The 3.5 km of the Rustic Trail of Santiago’s San Cristóbal Hill of Santiago, inaugurated on April 11, is infrastructure that not only allows transport and connection between places but also builds a place of encounter with the geographic conditions of the territory we inhabit.
On April 11, one of the sections proposed for the Rustic Trail project of Santiago’s San Cristóbal Hill was opened. The so-called Section 0 is part of a larger-scale project by the firm Elemental that seeks to value the route of the historic El Carmen Canal, while consolidating the edges of the hill and connecting the communities that contain it: Huechuraba, Recoleta, Providence and Vitacura. Listed as a “green corridor,” the first 3.5 km of the project make up the northern slope of the mountain range from the construction of a horizontal walkway for pedestrian and sports use (1).
(1) See Afasia Archzine (2015) <http://afasiaarq.blogspot.com/2014/04/elemental.html>
In practice, the total project, divided into two stages of construction, will consist of a sequence of connected sections that extend for 14 km with an approximate width of 3.5 m. The inaugurated Section 0, formed in some sectors by a linear edge of gabions and a compacted gravel ground cover, begins at the access to the Metropolitan Park by Av. Pedro de Valdivia North, continuing to the Children’s Park in Recoleta. From Pedro de Valdivia Avenue, the path – of 1.1 km – is continuous until the intersection with El Cerro and Los Conquistadores Avenues. At that point, the route to the Children’s Park – of 1.8 km – joins the existing edge walkway, corresponding to Carlos Reed Road, passing by the Metropolitan Zoo and the Funicular. Then, from the access to the hill by Av. Pío Nono, it is possible to continue for 0.6 km, at an intermediate height of approximately 600 meters above sea level, to the Children’s Park and then continue along the western slope to the Tupahue Pool ( 2).
(2) See Cycle map route Sendero Rústico (Rustic Trail) © Francisca Salas P. for LOFscapes.
Since 1925, San Cristóbal Hill has established itself as a park project based on the execution of a series of interventions recognizing its potential as a public space. In its consolidated sections, the Rustic Trail connects infrastructure between existing places or programs and suggests that landmarks such as San Cristóbal Hill can connect the city and promote the encounter of its inhabitants with the geographical conditions of the Valley they live in.
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free access: by Pío Nono, Recoleta and Av. Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Providencia. For more information and specific events see Santiago Metropolitan Park (2015) <www.pms.cl>