La Chascona

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La Chascona information

Location
Santiago , Chile
Address
Fernando Márquez de La Plata 0192
Telephone
+56 2 2 777 8741
Getting there
Metro: Baquedano
More information
www.fundacionneruda.org
Prices
CH$5000, 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.

Audio tours (available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish) take you through the history of the building and the collection of colored glass, shells, furniture and artwork by famous friends – 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.