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La Chascona, Santiago

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A former home away from home for the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, La Chascona now serves as a museum dedicated to the artist's life and career. Even today, you can see Neruda's left-field tastes in the design of the house. The living room, made to feel like a lighthouse, and the dining room, designed like a ship's cabin, pays homage to the great poet's love of the sea. Look for the two-faced portrait of Matilde Urrutia, Neruda's fiery redheaded lover. Inspect it closely to see the hidden image of Neruda's face whispering into his forbidden lover's ear. Reserve your tickets at least a day in advance to avoid disappointment. Put La Chascona on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Santiago travel itinerary planner.
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  • Neruda's La Chascona home is my favourite destination/sight in Santiago. The tour is led by an audio guide as you walk throughout his home and listen to Neruda's life story. He built this home and it ...  more »
  • A knew nothing about Pablo Neruda before arriving to Chile and it was only in the end the enthusiasm of a friend that got me to La Chascona. From there though, it was a great afternoon visiting the mu...  more »
  • There is an entry fee of @$7000 pesos to go inside this place. Entry fee covers the audio explaining every object in the house as well as the history behind every room. Truly exceptional place full of...  more »
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  • La Chascona might appear at the bottom of your list for tourist attractions if you don't know who Pablo Neruda is. I actually had never read beyond glancing at one of Neruda's poems (maybe someone had posted one on FB) before going to La Chascona. Nevertheless, I found the audio tour a great way to learn more about Chile through the life of one man. I had been at the Museum of Memory and Missing People earlier that day, and the two sites helped me understand the narrative Chilean people are trying to tell about socialism, Pinochet, and their current government.
  • We saw this poets house in Valparaiso so naturally we wanted to see his home/museum here in Santiago. Like my title states, this is a peaceful compound with lots of foliage. The house is broken up in to different sections on the property. The home is a time capsule back to the 1950's to 1970's. Like his home in Valparaiso, it feels very intimate. Simply don't walk in and look around. Be sure to take advantage of the audio guide.
  • Museum, as it should be - admission is rather pricey by Chilean standards - but it's fully worth every peso - perfectly maintained, with properly narrated audio-guide & friendly English-speaking staff. House is tastefully decorated by it's owner and it contains a lot of hidden gems. Was also surprised by souvenir shop - all of them are tastefully designed and together with museum itself, create complete identity. Bravo!
  • There was a long line to get in, we waited about an hour. But it was very interesting to learn more about Pablo Neruda's life. Once you are inside of the house, you are not rushed, you are free to take your time and view everything.
  • Few years ago the entry was 2 dolars, now it costs 10 dolara... Inflation much? For 2 dolars it was a worthy tour. if you like to spend money in things that arent worth it then you can try it.