Litoral Central:

The Poets Coast

Nicanor Parra
Pablo Neruda
Vicente Huidobro

The “Litoral”, has places like Santo Domingo, San Antonio, Cartagena, Las Cruces, Isla Negra, El Tabo, Algarrobo, and El Quisco. All well known for its many beaches and it’s cultural activity, having many ties to the literature, music and poets. These poets both national and internationally well known; among them the antipoet Nicanor Parra, the poet and politician Pablo Neruda and the creationist Vicente Huidobro.

Nicanor Parra


Chilean poet, mathematician, physicist, and intellectual. Creator of antipoetry and is the only one of his siblings who continued studies beyond primary school.

In 1935 he published the New Chilean Poetry Anthology, through which he met great exponents of contemporary Chilean poetry.

Parra was very demanding with his poems before publishing them, so, once done, in his future versions usually had very few variations. 

Various institutions and individuals tried to nominate him for the Nobel Prize in Literature on three occasions, in 1995, 1997, and 2000. Parra did not get the candidacy, but in 2001 he was awarded

with the Queen Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry from Spain.

Also, he was the winner of the literary award, Cervantes in 2011.

Nicanor move to live on the coast of poets in the 80s and was very loved in the town of Las Cruces. His arrival generated a change in the town, more intellectuals, poets, and writers. Began to visit and more to the area. He passes away in his loved town of Las Cruces in 2018.

Pablo Neruda


Pablo Neruda a pseudonym after changing his name legally from Ricardo Reyes. Chilean poet and politician.

He is considered among the most prominent and influential artists of his century; besides having been Senator of the Republic, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, pre-candidate for the presidency, and ambassador to France.

Among his many recognitions, stand out the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Neruda’s house was looted in Santiago after the military coup by Augusto Pinochet and his books were burned.

Neruda’s death is highly commented on due to whether it was really prostate cancer or whether it is a possible poisoning, a few years ago multiple toxicological tests were done to confirm the cause of death from cancer, however, there are still doubts and replies as that remains of a bacterium foreign to cancer treatments were found that when it is altered, it is highly toxic. He is buried in Isla Negra, where he rests with Matilde.

Called Isla Negra due to a black rock in the sea near his oceanfront home.

He had his third marriage to Matilde in Isla Negra, a simple civil and private ceremony in his house, where he keeps his particular collections of shells and figureheads. 

The Isla Negra Museum House is managed by the Neruda Foundation and in addition to having a souvenirs shop and objects related to the poet, it has a cultural center where are regular exhibitions.

Vicente Huidobro


Chilean poet, initiator, and exponent of Creationism.

From an aristocratic family, linked to large agricultural property, banking, and politics.

He received his first formal education from English and French governesses. He had his time in Chile and then he went to Buenos Aires and Europe.

In 1946 he settled in Cartagena and reissued Chilean poet, initiator, and exponent of Creationism. 

In 1946 he settled in Cartagena and reissued Trois Nouvelles Exemplaires and the following year suffered a stroke that was attributed to a consequence of his war wounds and on 2 January dies at home, according to his wishes, he was buried on a hill facing the sea.

On April 6, 2013, the Vicente Huidobro Museum was inaugurated in what was his home Cartagena, the museum has 6 rooms and more than 300 documents.