The Metropolitan Park is an urban park located in the northern area of Santiago de Chile. This green space in the middle of the Chilean metropolis consists of the San Cristóbal, Chacarillas and Los Gemelos hills, which are the mountains that make up what is called Chile’s “green lung”. With its 1,785 hectares, the Metropolitan Park of Santiago is the most extensive park in Latin America and the fourth largest around the world. This location also has several tourist attractions and points of great historical interest that make the park one of the most frequently visited places in the city. In the area you will find two outdoor swimming pools, open to visitors from November to March, as well as the National Zoo of Chile and several gardens, the most remarkable of which are the Japanese Garden and the Botanical Garden. Getting lost among the dozens of species that can be found within the Japanese Garden in the Metropolitan Park is the perfect way to connect with nature and learn about oriental culture without having to leave Santiago. It was built by the architect Tadashi Asahi in 1978 and occupies about 3,600 m2. Among the variety of plants that grow in this garden, you will find azaleas, lotus flowers and cherry trees. The National Zoo of Chile is another one of the city’s greatest attractions and is located at the foothills of the park. About 1,000 animals live in the Santiago zoo. If you come to see them, we recommend visiting the big cats, which include a Bengal tiger, a white tiger and a jaguar. To get around the area, the most convenient way is to travel on foot. However, the park has a funicular service and a cable car that go up the Cerro San Cristóbal hill. If you have your own vehicle and you want to park it close to the urban park, we recommend using one of the Saba car parks located on site. These public car parks are open 24 hours a day and can be found near the city’s main tourist attractions.