La Chascona

by Emeri Callahan

Feb 24, 2019

La Chascona © Jesus Dehesa | Flickr

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For a dose of history as well as culture, head to Pablo Neruda’s home, La Chascona. The legendary Chilean poet built the home in 1953 to live with his mistress and secret love, Matilde. The house name was inspired by her wild red hair and loosely translates to “messy hair.”


Neruda is an icon in the country. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, served many diplomatic positions in various countries, including Senator for the Chilean Communist Party, and is still one of the most famous and respected poets from Chile. After the coup led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Neruda is suspected to have been murdered by poison on orders from the new dictator.


His house is just as fascinating as his history. Most everything was preserved by his beloved Matilde after his death, and you can wander through the rooms where he hosted famous guests, wrote his award-winning poetry and lived his daily life.


No reservations are needed in advance, simply show up the day and time that works best for you. Audio guides are available in many languages, including English. The entry fee is about $10.


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