Isla Negra Tour
A trip to the quaint village of Isla Negra and a visit to Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda's beach house is one of the must-sees of a visit to Chile's Central Region. At Travelan we offer two slightly different itineraries of this tour to fit your interests and needs.
Isla Negra with Casablanca vineyard option:
After picking you up from your hotel in Santiago we’ll head to the coastal village of Isla Negra and to the house of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house. Neruda was once described at the greatest poet of the 20th Century and even with his political ambiguities and controversies, it’s no doubt that his house by the sea is his finest. You be able to explore the house yourself, and find out more about his life and work, how he lived and the significance of the house. Make sure not to miss the idyllic views from the bedroom and his amazing shell collection.
Once you’re dazzled by the beauty of Neruda’s house, we’ll continue onto the Casablanca Valley and to Casas del Bosque vineyard. Here you’ll be able to have lunch at their superb 5-star restaurant Tanino. After lunch, you’ll be able to tour the vineyard itself and find out about the wine-making process in Chile and what makes Casas Del Bosque vineyard so special. The tour includes a jaunt around the grounds as well as a tasting of 3-4 of their finest wines. If Casas del Bosque doesn't appeal we visit Matetic vineyard instead. We’ll then head back to Santiago where we’ll drop you off at your hotel.
Isla Negra with Pomaire village option:
After spending the morning discovering Pablo Neruda’s house, (see above) we’ll continue on to the little village of Pomaire. Pomaire is famous for its local clay and pottery. On the little streets of Pomaire, you’ll find pottery handicrafts made here by hand and then sold all over the country.
In Pomaire you can enjoy a traditional lunch of typical Chilean cuisine prepared to the highest standard. National dishes such as empanadas (meat pies), pastel de choclo (corn pie) and cazuela (beef or chicken stew) can all be found here, cooked and served in the local pottery.
After lunch, we’ll go for a walk around town where you can go souvenir shopping, grab a mote con huesillo, a typical Chilean dessert drink and gawk at the huge empanadas- another thing Pomaire is famous for.
We’ll then head back to Santiago where we’ll drop you off at your hotel.
Tour is a full day (9 hours) - 9.00 am pickup and we aim to be back at your hotel at 6.00 pm.
Private Transportation and our English, Spanish or Portuguese driver/guide.
Entrance to Neruda's House