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Santiago is a surprising city. Chile’s capital is something of a boom town, growing ever eastward in a rush of rising steel and blue glass. It can be a busy and frenetic place but Santiago does also enjoy a surprising number of green spaces, little pockets of calm amid the action. So if you’re on vacation in Santiago, wrap up some warm empanada pastries, order up a cup of freshly squeezed local fruit juice and head out for a picnic in one of Santiago’s many parks. Here’s our guide to where to go!

Sculpture Park

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Where: The park runs from Pedro de Valdivia Bridge to Padre Letelier Bridge in the Providencia neighbourhood. Head to the Pedro de Valdivia Metro station for easy access.

What: A permanent outdoor museum featuring 30 sculptures and exhibits from various Chilean and international artists.

Why: The sculpture park is a tranquil haven away from the crowds and bustle of the city. As well as being an officially recognised museum, there are also free open-air jazz concerts in summer.

 

Botanical Garden

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Where: Found within Santiago’s Metropolitan Park on San Cristobal Hill, not far from the Tupahue outdoor swimming pool.

What: Four hectares of land set aside for conserving and displaying over 80 species of native Chilean plants and trees. You’ll also find a small stream with a waterfall, a duck pond and a small garden for medicinal plants.

Why: See native Chilean species of trees and plants including the rare Chilean Wine Palm and enjoy great views over the city.

 

Parque Quinta Normal

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Where: In the Quinta Normal area of downtown Santiago. Take Metro line 5 to the Quinta Normal stop, which will drop you right on the edge of the park.

What: One of Santiago’s hidden gems, Parque Quinta Normal is where the local families go with their weekend picnic. The park houses child-friendly museums like the Museum of Science and Technology and the Santiago Railway Museum. There’s even a small lake with paddle boats for rent.

Why: A good place to blow off steam during the day.

 

Parque Forestal

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Where: This park runs through Santiago’s historical quarter from Mapocho Station to Plaza Baquedano.

What: The park forms a long, slender strip of green that borders the Mapocho River, punctuated by sculptures and fountains. Its central location makes this park a natural magnet for smalls markets and fairs as well as street entertainers like jugglers and musicians.

Why: Parque Forestal makes a great pedestrian highway through the busy city. If you’re trying to get uptown on foot, make your way through the park for a more scenic journey.

 

Parque Bicentenario

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Where: Located in Santiago’s upmarket Vitacura neighbourhood between the Mapocho River and Bicentenario Avenue.

What: One of Santiago’s newer parks, Bicentenario winds alongside the riverside. The park is home to over 4,000 trees, of which more than 1,300 are species native to Chile. This long narrow park also contains an exhibition space for festivals and events.

Why: Sleek ponds with a resident flock of flamingos, free deck chairs and umbrellas for lounging in the lazy afternoon sunshine, well manicured lawns and designated bike paths… The real question is why not visit Parque Bicentenario!

 

Santiago Metropolitan Park (Cerro San Cristobal)

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Where: The park extends across the hills of San Cristobal, Chacarillas and Los Gemelos. The easiest way in is via the newly refurbished funicular up San Cristobal hill which sets off from the Bellavista neighbourhood.

What: A total of 722 hectares of parkland, divided up into various different zones. The park features two different open-air pools that are open during the warm summer months of November to March. The National Zoo and the Botanical Garden are both located within the park, which also features a sanctuary commemorating the Virgin Mary at the summit. On the way up you find plenty of opportunities to have a scenic picnic.

Why: It’s the largest city park in Chile and one of the biggest in the world. It’s also a great place to enjoy panoramic views of the rest of the city on a clear day.

 

Parque O’Higgins

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Where: The big park is located in the south of Metro Station Los Heroes.

What: This massive one is used for the Lollapalooza in the beginning of the year. Also throughout the year big musicians enter the stage in the Movistar Arena. A third cultural venue is the Centro Cultural Teatro La Cúpula. Besides chilling, music and theater there is small amusement park called „Fantasilandia“. You hear the screaming adrenaline junkies miles and miles.

Why: Freakin’ Rollercoasters!!!

 

 

 

artículo extraído de: www.cascada.travel/en/News/Visit-Santiagos-Best-Parks

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