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“Worth it just for the views ”

Zoologico Nacional de Chile
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Costing 2000 pesos for students and 4000 for adults it is a very cheap way to kill a few hours. The zoo is built into the hill side with about 25/30 animal enclosures. I would say that generally the conditions are nice for many of the animals which is great for those who consider the welfare of the animal before visiting similar attractions - I would argue the enclosure for the sea lion and a few of the big cats and large animals like the hippo and lions are a bit small and maybe glum. However it is a beautifully green zoo with a crazy number of animals like meerkats, llamas, elephants, bears and giraffes. The bird enclosure where you are able to walk amongst the various species of birds is also quite impressive. There is a play area for children and a couple of cafes in and around the site - the toilets were clean and staff were helpful. It is a bit steep at parts that prams and wheelchairs may struggle with.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Santiago Zoo is located very close to Baquedano metro station, not sure why but google maps shows almost no roads to get there, but just take metro line 1 and get down in Baquedano station, then walk for about 5 blocks, once you get there you can either take the cable car or the stairs if you go for the stairs you´ll have to walk uphill since the zoo is over a mountain, if you use the cable car you get down on top of the zoo and work your way down. The zoo is not big but has a lot of animals, their big cats exhibition is very nice, and small animals like monkeys or meerkats are very entertaining, they also have penguins and giraffes.
The entry cost is about 7 USD, it is a good place to walk around watch the animals with interesting quotes about their habitats and see Santiago from the various sights available from the mountain.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Citito
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This a very good zoo, we saw elephant, giraffe, lion, tiger, monkeys, penguin... There were a lot of animals, a good visit, mainly if you are taking kids. Pay attention to the stores that sells water and restrooms because there are a few of it. It's better to take something for the kids to eat, than eat there.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank AndreaRaul
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We wanted a chill activity on our last day in Santiago and decided to visit a zoo, since it was a walking distance from our hotel. We arrived close to 4 pm and stayed just a few minutes passed 6pm, was a perfect time, not overcrowded, not too hot outside. You can pay only in cash and local debit cards. Once entered, you cannot re-enter, be mindful of that. We enjoyed watching all the animals, specifically birds! What a fun little trip, and a view of course from the hill is amazing!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Ivanna K
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is a nice zoo, well maintained with a good variety of species. It draws attention to how close you can get to many of the animals.

The ticket to get in and most of the food carts only accept payment in cash (or local debit card). There's one snack bar in one of the entrances that accepts credit card though.

Be prepared to have at least the amount in cash for the tickets.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank folivetti
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