It is almost impossible to think about culture in Chile without reference to Pablo Neruda, Nobel laureate in literature in 1971 and one of the finest of modern poets. A polemical figure during his life—beloved by many, reviled by others—Neruda reveled in his idiosyncrasies, and his houses expressed his personality. Three of his former homes are now museums, and visitors to Valparaíso can get a sense of the man from a visit to La Sebastiana. (If you are planning to go to Santiago while ashore, but are sorry to miss out on La Sebastiana, don't worry. You can visit La Chascona, Neruda's house in Santiago, instead.) Closed Mondays.