What to do and see in Cartagena, Chile: The Best Places and Tips

November 12, 2017 Darleen Reid

Discover the best top things to do in Cartagena, Chile including Vina Casa Marin Winery, Tour Isla Negra - Day Tours, Museo Vicente Huidobro, Casa/ Museo de Pablo Neruda, Yali Explora, Matetic Vineyard, Escalera Kennedy, Casino del Pacifico, Paseo de las Artes El Tabo, Pablo Neruda's House.
Restaurants in Cartagena

1. Vina Casa Marin Winery

Camino Lo Abarca s/n | V Region, Lo Abarca, Chile 56 2 33 42 986
Excellent
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Vina Casa Marin Winery

Viña Casa Marín is a family-owned boutique winery located in the San Antonio appellation, founded by María Luz Marín in 2000, a passionate wine maker and entrepreneur. Viña Casa Marin is now recognized as one of the 100 best vineyards in the world. Its truly unique terroir, just 4 kilometers from the coast, makes it currently Chile's closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean. Casa Marin has been described as the “most daring and innovative vineyard” in Chile, famous for their cool climate fine wines. They have won many awards including the “Best Sauvignon Blanc in the World” in 2010 and the best in Chile in 2013. Open for private tours and tastings of their Premium wines, lunches with the family members and winemaker, and overnight stays in the private Bed & Breakfast, situated at one of the vineyard’s most privileged spots with a spectacular view of the Pacific ocean.

Reviewed By Ignacio G - Santiago, Chile

The tasting we arranged for CLP 20,000 per person consisted of 5 premium wines, three of them being from the Casa Marin label (thus under the supervision of María Luz Marín) whereas the remaining two were of the Litoral label (creations of her son, Felipe).
I am mentioning the above because it is a tasting that while not in their webpage, can be arranged as this winery is flexible in that regards, which is a very good thing.
Our guide was Fernanda, which sitting us in the wine bar thoroughly educated us on the different wines being served: a Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Riesling (rare thing in Chile), Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Leaving aside the great quality of the wines, a positive thing of the tasting is that Fernanda is very knowledgeable of wine. She is an English teacher graduate (thus making an English tasting possible) and has also taken sommelier courses in Santiago.
Hence, this was not a scripted tasting but rather a conversation on the different wines being tasted.
Personally I think their Pinot Noir and Riesling are very interesting and full of life and expression, something that most of us as amateur consumers appreciate (in opposition to a somewhat complex wine filled with hints maybe too subtle, as their Syrah probably is).
Although you can buy wine after, I am conflicted by the pricing of this vineyard as I think is a bit off market-price (on the higher end of course). Nevertheless, buying wine directly in the store is certainly cheaper than doing it in a supermarket or specialty store anywhere else.
We did not do a tour but the grounds seemed pretty and with a feeling as if you were in somebody's home (actually, I think part of the building was María Luz's house).
If doing the tasting, we suggest you to request the fire of the wine bar being lit, as it is a pretty cold and gloomy room which can use the extra light and heat.

2. Tour Isla Negra - Day Tours

Avenida Circunvalacion Los Aromos 341 | Villa Isla Negra, Comuna de el Quisco, San Antonio 2660131, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Tour Isla Negra - Day Tours

Reviewed By jeronimojr289 - Goiania, GO

it is not a sofisticated travel, but it is unforgettable. Like to meet Pablo Neruda. He had a magic don to became simple things in art. And you can do it to yourself, it is your thought.

3. Museo Vicente Huidobro

Calle Vicente Huidobro S/N | Camino a la Tumba Vicente Huidobro, Cartagena, Chile +56 35 244 0091
Excellent
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4 based on 22 reviews

Museo Vicente Huidobro

Reviewed By MarciaCMNunes

É interessante porque é como o Museu para os cariocas a casa de Dom Pedro em Petrópolis, porque é uma casa e que virou museu. Vale a visita.

