La Chascona

sights / Architecture

La Chascona information

Location
Santiago , Chile
Address
Fernando Márquez de La Plata 0192
Telephone
+56 2 777 8741
Getting there
Metro: Baquedano
More information
www.fundacionneruda.org
Prices
admission by tour only, in Spanish/English CH$2500/3500, students CH$1500
Opening hours
10am-7pm Tue-Sun Jan & Feb, to 6pm Tue-Sun Mar-Dec
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When poet Pablo Neruda needed a secret hideaway to spend time with his mistress Matilde Urrutia, he built La Chascona (loosely translated as 'messy hair'), the name inspired by her unruly curls. Neruda, of course, was a great lover of the sea, so the dining room is modeled on a ship's cabin and the living room on a lighthouse. Guided tours take you through the history of the building and the collection of colored glass, shells, furniture and artworks by famous friends that fills it – sadly much more was lost when the house was ransacked during the dictatorship. The Fundación Neruda, which maintains Neruda's houses, has its headquarters here and runs a lovely cafe and gift shop. Book at least one day ahead using the online form or by calling directly.