Route of the Poets: feel the inspiration

Chile is a country of poets, with two Nobel Prizes in Literature for Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize for Nicanor Parra in 2012. So it’s not surprising that Chile even has a route of the poets.

This route will take you to the cities of Cartagena, Las Cruces, Isla Negra and the village of Montegrande in the Elqui Valley, where you will immerse yourself in the lives of these famous poets and visit the places where they lived and were inspired to write.

In the coastal town of Isla Negra, just a few kilometres from Santiago, you will find one of Neruda’s three houses in Chile. Two more of Pablo Neruda’s houses can also be visited as museums – the house “La Sebastiana” in Valparaíso and “La Chascona” in the Bellavista district of Santiago de Chile.

On the occasion of World Poetry Day, celebrated every 21st March, we would like to give you a glimpse into Neruda’s house in Isla Negra with this short video.

A passion for collecting, an eye for the beautiful things in life and hospitality – all this is reflected in his house in Isla Negra.

Here, Neruda wrote an important part of his literary work. The place was originally called Las Gaviotas (Sea gulls). The poet renamed it: “negra” for the colour of the rocks, and “isla”, perhaps because over there he could isolate himself to write. One of his most famous works, which he wrote in this house, is the “Canto General”, which is about the history and nature of America.

If you want more detailed information on this route or you would like to plan a visit to Neruda´s Houses please contact your Turavion Travel Consultant.