This pedestrian bridge spans the Mapocho river, allowing people to cross between Santiago’s Providencia and Bella Vista neighborhoods. Young Chilenos and Chilenas frequent the bridge to enjoy the view and each others’ lips. Not one time have I’ve crossed without seeing at least one lip-locked couple pressed close at mid-span.
From the bridge you can see the Andes off the east, nearby Cerro San Cristobal,, Parque Forestal — the linear park along the river — and various buildings. While the view from the zenith of its arc is pleasing, the river below is quite nasty. Not surprising, since the water contains household sewage and industrial effluents.
Perhaps the best time to visit this bridge is at twilight, when the span is lit, the sky an electric blue, the Andes bathed in alpen glow, and the multitude of city lights reshape the landscape. At some point, I will revisit this bridge during early evening, to try to capture on video what I’ve described.