Running in Santiago de Chile was a really cool experience and even though the city doesn’t have that much green, you can at least follow the (small) river. Check out this guide to learn more about where to go running in Santiago!
I was quite lucky with the weather when running in Santiago de Chile. The sun was shining and there was a clear sky and it wasn’t too hot in the morning – perfect weather for running.
My run started at the DoubleTree Santiago Vitacura, one of many international hotels in this part of the city, which is mainly a business area.
The nice thing about this location is that you can reach the river very quickly, which allows for great running!
Let’s be honest first: The river of Santiago isn’t really cool as it hardly has any water and thus looks a little sad, especially with all the spraying taking place.
Nevertheless, when running here, you are far away from the streets as there’s a very nice park with some greenery, which makes you forget that you are in a metropolis.
When looking on the other side, you can often spot one or another big office building.
On the other hand, there are a few cool monuments on the running path, too.
Personally, I particularly enjoyed the changing greenery with normal trees first and palms later.
Not bad for running in a big city!
I decided to turn around at Parque de Aviacion as I didn’t want to overdo it, but in theory you can go on for a quite while as there are more nice parks coming.
On the way back though, you have to stay on the same side of the river you came from as the park is only one side of the river in this area).
However, you can cross the Rio Mapocho again after approximately one kilometer.
Here, you’ll find another park, which is quite nice for running.
The real highlight though is the Parque de las Esculturas, which is a large park showcasing various pieces of art.
That’s maybe the best way of combining sports and culture, ever!
What’s really cool about running in Santiago is that you can admire the skyscrapers with the mountains in the background once in a while.
Nevertheless, my run was nearly over at this point, so I crossed the (somewhat sad looking) river again and went back to the hotel.
Overall, I really enjoyed running in Santiago de Chile and can only recommend giving it a try. Especially for a city in South America, Santiago is great for running!