Santa Lucía Hill, Santiago, Chile

A small fort tucked between busy streets and high walls, Santa Lucía Hill is a Santiago “must-see.”

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From the outside, it didn’t look like much, but once we meandered through the front gates on our second day in Santiago, we encountered a small, new world full of color and humming birds… and who doesn’t love humming birds?

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In the years of the “conquista,” the “fort” was used as a look-out, garnished with canons, winding paths and plenty of places to hide.

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The trees stand tall and the vines fall low, making this “fort” feel more like an oasis.

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Free entry + no crowds = my perfect place to explore.

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As we wandered past the masses of orange flowers, we could hear hummingbirds buzzing around in abundance. I could have snapped photos of these skittish little fellows all afternoon, but our layover was just too short and so my dad politely shooed me along.

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Once we summited the fort, we were presented with a stellar view of Santiago and the snowcapped Andes Mountains.

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I visited Santiago with my dad in late June on a quick layover. Although the season was falling into winter, the weather was perfect. In just two days, I felt as though we conquered everything I wanted to see. For a look at DAY 1 of our brief adventure, click here.

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