The fourth largest urban park in the world spans more than 722 hectares. It is the largest green lung in all of Latin America and is famous for its many tourist attractions. The Santiago Metropolitan Park is an important space in the capital for recreational, cultural and sporting activities and getting close to nature.
Metropolitan Park Attractions
History of the Metropolitan Park and its attractions
The park was created in April 1966, when the National Zoo and the Cerro San Cristóbal administrative services were combined and brought under the control of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning.
The iconic feature of the hill, the Cerro San Cristóbal Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, was inaugurated on April 26, 1908.
A campaign was launched in 1916, led by the Governor of Santiago, Alberto Mackenna Subercaseaux, and Senator Pedro Bannen, to transform the hill into a place for public recreation.
The succeeding Governor of Santiago, Pablo Urzúa, took official possession of the land on June 17, 1918.
Work was carried out on the hill between 1921 and 1927 to make it suitable for public use.
Law 16464, published in the Official Journal on April 1966, officially created the “Santiago Metropolitan Park”, combining administrative services for Cerro San Cristóbal and the National Zoo.
Most visited attractions
The park is home to two outdoor swimming pools: Tupahue Pool (“place of God” in Quechua) and the Antilén Pool (“there is sun” in Mapundungun). Both are open November through March.
The Japanese Garden, spanning 4.500 square meters, is a magical space that highlights Japanese culture and provides a spectacular view of the city.
The Shrine, the Casa de la Cultura Anahuac, the Funicular Railway and other attractions can be enjoyed during your #ExperienciaTeleferico.