With its enviable position right against the Andes, there are many good views to be had from in and around Santiago. If you’re coming in the winter, after a good rain, the Andes are snowcapped and perfect from nearly anywhere in the city, though the smog can obscure them at any time of year.
For a good view of Santiago from populated spots, you could consider one of the two iconic hills, with Cerro Santa Lucía being smaller and more centrally-located, but both are worth a peep.
Cerro San Cristobal is the larger of the two hills, with a statue of the Virgin Mary atop. Take the funicular up from the Pio Nono side and enjoy views of much of the city and the Andes in the background.
From Cerro Santa Lucía, the view is not quite as impressive, but you still get a good overview of downtown, and you can’t miss the Andes on a clear day.
Any tall building will give a good view, and an afternoon drink on the 16th floor of the Grand Hyatt (along with some Chilean-style serrano ham and smoked salmon) are a good way to appreciate the view.
If you’re up for a longish walk, consider a hike into La Reina’s Parque Mahuida, where up by the power lines (And beyond), you get a panoramic view of the city from afar (but still within city limits). From here you can keep hiking until the city is nothing more than a few reflecting buildings in the distance.
And wherever you go, be sure to bring your camera, because you never know when something interesting might catch your eye.
Feature photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Flickr.