A great way to experience the culture of a people are their artistic expressions. On this tour we have selected three activities that will show different states of the artistic creation of Valparaiso and Chile. Literature, represented by the museum of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, Pablo Neruda’s house. Gastronomy, represented by the new Chilean cuisine of Chef Manuel Subercaseaux and, finally, the visual arts with the Open Air Museum, a pictorial wall circuit in different streets of the hill.
Pablo Neruda’s house, La Sebastiana.
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, is also famous for its picturesque houses (now house museums) and its various collections.
Three houses had the poet Pablo Neruda in Chile (and it is said that three were his great loves …), “La Chascona” in Santiago, “La Sebastiana” in Valparaiso and Isla Negra house. This time we will focus on one of the coastal houses Neruda had, as the sea was always very present in the mythical and poetic imagery of the writer.
La Sebastiana is a crazy house, very original and full of stairs, located at the top of Valparaiso, on a hillside of Cerro Florida, which offers an excellent panoramic view of the bay. Neruda opened (after purchasing and remodeling it) on September 1961. In this house are preserved his collections of antique maps, sea shells, paintings and relics from the port. Neruda in Valparaiso sought to find a haven to get away from the bustling Santiago. He found it in a mansion built by his friend Sebastian Collado. In honor of this, he baptized it “La Sebastiana”.
According to their adoration for the sea and boats, the poet finished arranging the house building windows shaped like skylights and the tower was devoted to looking at the bay with binoculars. Although not normally Neruda lived in this house, even he took advantage of its beautiful view on holidays, weekends and New Year.
Chef Manuel Subercaseaux’s cuisine is characterized by working with fresh local products, seafood and rock fish and vegetables from the area, varying with equal grace between sweet and salty. It is an elegant restaurant with tons of love for its culinary proposal.
In his menu we will find dishes like the Lisa Tiradito (super thin fish layers) seasoned with a touch of concentrated ginger, lemon and hot peppers. The hake with Til Til olives or the intense citrus twist of lemon over the shell of a baked Duck Confit with red lentils and mushrooms. To complement all of these, you can choose a dessert like the rich pannacotta or, why not, an elegant digestive drink called Holy Spirit, the specialty of the house, with grapefruit, lemon and gin.
2011. Best Kitchen in Regions by the Circle of Gastronomical Writers of Chile.
2012, 2103, 2014, 2105. 10 best restaurants in Chile, Guia100 by Club CAV.
2012. Best regional restaurant, Wikén magazine, El Mercurio newspaper.
Outdoor Art Museum
The Museo a Cielo Abierto (Outdoor museum) is a mural collection on the streets, where 20 large works of Chilean artists such as Roberto Matta and José Balmes can be seen. The museum opened in 1992 and is considered a must walk in the city. During the tour we will also see the main features of Valparaiso, its stairs, almost hanging balconied buildings overlooking the bay, ending in spontaneous popular mural art exhibition.
• Private transportation. Pick up at the Cruise Terminal of Valparaiso or Hotel
• Admission to Casa Museo ” La Sebastiana ”
• The cost of gourmet lunch
• Transport Insurance
Gourmet lunch detail
• 1 shared appetizer
• 2 main courses
• 2 Chilean Wine Glasses
• 1 shared dessert
• 2 mineral waters
• 2 Tea or Coffee
• Optional Gratuities
• US $ 140 per person
• Minimum booking: 2 persons. Total: $ 280.
• House Museum “La Sebastiana” Closed on Mondays .
• It is likely that some areas can be cold, it is recommended to bring a sweater to the tour.
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