Cerro San Cristóbal is one of the most commonly mentioned tourist attractions in Santiago. Take the funicular up, check out the statue of the Virgin Mary, enjoy the views. Except this last bit can be hard to do on many days, thanks to the lovely layer of smog and haze that often sits over the city.
I usually suggest picking the clearest day of your Santiago trip to head up the hill, but when Laura came to visit, we only had one day to explore Santiago after our time in Valparaíso. So despite the clouds, up we went. The dogs weren’t bothered by the weather, so why should we be?
Aside from the views (and of course, the public swimming pools), Cerro San Cristóbal offers us something extra: it’s Lola’s FAVORITE place. She races around like a maniac through the trees, trying to take in all the smells and meet all the other dogs and chase all the sticks. Too. Much. Excitement. Which is why by the time she got to the top, she was thirsty and drew quiet the crowd with her water fountain antics.
We humans were more focused on the view. I’m not a Catholic, but there’s still something to be said for a massive statue that seems to be protecting and watching over the whole city. Mary is lit up at night, and you can see her from much of Santiago, keeping an eye on everything.
And while the clouds may have blocked out the sunlight and even sprinkled a few rain drops on us, they made for an ethereal sunset, the kind where you feel like you could almost reach out and scoop up a handful of cotton candy cloud.
Not a bad way to end a weekend or, in this case, a last-minute trip to Santiago.
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