Many times as I read a story I wonder from where the author will have written it. What will be inspired García Márquez to write “Story of a castaway”? The sea will have inspired him? the smell of Colombian coffee? Or perhaps his source of inspiration was the shower as it was for the mathematician Archimedes when he shouted the famous expression eureka! After discovering during a bath of immersion, the method for determining the volume of an object with an irregular shape.
The truth is that in Chile is located Isla Negra, one of the houses of Pablo Neruda and there I’m going with my partners looking for one of the greatest inspiration of the Chilean poet.
The House Museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions of the V Region of Chile. It is located only 73 km from Viña del Mar and 115 km from Santiago de Chile making it ideal for a one day getaway. It is inserted into the coastal landscape and history says that the place used to be called Las Gaviotas and poet renamed it as black island by the color of its rocks and because despite not being an island, there could be insulated to write.
As soon as we entered the home, Neruda welcomes us with a legend engraved on a wall at the entrance: “I´ve returned from my travels. I sailed building happiness”.
Neruda, a sea lover, built the House as a boat with low ceilings, crisp wood floors, and narrow aisles where he kept his most unusual collections: figureheads, pipes, bottles, masks, pictures of his favorite poets, bottled boats, replicas of sailing ships and paintings by famous artists. Up one of the many tables there is scattered by the House there is a Chinese compass, a planetary system, books about birds and an impressive collection of sea shells brought from all over the world (this room was a project that the poet left unfinished when he died and that the Neruda Foundation was commissioned to complete).
“The Pacific Ocean was out of map. There were no place to put it. It was so big, messy and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That´s the reason why they left it against my window”.
Hints of Isla Negra
- Poeta Neruda s/n, Isla Negra, El Quisco. It´s located only 73 km from Viña del Mar y a 115 km de Santiago de Chile.
- Telephone: (56) 35-461284
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sending the email does not constitute a reservation.
- House Isla Negra Museum only receives guided tours.
- Guided tour (spanish and english): $4.000 CH.
- Audio guide (multi-language): $4.000 CH.
- Students and seniors: $1.500 CH.
- March to December: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18 hours.
- January and February: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 20 hours.
- Closed on Mondays.