Pomaire & Pichilemu
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Left Santiago today, so on the move again. We´ve bought a 5 day pass on the Pachamama by Bus backpackers bus, doing part of their Southern Lakes route. The company is operating a hop on-hop off system whereby you can stay longer at each spot if you like, you just need to let the driver know when you want to get back on, which can be done by email the day or so before. The price is more than if we just got on a TurBus to where we want to go, but Pachamama advertise that they go off the beaten track, so we´ll see how we get on. They run a 16 person mini-van, but only take 13 passengers max. Our bus is pretty well full, only a couple of spare seats. Our first stop was about an hour out of Santiago, at the small town of Pomaire - famous here for it´s pottery.
After leaving Pomaire, we headed towards Pichilemu (on the coast) and stopped at the Rapel Dam on the way.
Pichilemu is a lovely beach town on the coast only a couple of hours from Santiago. The beach stretches around a large bay-like area, and the waves are great for learning to surf - not too large and scarey! The sand here is not black, but is quite dark, being in a volcanic area. The place is obviously very popular with Chilean holiday-makers as every house block is advertising holiday cabins and apartments. The town is also home to the Ross Palace, built as a casino by the original town founder. If it is the building we think it is, it is a very impressive old pile, but is currently being renovated so can´t be visited. We were intending to go around to Punta de Lobos to watch the sunset but unfortunately two people in our group were late getting to the bus and by the time we arrived at the peninsula, we only had time to see the sun disappear under the horizon. The area is nice though, a rocky peninsula from where you can watch the surfers zoom into the beach. Quite windy and cold though. We had dinner at the hotel tonight - they gave us a huge plate of BBQéd meat and salad. Vegetarians were catered for, but they obviously prefer meat lovers in this country.