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Isla Negra
Isla Negra

Isla Negra

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120 Reviews
Poeta Neruda s/n, Santiago, Chile

The Basics

Isla Negra—named for the rocky outcrop just offshore from the home—is a popular day trip from Santiago. Many tours also include a stop in the village of Pomaire, known for its pottery-making tradition. Travelers with a special interest in Neruda can visit all three of his homes on a single day trip, journeying along the Route of Neruda.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Valparaíso

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Great day out
michellecoote, Jan 2020
Pomaire - Isla Negra
This was a brilliant tour that took in the Pablo Neruda museum and beautiful town of Isla Negra, and then Pomaire and its markets - a complete contrast and equally beautiful. As a bonus our driver also gave us a tour of Downtown Buenos Aires at the end. Our guide Daniela was fantastic, recommended a great place for lunch in Pomaire, and was flexible with itinerary. I highly recommend the trip.
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The tour guide
Christinehardy2001, Feb 2020
Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire
The tour was excellent. A real insight into Chile. Well worth doing this tour. Great scenery and friendly people.
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Isla Negra Visit
donholmes, Jan 2020
Santiago: Shared full day tour Pomaire & Isla Negra, include entrace Nerudahouse
The house was amazing and Romina, our guide, was one of the best we have had anywhere in the world. She was the perfect combination of knowledgeable and personable and added to the tour with a visit to the location of Neruda's Dream. The stop in Pomaire for lunch was also memorable for the variety and quality of the food that was presented. All-in-all, a wonderful experience.
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Great day!
BrittaneyWalker28, Nov 2019
Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire
We ended up being the only two that booked for our day, so ended up having a private tour! Yanina and Mauricio were very professional, friendly, and spoke English really well. We were never rushed and they gave us plenty of opportunities to explore and make the tour our own! We were very happy with our experience and would recommend this in a heartbeat! Was a lovely day and money well spent. -Britt and David
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Great leisurely and interesting tour
Mark_D, Mar 2020
Private Tour Isla Negra, Pomaire and Coastal Resorts Tour from Santiago
First, Patrick was on time. and was a good driver. He has good English skills and kept us amused during the trip with commentary on items and sights. We had booked a private tour four. The van was clean and comfortable. Our first visit was to Pablo Neruda house on Isla Negra. It was about an hours drive from Santiago. A truly interesting potpourri of nautical themed collections from figureheads to ships-in-a-bottle. Well worth a visit. Then a leisurely drive along the rocky coast, stopping for photos along the way and visiting the worlds largest swimming pool a little over a kilometer in length. Then inland to Pomaire where we had a wonderful lunch and did some shopping amongst the pottery stores. Then about a half hour return to Santiago. A really nice and leisurely tour ... stopping where we wanted and in no hurry to get anywhere
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Lovely Day Trip from Santiago
mlev2019, Dec 2019
Private Tour Isla Negra, Pomaire and Coastal Resorts Tour from Santiago
We had a very enjoyable day visiting the Chilean coast. The first stop was for a bit of wine tasting on the way to Isla Negra. Next was Pablo Neruda's house. It was enchanting. Built as a eclectic series of rooms, it contains artifacts of Neruda's multifaceted life, and is filled with his humorous and eccentric collections of objects, along with fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean. Our guides, Jannina and Mauricio, took great care of us. As we drove up the coast to Quisco, they offered us various options, like visiting a nature reserve or walking on the beach. .We had lunch in a very nice restaurant overlooking a giant lagoon just behind the beach. The final stop was Pomaire, where the main street has many shops with local crafts, including lots of pottery.
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Excellent tour
Ilmar_T, Apr 2020
Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire
We did this tour as one of the last before leaving Santiago in early March 2020. Excellent tour, with Isla Negra being a real highlight. The house is beautifully presented, just as it originally was and is full of nautical items. The guide was good and gave a little bit of the history of the place before we spent a good hour and a half looking at the exhibits. There is an excellent audio guide that takes about 45 minutes and takes you room to room and explains about the exhibits. The lunch at Pomaire was good as it was typical Chilean food, together with some entertainment. Definitely worth doing if you ar ein Santiago for more than a day or so.
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Not as expected but turned out well
620BrianB15, Nov 2019
Small Group Full-Day Tour to Isla Negra, San Alfonso del Mar, and Pomaire
Our group of 13 persons enjoyed a nice day traveling from Santiago to the the Pacific Ocean. After our second stop however a thief broke one of the van windows while it was parked and stole several bags. The driver (Diego) was heart-broken but acted in a professional manner. He walked us through the police interview, drove us back to Santiago to the American embassy, where two new passports were obtained, then joined us for dinner. He was very helpful in all aspects of the experience. Though we never got to visit Pablo Neruda's home as planned, we did have a memorable experience and made our return flight home to the US that night!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Audio guides are available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Located in El Quisco, Isla Negra is about 68 miles (110 kilometers) west of Santiago along Ruta 68. Take a bus from Santiago to El Tabo, about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the museum. The easiest way to get there, however, is to join a guided day trip that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The museum is typically open Tuesday through Sunday year-round, with longer hours in January and February (high season). If you’re visiting on a summer weekend, get there early to beat the crowds.

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The Homes of Pablo Neruda

Besides Isla Negra, Neruda had two other homes in Chile. In Santiago, the poet would meet up with his mistress at La Chascona (“Messy Hair”). Check out the dining room modeled after a ship cabin, and the living room resembling a lighthouse. In Valparaíso, Neruda watched the New Year’s fireworks from La Sebastiana, his house on a hill.

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