Leave Santiago for the serene central Chilean coast on this 8-hour guided tour. In a small group of no more than eight, visit Isla Negra, home to what is possibly the most interesting of the poet Pablo Neruda's three Chilean homes, filled with art and artifacts collected on his numerous world travels. Continue north up the coast to visit San Alfonso del Mar and the traditional town of Pomaire, known its clay craftworks.
Your day begins with an 8am pickup from your hotel in the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura, or Santiago Centro, or at a meeting point in those districts. Greet your guide, board the air-conditioned van, and head out for the central Chilean coast. Taking the highway named Carretera del Sol, or 'highway of the sun,' it takes around 1.5-hours from Santiago to Isla Negra. As you travel, admire typical agricultural landscapes.Upon arrival in Isla Negra, visit the former home of the poet Pablo Neruda. One of three houses in Chile, his Isla Negra home is filled with personal possessions, many of them maritime themed, such a ship figureheads and ships in bottle. Stay around 1.5 hours at the museum then take a look around some nearby little towns that are popular vacation spots, such as El Tabo and El Quisco. Canelo y Algarrobo is the second visit of the day and is next to San Alfonso del Mar, which is home to the second-biggest swimming pool in the world. Later return to Pomaire for a lunch of typical Chilean dishes (own expense). After lunch it's time for a walking tour around Pomaire. Check out the many different stores to see the variety of designs made by local artists. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back in Santiago at around 6pm.