El Quisco



The main attraction in the coastal community of El Quisco is to visit the Museo Casa Isla Negra, the beach house of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (not to be confused with his main house in Santiago or his other summer house in Valparaiso proper). Located approximately 90 minutes from Santiago, this spot offers a chance to relax by the rocky seashore (which isn't really suitable for swimming), to walk on the beach, observe seabirds and other wildlife, and to visit the hideaway of Chile's foremost literary figure. (Isla Negra is not an island, by the way.)

With its eclectic decor, the house offers a glimpse of the poet's life and helps visitors understand the frequent allusions to the sea in his poetry. Most hotels have day packages to the site. Other visitors interested in touring the house must book in advance in summer, but at other times it may be possible to drop in. There is a restaurant and shop on the premises. http://www.fundacionneruda.org.

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