Cerro Santa Lucía is one of the most visited public parks by national and foreign tourists, being one of the most recognizable icons of the capital and the country. It is a silent witness to the development that the city of Santiago has had since the arrival of the Spanish conquerors to the Mapocho Valley, on December 13, 1540. Called Huelén by the natives of the area, it was on its slopes that the conqueror Pedro de Valdivia established his camp before founding Santiago de la Nueva Extremadura. Cerro Santa Lucía changed its rugged appearance in 1872, thanks to the mayor of Santiago Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna, who turned it into an attractive promenade.
In addition to various tree species, ornamentation of European origin and relics from the Chilean colonial past, in Cerro Santa Lucía attractive spaces stand out, such as the Castillo Hidalgo, and the Neptuno and Caupolicán terraces. Free bilingual tours are held on Sunday and Monday at 10:00 am.
We are only 18 minutes walking through the surroundings of Santiago and the nature that surrounds the Cerro.