Chilean National Zoo is a home to thousands of animal and it represents about 158 species. You can find native animals and birds including rare and endangered species in the zoo. The zoo is located at the foot of San Christobal Hill which is known as the Santiago Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano de Santiago). The Chilean National Park Zoo was founded in 1925 with 4, 8 hectare wide area. The zoo is focused on conserving and researching species, and educating and providing activities for public visiting
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White tiger cubs in Chile
There are five rare white tiger cubs that are debuted by Chilean National Zoo a few month ago. The white cubs often create media sensation, but frequently the news reports get some wrong facts about the white cubs. There are many articles that suggest white tigers as a distinct subspecies or that they are albinos. Neither of these are the case. In fact, white tigers are either Bengal Tigers with recessive genes do occasionally breed in the wild creating a white tiger. It is much more common for them to be bred for this characteristic. The white tiger cubs become the top attraction of Chilean National Zoo most of the years, since they are rare. The visitor never miss a chance to take photos of the White Tiger Cubs. If you have a tour in Chile, it is worth to visit Chilean National Zoo. Don't forget to prepare your cameras!
Eat with best view of Santiago
Santiago Vista Restaurant is a great restaurant which offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant overlooks the vast city from the paradoxical peaceful tranquility of San Christobal. You will know how underwhelming the cuisine is if you have much time to spent in Chile. Santiago Vista Restaurant offers a combination of vegetarian and meat dishes from the roots of fine Chilean cuisine. It will leave you visually and gastronomically satisfied when you deal along with breathtaking views. Go to have a tour on a clear day and make sure to have a window table. Don't forget to have a camera with you. Pedro de Valdivia entrance is the easiest access to get there. If you are traveling by taxi, there is an additional charge $3000 to enter the Cerro San Cristobal. It opens on Tuesday to Saturday at 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. You don't have to pay for parking.
Cycling your own tour de France
Cycling becomes the most popular way to get to the top of Cerro San Cristobal. That would be an unforgettable tour moment for you. The oasis of mountain bike routes has really something for everyone. You can enter the hill trough Parque Metropolotano on the street of Pio Nono. You will find different routes around one kilometer in distance. You don't have to worry about the facilities here, because there are many resting places and bathroom. You can also get to the top of Cerro San Cristobal via Pedro Valdivia or Americo Vespucino.
Take the Funicular to the top
The word 'funicular' comes from the clue 'FUNicular', hoping that everyone who ride funicular will be fun. The funicular is built in 1925 and it is still running today. The funicular can be accessed from Calle Pio Nono in Funky Barrio Bellavista. It opens on Monday from 2pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. The ticket of funicular will cost you 2.000CLP on weekdays, while on weekends it cost 3.000CLP. The best way to get there is to take metro to Baquedano. You will find the funicular when you walk north straight up the Bellavista. When you are in doubt, just follow the large snow white statue at the top of the hill.
How to Get Tickets?
To get the ticket you can directly purchase from the ticket booth, or you can buy it online. Both of them offer different experience of getting the ticket. If you purchase the ticket directly from ticket booth, you need to be patient through its long line. If you buy the ticket online, it will save your time because don't need to waste your time by making line.
How To Get Around?
The best way to get around the zoo is by taking the funicular. By taking the funicular you can enjoy the breathtaking view around the Chilean National Zoo. It will really work to refresh your mind during your tour in Santiago. You can also getting around by renting a bike. That will be a great way to enjoy the panorama around the zoo, and the most important thing is that you don't need to feel tired.
What Should I Wear?
There is no any dress when you have a tour in Chile, because the weather is pleasant. All you need to do is just prepare your daily stuff, like: t-shirt, skirt, dress, pants or dress. It's up to you. It is also good to have sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses with you. Don't forget to make sure that all stuff you wear are comfortable, so you will never miss every second of your tour in Chile thinking about dress code.
Best Time to Visit
Late September to November is the best month to visit Chilean National Zoo, since these months mark the spring and fall season in Chile. These season will experience you plenty of sunshine, thinner crowds and affordable flight options. Here, you can attend a grape harvest festival. That would be a nice tour in Chile. From November to April the temperatures, crowds, and hotel prices start to swell. Meanwhile, on May to September you will experience showers, cooler temperatures and increased smog level.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, we will make sure that you can find all information you need in the website.
How To Get There?
If you are from other cities you can reach Santiago by bus, taxi, or renting a car. To get to the zoo, you can hike up the stairs or take the funicular from the base of the hill at the end of Pia Nono Street. The zoo is about halfway up. You can take a walk to reach the Chilean National Zoo. The walk is not very hard, but for wheelchair and stroller access you should take the funicular