Santiago

La Chascona

The quirky and colourful La Chascona, Pablo Neruda’s home, is one of Santiago’s popular cultural attractions.

Homage to Pablo Neruda

Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda is a symbol of pride for Chile. All of his three homes have been turned into museums which are visited by people from all over the world who come to pay homage to a great poet and be inspired.

La Chascona was built by Pablo Neruda for his then secret lover, Matilde, whose red hair inspired the name that loosely translates to “tangled hair.” The house is built atop a steep slope and at certain angles it does resemble a ship.

Home Turned Museum

The attractions at La Chascona include an art gallery as well as a collection of furniture and African wood carvings.

Of course, this was the poet’s home after all, and one gets to see his personal living spaces some of which include artefacts used by the great master himself.

Audio guides are available for visitors in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French.