Valparaiso was one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. The city is a historic port and university town famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city’s unique system of funicular railways. After years of gloom and decay this historic port is now living something of a revival. The Chilean government has pledged both economic and structural support to the city and private entities are implementing projects that will encourage an urban renaissance in Valparaiso as a world heritage city as well as Chile’s cultural capital. These combined efforts culminated in UNESCO naming Valparaiso’s Historic Quarter a World Heritage Site in 2003.
Our 90 minute journey to Isla Negra will take us through one of Chile’s most important wine-producing areas, the Casablanca Valley. This privileged location, between the Andes and Coastal Mountain Ranges, creates the perfect terroir for some of South America’s finest white wines. Continuing on to the coast we will pass such picturesque villages as El Quisco and Punta de Tralca before arriving in Isla Negra.
Isla Negra is home to the Pablo Neruda Museum. This delightful place was home to the Chilean poet, and 1971 Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). He came across the village in the 1940s while riding his horse and decided there and then that its idyllic setting, with a background of forest and the Pacific Ocean, would be the ideal spot to build a home for the love of his life, Matilda. He personally supervised the construction and brought in a huge array of personal objects from around the world. This impressive collection is quite valuable today. When he died, at his bequest, he was buried in his garden overlooking the ocean.
After our visit we will continue to the William Cole vineyard where we will enjoy a typical Chilean barbecue lunch. Each dish will be accompanied by exquisite wines from the vineyard. We will also be entertained by traditional Chilean folk songs.
At the end of this fascinating visit we will return to Valparaiso and the ship.
Suggested Attire/Walking Notes: Casual with moderate walking.
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