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Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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For literary aficionados, no trip to Santiago would be complete without visiting La Chascona, the former residence of Noble Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Named "La Chascona" — or the "Woman with the Tousled Hair" for Neruda's third wife, who was characterized by her red, wavy strands — the converted museum today houses a rare collection of Neruda's personal possessions, including a portrait of Neruda's third wife painted by Diego Riviera. 

While you're free to explore the museum on your own, previous visitors recommend taking advantage of the audio guide tour (included in the cost of admission), which provides a rich background of Neruda's life. "The audio tour gives great historical context and, although it took years of repairs to restore the home, it feels as though Neruda has just stepped away," said one TripAdvisor user.

La Chascona sits at the edge of St. Christopher Hill in the Bellavista neighborhood. If you're relying on public transit, you should hop off at the Baquedano stop (accessed via metro Line 1 or 5), located about half a mile south of the museum. From March to December, La Chascona is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; the museum stays open until 7 p.m. in January and February. Admission costs 4,000 CLP (about $7 USD). For additional information, visit the Fundación Neruda website

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