I also discovered the weekend haunt for what must have been most of Santiago's runners and cyclists.
Taking the funicular railway (1,000 Chilean Pesos) to the top of San Cristobal hill saved 300 metres of climbing, on an unseasonally hot May morning. The hill is part of the Metropolitan Park and the top was crowded with cyclists and runners. There are a few marked tarmac routes around the park, with very little vehicle traffic. With breathtaking views to distant Andean peaks, and a hazy view of the entire city of Santiago, it provides a wonderful area to explore on foot.
|Mote con huesillo|
The park extends away from the summit for several miles and includes a zoo and formal gardens. The open air swimming pools were unfortunately closed - a quick dip would have been most refreshing after the long, sunny walk.