Cerro San Cristobal
Cerro (Spanish for Hill) San Cristobal was named so by the Spanish conquistadors after St. Christopher.
In 1903, California’s Lick Observatory set up its twin observatory on San Cristobal known as the Manuel Foster Observatory.
In 1908, the summit saw a new attraction – the Sanctuary of Immaculate Conception (Virgin de la Immaculada Concepcion) and its highlight is the imposing 14-metre tall statue of Mother Mary painted in pristine white.
San Cristobal Hill also boasts Chile’s largest public park, the Santiago Metropolitan Park, as well as the National Zoo.
The hill also has two public pools – the Tupahue and the Antilen which are open to all through summer months.
San Cristobel also attracts its fair share of nature lovers and adventurers who explore the hillsides via the many scenic trails that meander up to the summit.