Santiago de Chile is the country’s capital and largest metropolis, positioned almost smack in the middle of this long narrow country between the Andean mountain corridor and the Pacific Ocean. This city is largely made up of narrow side streets and 19th-century neoclassical architecture interspersed between hills, parks, and the Mapocho River. While the air in Santiago is somewhat polluted and smoggy, the views of the Andes rising up above the skyscrapers are breathtaking in and of themselves. Our guide to running in Santiago features some of the city’s great parks and neighborhoods with good streets for running.
Running is not terribly popular in Chile (so you might get some weird looks!), but being such a large city, Santiago has it’s fair share of enthusiasts who have congregated to found races, stores, and running groups. Because the streets are not designed for running, the best places to run in Santiago tend to be the parks like Parque Forestal, Cerro San Cristobal, and Parque O’Higgins. Some neighborhoods, like Vitacura, have decent road running.
Like many cities developed before modern public transportation, Santiago can be maze-like and confusing to navigate. However, they do have a very reliable Metro and bus system which will get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. If you plan on being in town for even a few days, it’s worth it to purchase a Bip! Card, the easiest and cheapest way to charge your fares.