On one side of the main avenue of Santiago, Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins (Alameda), there is an oasis where you can have a great and relaxed moment: Santa Lucía Hill. Appreciated by the citizens and foreigners not only for the tranquility it offers, its beauty and its paths, but also for the fascinating stories it hides.
Santa Lucía Hill is located in the center of the city of Santiago de Chile, now converted into a walking area for its visitors in which you can enjoy tranquility, beauty and observe the city of Santiago from above. Numerous paths, stairs and corners make this place an unforgettable destination for locals and tourists alike, being one of the most visited places by foreigners.
When the story stops at an oasis
And it is that as soon as you put a foot inside the Santa Lucia Hill, it transports to past times where it was not a place to walk but a strategic point to defend the city from external threats. For this reason remain remnants of the old Castillo Hidalgo that was this place. In addition to being the place where Pedro de Valdivia founded the City of Santiago in 1541, Cerro Santa Lucia hides corners full of history.
In the past a place to take refuge from the threats between the walls of Castillo Hidalgo, built on the top of the hill by order of the governor of Chile, Casimiro Marcó del Pont, in 1816. Today, those who visit it take refuge from the noise of the city in its pleasant walks and labyrinthine stone stairs that lead to majestic constructions such as the Fountain of Neptune.