Family Travel Ideas in SantiagoEdit This
Santiago, Chile offers a wide variety of attractions that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. If you’re planning your next vacation down to South America, you're sure to have a great family vacation.
Cerro San Cristobal and Cerro Santa Lucia
Children will love the two famous hills in this city, Cerro San Cristobal and Cerro Santa Lucia. San Cristobal is the highest point and largest park in the city. It is covered with green trees and paths. Atop the hill sits a huge statue of the Virgin Mary donated by France, as well as a chapel and an amphitheater. On lower areas of Cerro San Cristobal there are two municipal pools, a Japanese garden, a botanical garden, and the Metropolitan Zoo.
The pools are generally crowded and quite pricey, although taking a dip is always refreshing on hot, smoggy days, which occur very often. The zoo houses a respectable variety of animals, including elephants, tigers, monkeys, and flamingos, and kids even get a discount on the entrance fee.
Out of the three ways to get to the top, the cable car is by far the most entertaining, and on clear days you get a spectacular view of the city. It costs around $5 USD per adult. Be careful, as the little cars sometimes sway in the wind and are rather high, so it can be scary for very young children. The funicular is your other option, and recommended if you’re going first to the zoo. The third option is to walk, by walking you can better see all the attractions this park has to offer, however, it can be a bit strenuous for young kids as it’s a long walk.
Cerro Santa Lucia is another beautiful green area in Santiago. It has some lovely examples of French architecture and fountains, including the fountain of Neptune. There is no entrance fee, so use the money to share a delicious ice cream with your kids at the half-way point.
Museo Interactivo Mirador
Take the whole family on an adventure to the MIM, or Museo Interactivo Mirador. This one of a kind interactive museum explores the world of technology and science inviting all to take part in experiments and demonstrations. It’s educational and fun for the whole family. Prices range from $8 USD for adults to $6 USD for students. You can also purchase passes for more than one day at a cheaper rate per day.