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 into our Santiago trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very interesting Museum which tells the life of Neruda. The guide is a "telephone", with audio and explains everything. A beautiful architecture and every corner of the House. Only thing that discourages is p value of the input that is too salty.
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  • I visited the house today, it was wonderfully set up, with an audio tour to tell you all about each room and his life. It was very beautiful and interesting. An absolute must visit!  more »
  • If you are James don't forget to visit this place. It's really not to be missed. They are guiding you along the House that Pablo Neruda had in Santiago, full of beautiful and exotic things. Every corner, every room, every playground has a raison d ' être. The place has an audio-guide system, for several years, in several languages. It is an emblematic space since the Chilean military dictatorship tried to destroy it, but despite this, the remains of Neruda were veiled there, in the House ruined semi. Be sure to visit it.
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  • Very good option to expend an afternoon if you have some extra time in Santiago. The neighborhood is full of bars and restaurants. The audio guide is quite complet and you can learn a lot about Pablo and the house itself. The entrance fee is quite high for south America standards and some rooms cannot be visited.
  • This is one of Pablo Neruda's houses that now is a museum open to the community. In this place you can see how this famous poet lived, and enjoy all those beautiful corners where he shared many times with his woman and friends. This property is managed by a private foundation that is in charge of all his inheritance. A 40 minutes audio guided tour inside the house-museum is available for the visitors for $CLP 7,000 (USD 11). To visit this place is highly recommended.
  • 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!

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