Close to Valparaiso, on the coast of Chile, lies the magical beach of Isla Negra. Known for the unique home that the poet Pablo Neruda built by the ocean, Isla Negra had been on my bucket list for years already. In January, I could finally visit this legendary place.
Pablo Neruda's endless imagination gave this home by the ocean a magic aura, through his playful collections of interesting objects, unique living spaces and unconventional lifestyle.
Neruda, a known lover of the sea, built the inside of his home to resemble a ship. Think low ceilings, creaking wood floors and narrow hallways.
Isla Negra is home to an intriguing community of writers, artists and artisans.
When I was descending the rocky road to visit Neruda's home, I started chatting with a Mapuche artisan. He was braiding baskets under a tree, and told me more about this beautiful tradition.
I couldn’t resist taking some of these handmade treasures home with me.
The breathtaking views, psychedelic carpets of coastal succulents flowers and Pablo's eternal resting place will stay with me forever.