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.
By Nora Walsh
Chile is widely known for its premium wines that are sipped around the world. As its emblematic varietals continue to rise in quality, Chile’s gastronomy scene is keeping pace. The country’s established and up-and-coming chefs are putting their stamp on contemporary Chilean cuisine by refining traditional recipes using local, and many times indigenous, ingredients to make Chile’s indelible mark on South America and the culinary world.
Photo: Sergio Olivier
Holiday traditions vary wildly around the world from gift giving to elaborate festivals. But in South America, one tradition has stood the test of time no matter where you are—raising a glass of holiday cheer. Here’s a look at six of our favorite South American countries and their spirited holiday offerings.
Photo: Sharon Hahn Darlin
It’s easy enough to fill your days in Santiago, with long walks, museums, views from one of two hills over the city, or even a nearby hike or day trip. But what about when night comes, and it’s time to make the most of it? Where should you go out in Santiago? Here’s a guide to four neighborhoods where Chileans and locals alike go to make merry in the evening and into the night. Beer, wine and pisco sours are optional.