The Santiago Cable Car has reopened after 7 years.
The Santiago Cable Car has left behind the classic “egg capsules” and now offers a modern and safe ride in one of 47 cabins that can carry up to 6 people each, as well as 8 special cars for transporting bicycles. Everyone is welcome to ride on the cable car because there is universal access for strollers, wheelchairs and bicycles. These special cars make it possible for cycling enthusiasts to explore the bike paths high atop Cerro San Cristóbal.
The Santiago Cable Car travels about 4km (return) and takes 15 minutes at a maximum speed of 18 km/hour. Riders have a privileged view of the city and can stop at one of three stations: Oasis, Tupahue and Cumbre (the summit).
The new cable car system is much faster and each cabin is equipped with a ventilation system, foldable seats, lighting, heating and a panic button in case of emergency. All stations are located close to attractions so visitors can enjoy a pleasant and fun-filled day.
The government announced the renovations in 2014 and work on the new Santiago Cable Car began the following year.
The renowned French firm Poma, which is part of the Santiago Cable Car Consortium, was responsible for updating the service. Repairs included the acquisition of next-generation cabins and completely replacing cables, motors, and control mechanisms.
Turistik, responsible for running the Santiago Cable Car.
This well-known Chilean company was awarded a 10-year concession contract. The Santiago Cable Car lets you soar high above the Santiago Metropolitan Park, the second largest urban park in South America and the fourth largest in the world. The park covers more than 700 hectares and is home to wonderful tourist attractions and amazing lookouts that have captivated Chilean and international tourists alike, who have chosen Santiago as their primary travel destination for eating, shopping and generally enjoying their highly anticipated vacations.