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Address: Ricardo Ferrari 692, Valparaiso, Chile
Phone Number: 32 225 6606
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Description: This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is...
This four-story home, offering 360 degree views of the city, is highlighted by "the jar of smoke," a round, post-modern fireplace designed by Neruda himself.
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We visited all 3 of Neruda's houses, and we are inspired by all of them. For this house in Valpo, Neruda collected many vintage world maps which is my favorite part. We got the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We visited all 3 of Neruda's houses, and we are inspired by all of them. For this house in Valpo, Neruda collected many vintage world maps which is my favorite part. We got the English audio guide which is necessary to understand the house and history. On the top floor which is Neruda's study room, there's a great view of... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The audio tour was a wonderful experience as it allowed us to move at our own pace throughout the museum. Additionally, visiting another of Neruda's homes in Santiago added depth to the experience of both!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The house is located in the hills of old Valparaiso and is worth a look for its quaint building style and location overlooking the harbour of Valparaiso. Good bathroom facilities are available here. There is a shop that is upmarket s be prepared with some money if you are making purchases.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I went on a tour of the city and this was the first place I was taken to. I had no idea about the person the museum was famous for, but nevertheless I took this in my stride. What really grabbed me was the spectacular view from this museum. Didn't do the museum, but the building in itself was quirky... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A well organised and interesting visit (5000 pesos per person including audio guide). There are so many reasons to visit; a nice walk from Ascensor Espíritu Santo, great views, a fun collection of artefacts, an introduction to a great poet and, with a little extra research, a deeper understanding of Chilean politics of the last century. I would also recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I only went up to see the house because one of my friends knew Pablo Neruda's work but even without any background knowledge I enjoyed the visit a lot. You receive an audio guide in your prefered language and can undergo the experience in your own pace. The given information is really interesting and Pablo seems to be a nice... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Unless you have a big interest in Neruda, this place is really an interesting old house with great views of the town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I visited all 3 of Pablo Neruda's houses during my week stay in Chile!...each one is unique and well worth a visit my favourite was Isla Negra but the Valparaiso house is a really close second. The audio tour is informative and allows you to go at your own sped whilst learning and understanding lots about the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A delightful and eccentric house which gives an insight into Pabla Neruda with his eclectic collections of often bizarre bits and pieces and décor. Inspiring view from the house. Go early to avoid crowds as staircase and rooms are small.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This was the last of Neruda's three houses that I saw on my trip to Chile. As ever, I was enthralled by the details he chose to fill his home, his "toys" as he called them. Like all of his houses, La Sebastiana is well worth it to see how the poet shaped his physical space in order to write.... More 

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Address: Address: Ricardo Ferrari 692, Valparaiso, Chile
Phone Number: 32 225 6606
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Valparaiso Region  >  Valparaiso

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NO ES SEGURA PARA LOS TURISTAS. Los lanzas/ladrones te siguien y esperan la ocasion para robarte. a mi me asaltaron de una forma violenta en cerro artilleria. Los carabinieros me dicieron q Valpo es una de las ciudades mas peligrosas de chile y los robos son cada vez mas. Hay q ir solo en las zonas mas turisticas, no llevar nada de valor, vigilar mucho. Me tiraron al suelo, imobilizar con un pie y me pusieron un cuchillo a lado de la barriga a las 10:30 de la mañana. Tuve la mala suerte q en aquel momento no pasaba nadie en la calle. yo y mi hermano estabamos un poco alejado del museo naval y ibamos en direccion de la plaza Wellright. Las callejuelas son peligrosas. Mi relato en ingles: Unfortunally, my experience in Valparaiso was very bad. My brother is living in Santiago de Chile and we decided to go to Valparaiso by ourselves. We took the Ascensor Artillería at 10:30 a.m. From there we went to the Naval and maritime museum.

Our mistake was decided to go by walk to the others turistic places.

so we started to walk and then after 15-20 minutes we were robbed violently.

2 men started to run in our direction, the biggest who was also the leader tried to take my bag and snatch my bag. I was stronger than him. So He threw me on the floor, I was immobilized with a foot and he pulled out a switchblade knife. I saw the knife close to my belly and I was ready to receive the knife. I closed my eyes and I got peed on. My brother was with the other guy who was short and thin and asked for the money/la Plata to a meter away. My brother gave the wallet with 200.000 chilean pesos and all documents and credit card. He was able to hide the I-phone 6 (the price is around 800 Eur). he didn´t tried to help me. My brother told me to stop to tighten the purse/the bag. I did it and the man took my bag which contain the samsung S3, sony zt3 waterproof, a small canon camera (value around 60 Eur) and 110.000 chilean pesos. We were on a Cerro/Hill very close to a square with a checkpoint police (carabinieros). we made the complaint of theft which took a lot of time. The police was very very lazy. Then we went to the police office by car to finish to declair. We lost all the money and we asked to the police some money to return to santiago. They gave the money and we made the transfer the following day. The police told us that Valpairaiso is getting the most dangerous city of Chile. The tourists has to go there with a Tour or if they walk alone, the have to go only in the most touristic places. Sometimes the Lanzas/thieves start to follow the tourist and await the opportunity to rob. It a pity that this beautiful city is so unsafe. The police told us that some people who comes to Valparaiso to give the recognition as a UNESCO heritage of humanity were also robbed. Be careful.

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