Few artists have made such an impact on their country’s identity and ideology as Pablo Neruda. A Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet, his work is celebrated both locally and distributed across the globe. But it was his personal life, which captivated audiences and grabbed the headlines. From scandalous affairs to assassination rumors, Neruda’s life was an infinite source of intrigue. Hailing from the beautiful port city of Valparaiso, we can gleam a bit more about him from his adopted home, which no doubt inspired much of his work. Here’s how to explore Valparaiso and witness the impact it had on his life.
Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once wrote in Ode to Valparaiso, “Valparaiso, how absurd you are, what a lunatic, crazy port,” perfectly summing up the aesthetic of this quirky city by the sea. Ravaged by fire and earthquakes through much of its history, Valparaiso has thrived in the face of adversity, all the while developing a culture unique from the rest of Chile. A feast for the eyes and stomach, nowhere is this more evident than the cuisine. Let’s take a look at a few dishes that make Valparaiso the perfect destination for foodies from around the globe.
Since the mid-1980s, Chile has solidified itself in the International wine community as a country that not only produces exceptional varietals but does so at an affordable price point. A social country built on the backbone of good wine and good conversation, here’s a brief overview of Chile’s vast wine regions, as well as the profiles you must try when you’re there.
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Shaped by the crashing waves and untamed landscape, the Isla Grande de Chiloé is the fifth largest island in Chile, developing an identity distinctly different than the mainland. With a local community that celebrates the arts, mythology, and architecture, food is a huge part of their culture. A cuisine that doesn’t rely on buzzwords like “organic”, food in the Chiloé Islands embraces the history and heartiness offered by local purveyors. Come with us as we explore the cuisine of this unique region.