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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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  • Pablo naruda's la chascona house is very pretty. the appearance on the outside is not what you would expect on the inside. when you walk in it kind of is like a fortress with 3 diffrent building's a s...  more »
  • Soon on arrival you buy your ticket and receives an audio guide that makes your visit more meaningful by the beauty of the details of the life of Pablo Neruda.
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  • Linda House of Neruda in the city. The ride is entertaining and the House has a very nice souvenir shop. It is worthwhile because it is a lightweight at cultural landscape.
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  • 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!
  • 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.

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Santiago features numerous distinct neighborhoods filled with affordable sleeping options. For easiest access to the city's top museums and eateries, consider the hotels located in the pleasant downtown area, where you can also find many furnished apartments ideal for longer stays. For close proximity to the city's best nightlife options, consider Bellavista or Barrios Lastarria, or head to charming Providencia if you prefer something a bit more sophisticated and less raucous.
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