Anybody could tell you that the best way to see a sprawling metropolitan city is from up high. So, where should you go to get the most beautiful views of Santiago, Chile? Here are six of my favorite places to catch a glimpse of Santiago’s skyline.
1. CERRO SAN CRISTÓBAL
San Cristóbal hill is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in Santiago. It’s just a short ride up the funicular to get to the top, where you can see the famous statue of Mary and a great view of the city. However, be forewarned that there is typically a long line to ride up on the weekends and on holidays. Nonetheless, if you have more time, I recommend hiking your way up. Depending on the route that you take, you can pick an easier or harder hike, with the shorter route taking less than an hour to reach the cumbre. The teleférico is also now functioning, but since this is a newer attraction, the lines involve quite a wait.
2. NOI VITACURA
If you’d rather skip the lines, drop by the rooftop at the Noi Hotel in Vitacura for a cocktail and a stunning sunset view. In fact, the Tramonto Bar and Terrace was named one of the top rooftop hotel bars with incredible views by Condé Nast in 2013. This spot is open year round and also offers a brunch menu on Sundays!
3. W SANTIAGO
Adding to the list of gorgeous hotel rooftops in Santiago, the W Hotel is another spot you can’t miss. Perfect for a drink with the girls or even just a relaxing moment after work, the W Santiago is located close to the El Golf metro station. The drinks at the bar are pricey, but definitely worth the experience of watching the sunset over the Andes.
4. SKY COSTANERA
Sky Costanera is a newer attraction located inside of, you guessed it, Costanera Center. It’s similar to other viewing points in cities such as Chicago and New York where you buy a ticket and take an elevator up to the top floor. You can stay at the top for as long as you like, and my favorite time of day to visit has to be the hour before sunset. This way, you get three different views of the city: during the day, at sunset, and at night.
5. CERRO CALÁN
If you have a car when visiting Santiago, I recommend taking the drive up to Cerro Calán in Las Condes. This is actually where Chile’s National Astronomical Observatory is located! One of the best times to visit this mirador is at night, when you can watch Santiago’s twinkling lights.
6. AZOTEA MATILDE
Azotea Matilde is a rooftop restaurant situated in the heart of the Bellavista neighborhood. Although it doesn’t offer as expansive of a panorama of the city as the other options on this list do, it’s still a great place to have dinner with a view. It’s also close to many of the other big tourist attractions in Santiago, so it’s an easy spot to pop in for a meal or a drink. You can check out Azotea Matilde’s menu here.