Throughout much of Santiago’s cultural neighborhoods
, deep-rooted history is on full display. Such is the case with the La Reina commune. An area of leafy parks, forested hills, and low population density, it began as an outdoor playground for a powerful Chilean family of Basque descent. Yet La Reina still retains its exclusivity in modern times – especially in La Reina Alta toward the commune’s eastern edge – but has expanded to include middle to upper-middle income families as well.
Now you too can experience La Reina’s natural beauty and upscale living with a stay in one of our vacation rentals!
Where is La Reina?
Originally part of Ñuñoa commune on the east end of Santiago’s urban core, La Reina lies between the trendy Los Condes commune to the north
and the industrial Macul commune to the south. It encompasses 23 square miles of residential, mixed-use, and wilderness areas. Though it's found within the urban core, it largely retains a rugged character thanks to its close proximity to the Andes Mountains.
Things to Do in La Reina
With gorgeous views of Andean peaks, a notable absence of high-rise buildings, and multiple parks where native wildlife flourishes, La Reina is where the city ends and the great outdoors begins.
Case in point: Mahuida Park. If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll definitely want to visit this 420-acre park lying at the base of Andean foothills on the eastern edge of La Reina. Take an adrenaline-inducing ride on the Rodelbahn, a bobsled-like slide that zips down and around the park’s tree-lined hills. But that’s just the start to a long list of thrilling activities, which also includes mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, paintballing, and so much more in this unique park.
With many other parks and greenspaces to choose from, the outdoor thrills certainly don’t end at Mahuida Park. Pack a picnic for the sites (called “quinchos”) at Padre Hurtado Park - a sprawling, grassy space that straddles the north side of La Reina and the south side of Las Condes. Bring some meat to barbecue on large grills throughout the park, then take a sunset stroll down wide, paved pathways and pause to listen to the pleasant chirp of Chimango, Southern Lapwing, and other native birds in the trees.
You’ll also find seasonal festivals in this park, including the Santiago Jazz Festival and the Fiestas Patrias, which even features a famous rodeo, so make sure to check the park’s schedule at the entrance of Francisco Bilbao and Padre Hurtado Avenues.
Culturally diverse and full of outdoor options for everyone, La Reina awaits. Book one of our vacation rentals and begin planning your adventures in La Reina today!
Photo Credit: Dan Lundberg via Flickr