I was also happy to be back in Santiago because there were so many things I did not get a chance to do while I was there for Winter Session. The first place on my list to visit was Cerro Santa Lucia. It’s hard to explain Santa Lucia, but it’s basically a hill in the middle of the city that has different pathways, gardens, and patios with phenomenal views of Santiago. Its really beautiful and it was cool to walk all the way to the top (after having a brief anxiety attack due to the elevation).
Another activity on my list was to hike to the top of Cerro San Cristobal. An even bigger hill than Santa Lucia, Cerro San Cristobal towers over the city and makes up Parque Metropolitano. At the top of the hill there is a huge statue of the Virgin Mary, which is illuminated at night and can be seen from all over the city. Although there is a lift that takes visitors on a leisurely ride to the top of the hill, people can also hike to see the statue at the top. We woke up early, had a nice breakfast (with real coffee!!), and headed out to conquer Cerro San Cristobal. It was (like some friends had warned me) a little more strenuous than we originally anticipated, but it was really worth it. The walk is beautiful and the views of the city are truly spectacular, and by the time we made it to the top I felt very accomplished and proud of myself (so I obviously rewarded myself with a Magnum ice cream bar). Feeling pretty impressed with our hiking skills on the way up, we took a path down that was marked as being highly difficult. It was a really fun hike down, probably because of Steph’s salsa dance breaks or Tim’s reenactments of his teenage mountain conquering days.