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Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago

Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago (must see)

Most of the time, hills are not seen as tourist attractions, but the Santa Lucia Hill in downtown Santiago veers away from this cliché as it features several beautiful sights, including fountains, a castle and stairways. Though it was originally called Huelen, which means “melancholy”, it brings smiles to the faces of many travelers who are awed by its beautiful facade. Its current name commemorates Santa Lucía day which is the date when Pedro de Valdivia conquered the hill in 1541.

The current beauty of the hill can be attributed to the efforts of Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna, who remodeled the hill by developing a road across it, building a chapel and introducing different varieties of trees and vegetation which did wonders to the hill's appearance. This he achieved with the help of Manuel Aldunate, Enrique Henes and Andres Staimbuck. Fountains, as well as several lookout points, have been connected by paths and stairways, and this has made the hill one of the best places for a leisurely walk.

In December 1983, Santa Lucía Hill was declared a Chilean national monument and currently, a lot of events in the Castillo Hidalgo take place there, including weddings. It is also one of the best spots to get a scenic view of the city of Santiago.

Why You Should Visit:
Can be a great addition to any sightseeing walk involving Santiago's central area, as it is right between Barrios Lastarria and Bellas Artes, two of Santiago's most charming artsy areas.
If you're in the market for souvenirs, you're in luck: the hill is located directly across from the Santa Lucia artisan market, where you can find a wide range of reasonably priced Chilean items.

Tip:
It is best to visit on the weekend, as there is less traffic in the city and therefore less pollution.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm; Free entry
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Santa Lucía Hill on Map

Sight Name: Santa Lucía Hill
Sight Location: Santiago, Chile
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Santiago, Chile

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

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Recoleta Commune Walk

Recoleta Commune Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Santiago Landmarks Walking Tour

Santiago Landmarks Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Santiago Museums Tour

Santiago Museums Tour

Santiago, the capital of Chile, was founded by Spanish conquerers. As most other capitals, the heart of Santiago is full of museums rich in the culture and history of the city and of Chile. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited museums of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Santiago Introduction Walk

Santiago Introduction Walk

The downtown area of Chilean capital Santiago is a true treasure trove for architecture and history lovers. Spending time in Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, will be even more enjoyable if you follow this orientation walk and explore the city's colonial past.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
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Santiago's Historical Churches and Cathedrals

The main religious buildings of Santiago were built in the 17th and 18th centuries and are set in the center of the city. These amazing buildings and monuments are mostly Catholic temples but there are a few Orthodox churches as well. The following self-guided walking tour will lead you to these sacred places:

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles

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