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Pablo Neruda's Valparaíso

Pablo Neruda's Valparaíso

Poet, diplomat, and politician, Pablo Neruda left a mark on his native Chile that transcends even his Nobel Prize-winning books of poetry. Visitors will quickly discover just how revered its national poet is to this day and can gain deeper insight by following in his footsteps to his three homes. Here’s what you need to know.

La Sebastiana

In Valparaiso, you can explore Neruda’s home, known as La Sebastiana. Set at the top of a steep hill in the Bellavista neighborhood, the house is filled with the many quirky tchotchkes Neruda acquired in his lifetime and offers sweeping views of the colorful streets and busy port below. Guided tours of Valparaiso (private and group) typically include tickets to La Sebastiana and audio tours in English provide even more political and historical context.

Isla Negra

One hour south of Valparaiso, visitors can also check out the Isla Negra Museum House, said to be the favorite of the Chilean poet’s former homes, where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia are both buried. Appropriate to its coastal Pacific setting and Neruda’s passion for all things maritime, the house is filled with ship figureheads, maps, shells, and ships in bottles. Guided tours from Valparaiso often combine the museum with visits to small nearby towns such as Pomaire.

La Chascona

Neruda’s third house, which he named for Urrutia’s wild, curly hair, is located in Santiago’s Barrio Bellavista. In keeping with the maritime theme of all his houses, La Chascona’s dining room resembles a ship’s cabin and the living room a lighthouse. The house, which also serves as headquarters of the Pablo Neruda Foundation, contains a painting of Urrutia by the famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera. It is possible to visit all three houses in a single day on a tour that includes admission, audio guides, and all transport.

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Private City Tour of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

Private City Tour of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

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Enjoy a private tour of the historic port city of Valparaíso and the nearby 'Garden City' of Viña del Mar. In Valparaíso, explore the colorful, quirky former residence of poet Pablo Neruda, ride funiculars up the city's steep hills and visit La Sebastiana, the lauded poet's one-time home. Then set out for Viña del Mar, known for its lengthy beach, numerous parks and dynamic party scene. Spend free time perusing Easter Island artifacts at the Museo Fonk or discover Viña del Mar's historic palaces hidden among stands of modern architecture.
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Private Tour: Viña del Mar and Valparaiso City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Viña del Mar and Valparaiso City Sightseeing

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Discover two gorgeous cities along Chile’s central coastline: Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this private 4-hour tour. Experience in the company of just your friends and family the landmarks of Viña del Mar, including the Flower Clock, Reñaca and San Martin Avenue. Then, explore Valparaiso’s hilly maze of cobblestone streets and historic funiculars like Paseo 21 de Mayo and Concepción Hill. Along the way, hear engaging commentary from your personal guide-and-chauffeur. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
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$148.00
Price varies by group size
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