The Coast of Poets is a cultural space in the Valparaíso Region of Chile, named for four world-renowned Chilean poets: Pablo Neruda, Vicente Huidobro, Nicanor Parra and Violeta Parra.
The poets were the first to take up residence in this area, followed by various artists, thus creating a close link between the land and its creativity, projecting a symbolic imaginary that put Chile on the international cultural map. Places such as El Quisco, Isla Negra, Las Cruces, El Tabo and Cartagena have become a hub for cultural activity.
El Quisco itself has been a meeting place for people such as Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who composed his famous poem Oda al Caldillo de Congrío (English: “Ode to Conger Chowder”) in the local restaurant Chez Camilo;folk singer Violeta Parra; writer, poet and composer Clara Solovera; cartoonist René Ríos Boettiger, otherwise known as Pepo, the creator of famous character Condorito; artist José Perotti; and painter Camilo Mori, who designed the official emblem for the municipality of El Quisco.
In Isla Negra, two greats of the Chilean arts, Pablo Neruda and Violeta Parra, spent long periods of time. Chilean artist Violeta Parra gave classes in crafts and folklore in Isla Negra. She worked in ceramics, oil painting and hessian cloth.
Isla Negra was given this name by Pablo Neruda, upon him sighting the black rock in the sea near his house (Isla Negra means “Black Island” in English). When asked what the place would be called, he said “Isla Negra, for those rocks.”
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|The coast of Poets, ISLA NEGRA||USD 140||November:16, 25
December: 9, 16
January 2018: 12, 19
February: 10, 18
March: 10, 24
April: 5, 12
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Pablo Neruda, Pablo Neruda, aka Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904-September 23, 1973), was a Chilean poet considered amongst the most featured and influential artists of his century; “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language”, according to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Our trip will follow the footprints of this universal poet, through his works and the museum we will see a part of the country’s history, its nature and culture. Neruda had 3 houses, all of which have become museums: La Chascona in Santiago; La Sebastiana in Valparaíso and the larger, in Isla Negra. The poet and his dear Matilde are buried in the latter.
Our journey will take us through the Casablanca valley and along the stunning coastline full of poetry and charm, where several Chilean poets lived and carved their legacies.
We’ll enjoy beautiful views over Algarrobo and El Quisco, a small bay which was the hiding place of English seafarer Sir Francis Drake when the Spanish pursued him as a pirate. The ashes of the Chilean poet, musician, and composer Clara Solovera were scattered in the bay after her death in 1992.
Isla Negra is home to the most famous of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s houses. The poet designed this dream-like place across the water and boasts some beautiful architecture and collections of unique objets d’art, as well as other collections from around the world. Neruda bought the site of Isla Negra from a Spanish former sailor who settled in the area following the sinking of his ship in Punta Arenas. With the help of architect Germán Rodríguez Arias, he remodeled it to resemble a ship, with low ceilings and narrow passageways. The house would become a beloved refuge for the poet.
We’ll also visit El Totoral, a typical Chilean village where the Chilean and Spanish cultures merge.
Lunch at Isla Negra: starter, main course, dessert, and tips. Drinks not included.
Transfer to the hotel.