What It’s Like Visiting Neruda’s 3 Houses In Chile

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You can count on seeing an oversized men’s shoe, a life-sized photo of Walt Whitman, and windows shaped like those on a boat when you visit famed poet Pablo Neruda’s three houses, all within the Chilean capital of Santiago or a short trip from there, as detailed recently by the LA Times. Having known little about the man (embarrassingly enough), I was quickly turned into a Neruda convert myself shortly after visiting his house in Santiago, La Chascona.

There’s something addicting about his work that has made fans of millions around the world, and even inspired one of the best Italian films of the last half-century, Il Postino. And just like how certain pets look like their owners, the same can be said about Neruda and his famed houses (the other two are called La Sebastiana and Isla Negra). The houses are a must-see when in Chile. However, beware, you may never look at the world the same way again.

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