THE BEST WAY TO SANTIAGO, CHILE
From LAX, LAN offers direct service to Santiago, and American, Delta, COPA and LAN offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $859, excluding taxes and fees.
TurBus, http://www.turbus.cl/wtbus/indexCompra.jsf, offers round-trip bus transportation to Valparaíso, from $9. Rental cars are available from United Rent a Car, http://www.united-chile.com/Sitio%20Ingles/home_english.htm, from $46 a day, and Hertz, http://www.chile-hotels.com/hertz.htm, from $80 a day. Drivers must be at least 23.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011(the international dialing code), 56 (the country code for Chile), the area code and the local number.
WHAT TO DO
Pablo Neruda's homes are operated as museums by the Santiago-based Pablo Neruda Foundation, http://www.fundacionneruda.org/en.html.
La Chascona, 0192 Fernando Márquez de la Plata, Santiago. March-December: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; January and February: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Guided tours by reservation only, $3.50 (in English).
La Sebastiana, 692 Ferrari, Valparaíso; 32-225-6606, 32-223-3759. March-December: 10:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; January and February: 10:30 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission $7 (seniors and students half-price). Audio tours available in different languages.
Isla Negra, Poeta Neruda, Isla Negra, El Quisco. March-December: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; January and February: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Guided tours by reservation only, $3.50 (in English)
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