During the first years of 20th century, The Metropolitan Park on Cerro San Cristóbal had many changes. Those changes transformed this place into a necessary place to visit for both Chileans and tourists.
One of the most important changes was the forest development and the construction of the Funicular. This work of engineering and transportation was opened on April 25th, 1925. Its exceptional mechanical design, explains why it kept up to date in such good conditions. It's an entertaining, cheap and fast way to enter the zoo and the Virgin Sanctuary (top of the hill).
The Funicular has two wagons. Each one of them has capacity to transport 50 people and its route is an obligatory tour for city visitors. One of the most remembered visitors is Juan Pablo II ( April 1st, 1987). For that and much more, this elevator was named National Monument in November 2000. Every year 300,000 people visit this fantastic and particular elevator.
The Funicular crosses 485 meters on an inclined plane of 45º/48º degrees. It stops in the national Zoo and then ends in Bellavista Terrace, at 260 meters over the city and 820 meters over sea level. Very near to this terrace is the famous "Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepción". In this area the Teleferico and Funicular are connected.
Round Trip Ticket Adult fee $ 1.200
Round Trip Ticket Children fee
(3 - 13 years old) $ 700
One way Ticket $ 700
Ticket to the Zoo:
Adult fee $ 500
Children Fee $ 500
Monday 13:00 to 20:30 hours
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 20:30 hrs
Weekends and holidays 10:00 to 21:00 hrs