Pomaire & Pichilemu

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A vendor´s stall in the main street of Pomaire. The dark coloured pottery is typical of the items made in this area -very rustic and very practical.

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.

The overflow wall of the Rapel Dam.
  Most of the pottery shops line the long main street and while many sell the lovely, dark, rustic pottery the area is famous for, lots are also full of the usual tourist tat.  The Pomaire pottery is generally very practical, being bowls, cooking pots, planters etc., and the prices are very good.  Unfortunately for someone who likes this sort of thing, Melissa does NOT have room in her backpack for anything, apart from the fact that it might not finish up in one piece.  Apparently Pomaire is also famous for empanadas, and we saw one shop advertising a half kilo empanada, so would have to be hungry for that one!

After leaving Pomaire, we headed towards Pichilemu (on the coast) and stopped at the Rapel Dam on the way.

Night view of the ocean, Punta de Lobos.
  This is a large hydro-electric complex producing power form the Cachapoal and Tinguirinca rivers, and features one of those big cement walls over which water gushes in the spring thaws.  Unfortunately, there´s not much water flowing at the moment, so it was not much to look at.  We saw loads of big carp swimming around the bank, no trout though.

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.

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A vendor´s stall in the main stre…
A vendor´s stall in the main str…
The overflow wall of the Rapel Dam.
The overflow wall of the Rapel Dam.
Night view of the ocean, Punta de …
Night view of the ocean, Punta de…
photo by: sissanoel