Holidays in Santa Lucia Hill

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Santa Lucia Hill which includes heritage architecture, heritage elements and street scenes

Climb the elegant stairs to the top of this central hill to enjoy panoramic views of Santiago and admire the ornate fountains, flower displays and amphitheater.

Rising out of the eastern edge of downtown Santiago is the picturesque Cerro Santa Lucía (Santa Lucia Hill). Escape the city center crowds and enjoy panoramic views over Santiago’s rooftops to the Andes mountains. Admire an impressive collection of art and architecture or shop for handicrafts at artisanal markets.

The hill marks the spot where Spaniard Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago in 1541. Originally used as a lookout, this 226-feet (69-meter) high hill remained unchanged until the late 19th century. In 1872 the city mayor turned it into a landscaped public park, which is now popular with young couples and those wanting to take a break from the downtown bustle. Traditionally, a cannon shot is fired from the hill at midday on weekdays.

Reach the summit on foot or take the elevator at the hill’s western entrance. Brick pathways wind around the hill and lead to small squares and lookout points. Pause to admire grand stone staircases, regal façades and ornamental fountains. Look for monuments and statues hidden among the trees. These honor notable Chileans, such as city founder Pedro de Valdivia and former archbishop Manuel Vicuña Larraín.

At the top of the hill is the dramatic fortification Castle Hidalgo, which is now an events center. A square in front of the castle has benches to rest with a view. Go to the observation deck above the castle for even better city vistas.

Santa Lucia Hill can be reached on foot from the Plaza de Armas, a 15-minute walk. Public buses, the metro and a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus all stop nearby. Also visit the Centro Artesanal de Santa Lucía, opposite the hill’s main entrance and browse for handcrafted shoes and woolen clothing, musical instruments and leather goods. Find indigenous crafts at the Centro de Exposición de Arte Indígena.

Cerro Santa Lucía is a public park, but you are asked to sign a registry to enter. There are three entrances to the hill, all at varying locations along Santa Lucía street. The elevator operates from Tuesday to Saturday around lunchtime and the late afternoon.

1210 Cheap Hotels Near Santa Lucia Hill

Mercure Santiago Centro
Mercure Santiago Centro
3.5 out of 5
Av. Libertador Bernardo O Higgins, 632, Centro, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$89 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.
Located in Downtown Santiago, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Church and National Archive. Pontifical Catholic University ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (637 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Mercure Santiago Centro
The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$314 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Located in Lastarria, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Forest Park and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Costanera Center. Lastarria District and National Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (308 reviews)
"The staff was hands down the best I’ve ever encountered. They took care of every need we had, gave great local restaurant and club recommendations, and arranged transportation and COVID testing for us. They were so friendly and accommodating. We loved staying at The Singular."

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

The Singular Santiago
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Merced 433, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago
The price is AU$157 per night from 12 Feb. to 13 Feb.
Located near the slopes, this Downtown Santiago hotel is in the city centre, and within a 5-minute walk of Forest Park, Santa Lucia Hill and National Museum ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (283 reviews)
Outstanding
"High quality hotel at a good price. Lovely room and very impressive service throughout. Felt like a very welcomed and treasured guest. They even fixed a tear on a pair of trousers for me at no extra charge."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2020

Hotel Sommelier Boutique
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Top Santa Lucia Hill Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Hostal Forestal
Hostal Forestal
2 out of 5
Coronel Santiago Bueras 122, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$52 per night from 11 Feb. to 12 Feb.
Hostal Forestal
The Singular Santiago
The Singular Santiago
5 out of 5
Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$314 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
The Singular Santiago
Mercure Santiago Centro
Mercure Santiago Centro
3.5 out of 5
Av. Libertador Bernardo O Higgins, 632, Centro, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$89 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.
Mercure Santiago Centro
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Merced 433, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago
The price is AU$157 per night from 12 Feb. to 13 Feb.
Hotel Sommelier Boutique
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Coronel Santiago Bueras 188, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$138 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
3.5 out of 5
Santo Domingo 526, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$133 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.
Altiplanico Bellas Artes
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
4 out of 5
Jose Victorino Lastarria 299, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$218 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Hotel Cumbres Lastarria
Hotel Magnolia
Hotel Magnolia
3.5 out of 5
Calle Huérfanos 539, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
The price is AU$292 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Hotel Magnolia
NH Ciudad de Santiago
NH Ciudad de Santiago
4.5 out of 5
Avda. Condell, 40, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
The price is AU$88 per night from 27 Feb. to 28 Feb.
NH Ciudad de Santiago
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