San Antonio/Santiago de Chile
ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF PABLO NERUDA: THE HOUSE-MUSEUM OF THE GREAT CHILEAN POET
We discover the poetic charm and eclecticism of Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet winner of the Nobel Prize, in his ocean-front home now converted into a museum where his remains rest in a peaceful garden caressed by the sea breeze.
What we will see
- Village of Isla Negra
- Pablo Neruda house-museum
- The poet’s eclectic collection of objects
- Grave of Neruda and his wife in the garden
- Panoramic tour along the coast
What we will do
- We leave the port in the comfort of our coach and head north to the village of Isla Negra, a charming group of houses overlooking the ocean surrounded by maritime pines and crossed by simple dirt roads where we can hear the constant sound of the waves crashing onto the cliffs.
- We stop at Pablo Neruda's house-museum, literally a stone's throw from the sea. Here, the great Pablo Neruda spent the last years of his life creating an eccentric home now turned into a tribute to his genius.
- We enter the small home which still maintains the cosy atmosphere of the past and admire the extravagant collection of objects the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature surrounded himself with: old prints, maps, figureheads, a 18th-century globe, boxes with weird insects and masks of different shapes and origin. Each object collected by the poet is surrounded by legend and reflects Neruda’s life and poetry.
- As we venture into the garden, we pay homage to the grave of Pablo Neruda next to which his wife Matilde Urrutia also rests. The grave is covered in plants and flowers and is surmounted by a simple black gravestone overlooking the same sea that enchanted the poet and inspired his works.
- After the visit, we head back to the port on a panoramic route along the coast offering lovely views of the sea and which maintains the poetic images evoked in Isla Negra alive.