4. Casa/ Museo de Pablo Neruda

Balneario Isla Negra | Frente al mar, calle s/n, Isla Negra, Chile 56-35-461284
Excellent
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4.5 based on 634 reviews

Casa/ Museo de Pablo Neruda

Reviewed By kim o - Santiago, Chile

Isla Negra is the last house he lived in before he died and it's where he was finally laid to rest - overlooking the sea. The location is beautiful, the house is unique and in keeping with his passion for ships. Neruda was a collector of things which are displayed through out the house. A separate section was added to display the many seashells he collected from around the globe. It is well worth the visit. If you want to avoid long lines it's advisable to get there early. Even if you have to wait you can spend time down at the shore or wander through the artists selling their wares along the path to the house or in the Cafe Restaurante Rincon del Poeta.

5. Yali Explora

Parque Tricao, Santo Domingo, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Yali Explora

Reviewed By MarciaCMNunes

Bom para quem passar um sábado em um parque tranquilo e ao mesmo tempo com aventura se gostar. Tem lugar para fazer churrasco ou assado como eles dizem. E tem esportes para praticar como caíques.

6. Matetic Vineyard

Fundo Rosario | Casablanca Valley, Lagunillas, Chile (56-2) 583 8660
Excellent
57%
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4 based on 202 reviews

Matetic Vineyard

Reviewed By JEHSAH - Sydney, Australia

Had a very pleasant tour of the vineyards.staff are clearly passionate and proud of where they work and what they do. The vineyard, estate and restaurant are immaculately cared for and it shows.
Loved our meal- attentive, good quality, somewhat different and elegant.
A very pleasant visit.

7. Escalera Kennedy

Pasaje Kennedy, Cartagena, Chile
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Escalera Kennedy

Reviewed By MarciaCMNunes

Se parece com a escadaria de selaron na Lapa - Rio de Janeiro, é bonita e se impressiona como conseguem colocar tantos cacos para formar ela e ficar perfeita.

8. Casino del Pacifico

Avenida Ramon Barros Luco 105, San Antonio 2663160, Chile +56 35 223 1795
Excellent
29%
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8%
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4 based on 37 reviews

Casino del Pacifico

Reviewed By guillermo1945 - Concon, Chile

He visitado varias veces Casino del Pacífico y siempre que pasado momentos agradables a pesar de no tener suerte en el juego.
El local del Casino es amplio y tiene una gran cantidad de máquinas para el gusto de todos los jugadores.
La atención del personal es muy buena y amable.
La calidad de los tragos es muy buena.
Normalmente los fines de semana hay grupos musicales de calidad que alegran el ambiente del casino.

9. Paseo de las Artes El Tabo

Arturo Prat 352, El Tabo, Chile +56 9 8501 5014
Excellent
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4 based on 20 reviews

Paseo de las Artes El Tabo

Reviewed By Claudio G

Primera vez que veo en el Tabo algo que no sea una feria artesanal de esas típicas del litoral central (y muchas ciudades fuera de stgo) donde con suerte encuentras una artesanía... acá podrás encontrar tejidos, productos naturales, productos chinos(snacks, te, caramelos, etc), joyeria, adornos egipcios y un par de cosas mas. No hay juguetes, pistolas ni los tipicos stands de ferias artesanales por lo que vale la pena conocer...

10. Pablo Neruda's House

Camion Vecinal s/n, Isla Negra, Chile +56 35 246 1284
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pablo Neruda's House

This charming home of the famous Chilean poet overlooks the Pacific and contains unusual collections, the tuxedo he wore when accepting the 1971 Nobel Prize and the simple burial plot of Neruda and his wife.

Reviewed By Pamehla - Winnipeg, Canada

Isla Negra is where Pablo Neruda and his wife, Matilde Urrutia, are buried, overlooking the ocean. This house is huge, and with beautiful Gardens and views. He loved to collect many things: shells, ships in bottles, BUGS!, figureheads, coloured glass, beautiful tableware, and many others. This tour is the longest of the three Neruda homes, with individual headsets. The English is excellent and clear. Highly recommended!

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