There are several alternatives in Santiago for those seeking for a sanctuary out from urban chaos. Parks with beautiful landscapes, lagoons, picnic areas and even spaces adapted for practicing outdoor sports. They are an excellent alternative for summer.
That is why we have chosen some of the best green spaces in Santiago for spending time with family, friends or even take a break from the routine.
Parque Bicentenario (Bicentennial Park)
With a total Surface of 27 hectares extending along Mapocho River´s east shore, Parque Bicentenario has a lot of green areas and an artificial lagoon full of black necked swans, fulicas, flamingoes and koi fish. Every month this beautiful green space is visited by 28000 people who want to enjoy a quiet moment surrounded by more than 4000 trees.
Close to Alonso de Cordova street at Vitacura City Hall – where several jewelry shops, luxury boutiques, design shops, coffee shops and good restaurants can be found – the park is a must after a day of shopping.
How to get there: From Tobalaba subway station (Subway’s line 1) walk along Vitacura Street and take bus number 405. Get down on the corner of Vitacura and Alonso de Cordova Street and take a 10 minutes walk to get to the park.
This is a significant urban space; it has been a meeting point in downtown Santiago for more than 100 years for all those who want to find a quiet space in the middle of the city’s whirlwind. Close to the cultural areas in Santiago you cannot miss the Fine Arts Museum, Estación Mapocho Cultural Center and significant heritage neighborhoods such as Lastarria, Bellavista and Bellas Artes.
How to get there: You can get walking from Baquedano Subway Station (Lines 1 and 5) and Bellas Artes (Line 5).
Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan Park)
With 700 hectares, it is the largest urban space in Latin America and the 4th in the world. Parque Metropolitano is located at San Cristobal hill, it has diverse picnic areas with tables, chairs, drinkable water and public restrooms at Ermitaño Bajo and Alto and Los Canelos, apart from the Mapulemu botanical garden with wide green hills.
The greatest attraction in this park, aside from its amazing panoramic views, is the cable car which re-opened at the end of 2016. The cable car takes you to the top of the hill and – for years – it has been one of the most representative icons in Santiago.
How to get there: You can get there by climbing up the stairs at Caupolican square or from the corner of Pedro de Valdivia Norte and El Cerro avenue, where you must pay the cable car’s ticket over there.
Parque de los Reyes
Los Reyes Park is a significant sports and family space. It has the best skatepark in Santiago, games for kids, an artificial lagoon and a sports center, everything in 31 hectares of green areas. If you want to enjoy a more romantic environment, next to Santa Teresa de los Andes Image, you will find a space with the park’s panoramic views and a 4000 m2 lagoon in which the colorful sunsets are reflected. Besides, next to this urban space, you will find Renato Poblete’s Park, located at the west side. This is the first fluvial urban park Chile and it offers wonderful views from its lagoons and walkways built over the water.
How to get there: You can get there by walking from Cumming subway station (Line 5) and Cal y Canto (Line 2)
Parque de las Esculturas (Sculptures Park)
Google Earth named it one of the most remarkable places in Santiago due to its great attractiveness. It is located in Providencia and offers a relaxation space under the shadow of ancient trees. Parque de las Esculturas is a small piece of land of 2,5 hectares installed next to Mapocho River and it is an ideal plan for relaxing and learning about national culture. According to its name, more than 20 artists exhibit their sculptures transforming the park in an outdoors museum, recognized by International Council of Museums in 2008.
How to get there: You can get there walking from Pedro de Valdivia Subway Station (Line 1). You have to pass Mapocho river through Pedro de Valdivia bridge or Lyon bridge.
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