La Chascona Tours

La Chascona
Beloved Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto – otherwise known as Pablo Neruda (1904–1973) – helped design this quirky, nautical-themed home for himself and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia, for whom La Chascona (“tangle-haired woman”) is named.

Bursting with Neruda´s odd collections and romantic personality, the house serves as unique insight into one of the most important figures in the country´s recent history. Music boxes, exotic artifacts, original chinaware, toys, antiques, and an overwhelming library with thousands of books are only part of the appeal; also on display are a replica of his Nobel Prize (presented in 1971 for literature) and a portrait of Urrutia by the famous artist Diego Rivera, which holds a secret of its own.

Though later vandalized by dictator Pinochet´s men, La Chascona has been restored and is now open to the public via tours (English included). La Sebastiana in Valparaiso and Casa de Isla Negra in Isla Negra, Neruda´s other two homes, are also preserved and maintained as museums revealing his life and obsessions. Although Pinochet outlawed the observance of Neruda´s funeral, thousands of loyal Chileans filled the streets in his honor nonetheless. After a walk through La Chascona´s bizarrely enchanting chambers, visitors will easily understand how the passionate writer and dedicated communist could continue to inspire people for generations.


Photo courtesy of Pekka Parhi via Wikimedia Commons.
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La Chascona Museum House Admission Ticket

Poet and Nobel laureate, Pablo Neruda has a special place in Chilean national heritage. Get a deeper understanding of his life and legacy than would be possible from just reading by visiting his Santiago home, named “La Chascona” for his curly haired mistress Matilde Urrutia. As you stroll through the house, admiring Neruda’s fascinating belongings, your multilingual audio guide fills in the details.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Isla Negra Museum House Admission Ticket

Of his three houses around Chile that are open to the public, Pablo Neruda’s Isla Negra home is perhaps the most fascinating. Perched on a rocky shore, the house is filled with the presence of the sea and a collection of the national poet’s personal belongings, including ship figureheads. As you explore, the audio guide fills you in on the background of the house and poet.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Panoramic Santiago Bike Tour

See a different side to Santiago as you glide around the city’s parks and green spaces on a 3-hour bike tour. Hop on your mountain bike and follow your guide around the beautiful Bicentennial Park, take in the views from San Cristobal Hill and pedal around the Bellavista district. Keep your camera to hand as you stop at landmarks like Plaza Italia, Parque de las Esculturas and La Casa Chascona along the way.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full-Day Neruda's Route Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda on this full-day small-group tour, including hotel pick-up. Journey from the city to the coast as you follow the ‘Route of Neruda’ to three of Neruda's former homes, now preserved as museums. Explore the exhibitions at the Casa de Isla Negra; admire the views from the hilltop La Sebastiana in Viña del Mar; and uncover the poet’s life with his secret lover at La Chascona in Santiago’s Bellavista neighborhood.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago

Get a street-level view of Santiago’s historic sites, neighborhoods, and parks on a small-group bicycle tour for one to seven people. This full-day Santiago tour follows bike paths, park lanes, and city streets, all equipment, and a visit to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Santiago Bike Tour with Sky Costanera Panoramic Visit

Be seduced by the city of Santiago on a half-day bike tour including a visit to Sky Costanera, South America’s tallest building. With your guide, you’ll explore Santiago’s principle parks and landmarks by bike and gain a holistic picture of the Chilean capital. Ride through the bohemian Bellavista district, Providencia and Vitacura neighborhoods. Then, conclude your tour by ascending to the summit of the colossal Sky Costanera Center to absorb panoramic city vistas.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Local Life and Markets by Bike

Getting off the beaten path to explore Santiago’s hidden gems is best done by bike, where you can see, smell and touch the wealth of the markets and interact with the locals.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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La Sebastiana Museum House Admission Ticket

A visit to La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s Valparaíso home, offers not only the opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of Chile’s Nobel laureate, but also to admire sweeping city views from its prime hilltop location. As you explore the house, with its many wings and collection of personal possessions, your audio guide fills in the background information.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Santiago Full Day Bike Tour

Our Green Team has fine-tuned this tour since we started in 2008, always striving to make it better tomorrow than it was today. That is the commitment we make to you. This is one of our newest tours and we truly believe in it’s purpose and future success. This is a different way to see Santiago than looking from outside on a bus. We get deep into the nitty gritty and won’t miss a spot.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full day - Best of Santiago

This is the most complete full day experience in Santiago. It includes the 4 main reasons why tourists come to Chile: Wine, Culture, Nature & Gastronomy. Also we aim to create an experience that is inmersive, by going out with small groups of no more than 15 people, this way we make sure everyone gets the best of what this city has to offer.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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