La Reina is growing. If you want to take a break from the busy city life of downtown Santiago and explore this quiet neighborhood, you might be in for a surprise. You can tell you’ve entered La Reina when you’re surrounded by trees and more houses than office buildings. La Reina consistently ranks in the top five communes with the best quality of life in Santiago and you can immediately tell why. Everything seems so peaceful to the point where you can hear yourself think again. There are a number of things to do in La Reina that are definitely worth to visit. Here is a list of things to get you started
The Comuna can be found in the Northeastern part of Santiago Between Linea 4 Metro stations Francisco Bilbao and Los Orientales and then towards the Andes Mountain range. If you want to get to the heart of La Reina, the buses 412 or D18 will take you there.
What can you do in La Reina?
Aguas de San Ramon National Park:
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This trail runs along the lower sector of the park administration with a maximum altitude 862 m.s.n.m. This trail Ideal for children and families. The area is located along the estuary. You can find picnic areas that are equipped for family use. You’re not allowed to swim under the waterfall but it’s a perfect way to share and connect with nature.
The cost is 3.000 CLP per adult, kids and seniors pay 2.000. If you want to bring your own bike, you just have to pay 2.000.
Parque Padre Hurtado
This park is also known as the “Parque Intercommunal” because it’s right on the border between Las Condes and La Reina. This park is the second largest green park in Santiago after Cerro San CristobaParque Metropolitano”. You’ll find 98 hectares to have a BBQ with friends, play a friendly match of futbol, ride ponies, ride a boat on the lake, or enjoy a variety of events in their large Amphitheater.
Cost to enter the park as a pedestrian is $500 CLP or come in your car for 5.000 CLP (max 5 people). This park is also pet friendly.
Another great park in La Reina is Mauhida Park. There are over 10 basic treks that can take just a couple of hours to explore. If your up for a more dificil adventure, you can reach Ramon Mountain in 3 days. Come with your family for a picnic or horseback riding for the day. Cost to enter the park via car is 3.500 CLP (max. 6 people) and if your a pedestrian just $500 CLP.
Eat and Drink:
La Fuente Reina
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If you ask anyone who lives in La Reina to name a few places they love to go out and eat, La Fuente Reina is one of them. Known for making some amazing sandwiches, this places takes the time to make sure that everything your eating is of high quality and plenty to go around. If your into American style burgers, this place is giving Shake Shack and In “N Out a run for their money. Bring the kids and the family, there is plenty of room for them to run around.
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This new restaurant is what all pizza and italian food lovers crave for. Made with the freshest ingredients and recipes straight from Italy, Mattarello is doing something right. They have amazing lunch menus and weekend specials like 2×1 on all their pizzas every sunday. Make sure you save room for their ice cream, handcrafting right in the restaurant.
Bookmark La Reina’s cultural center website and check out their up-to-date schedule of activities and events happening all over the comuna. For example, On the first thursday of the months between May and November, you can watch a movie for free. You can check out what movie their playing and other things to do over on their website.
Every weekend in the Plaza Ossandon, you can bring the kids for fresh air and each an empanada from the local food truck.
This is a great bar in the heart of La Reina with excellent prices. Grab a few friends, order some beers and a Chorrillana to share and you won’t be disappointed. Get there early because this place fills up quickly.
So when are you going? Do you have a hidden spot that you love in La Reina and want to share it with us? Let us know in the comments below or write us an email to TodayinChile@gmail.com. We want to keep this growing and only you can help us!