Pablo Neruda, född 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 first stage will follow the footprints of this universal poet, through his works and houses 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.
Includes: professional driver, licensed vehicle, bilingual guide, tickets for the Neruda museums, lunch, transfer to Valparaíso or Vina Del Mar, dinner (except the last evening)and transfer from/to the hotel
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Shared double room.
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Santiago, the capital of Chile, and transfer to Viña del Mar
Length of trip: 10 to 11 hours
From: Santiago airport
Includes: professional driver, licensed vehicle, bilingual guide, tickets for the Neruda museum at La Chascona, and lunch at Mercado Central comprising an appetizer, starter, main course (seafood), dessert, coffee or tea, juice, drinks or wine, and tips.
+ transfer to Valparaíso or Vina Del Mar
+ dinner and transfer from/to the hotel
Tour description: Reception at Santiago airport.
Tour of the Chilean capital, Santiago. We visit the civic and historical center of the city, including the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Armas.
Visit to Mercado Central indoor market. At the indoor market you can experience traditional Chilean cuisine and the party-like atmosphere that gives this place its unique charm and makes it one of the best market halls in the world.
Visits: : La Chascona Museum – the home of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
The house was built in 1953 for Matilde Urrutia, Neruda’s secret love.
In her honor the house was renamed “La Chascona”, the nickname he gave her in reference to her abundant red hair. The house is home to a portrait painted by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera – a Matilde with two heads. If you look closely at her hair, you can see a diffuse profile of Neruda, her secret lover. This is just one of the many items on show in the house.
In the afternoon we’ll depart for Viña del Mar or Valparaíso through the Curacavi and Casablanca valleys. Arrival at the hotel and check in.
In the evening we’ll visit a beautiful restaurant in Viña del Mar for dinner.
Transfer to and from the hotel.
Tour description: Departure from the hotel for a trip along the Pacific coast. Be impressed by Concón and the variety of marine fauna.
We visit the wetlands of La Isla and La Roca Oceanica – ecosystems with an interesting variety of birds and marine animals.
Enjoy the “Garden City” of Viña del Mar, a famous Chilean seaside resort with its fascinating nature, food, and lifestyle. We take a walk along the Costanera (the seaside promenade) and visit the main tourist attractions: Quinta Vergara and the Floral Clock, among others.
We continue to Valparaíso, where you’ll fall in love with the city – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The topography of Valparaíso makes it a natural amphitheater facing the sea. The city almost entirely clings to the hillside.
We’ll take one of the city’s traditional lifts to the square 21 de Mayo and its magnificent viewing point.
We’ll visit the Atkinson and Gervasoni paths and immerse ourselves in their stories of immigrants who came to Valparaíso when this great port was regarded as the pearl of the Pacific (before the opening of the Panama Canal).
We visit the Plaza Sotomayor memorial with its statues of heroes of past wars in northern Chile, Iquique, and the Pacific.
Visits : La Sebastiana Museum – one of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s three homes. The house was a place of inspiration for the Chilean poet.
It is an aerodynamic building with wonderful views out across the bay. The stairways and corners give the house an intimate feel.
The building is home to collections of old maps and marine and other paintings, including a portrait of Lord Cochrane and an oil painting depicting José Miguel Carrera just before he was shot. Both of these military figures played leading roles in Chile’s independence from Spain in the 19th century.
Transfer to the hotel. Evening meal and transfer to/from the hotel.
Tour description: 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.
Visits: 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.
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. Free evening.