains in the distance and the roof tops of the city. When I was there, it was smoggy with pollution, although apparently it is usually smoggy – the pollution seems to get trapped by the mountains and hangs over the city. Exploring Cerro Santa Lucía doesn’t take as long as Cerro San Cristóbal, since there are more attractions and a longer hike over there.

Check out the rest of my day in Santiago at Cerro San Cristóbal.

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Let me know in the comment section below if you have ever been to Cerro Santa Lucía in Chile. What were your impressions of it?

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