We drove through the night and arrived in Pichilemu early in the morning. Tired, we all passed out to prepare ourselves for a fun weekend. In the morning, I woke up before everyone and decided to get lost in the town of Pichilemu. While wandering, I managed to buy bread from a guy on a bicycle, a box of crabs from a lady on the street, and fruit and vegetables from the local verdeluria. Total cost: approximately $6 USD or $3,000 Chilean Pesos. Amazing how far your $ can go when you buy locally.
Here's a picture of breakfast:
Pichilemu is known around the world for Punta Lobos (Point of Sea Wolves) for its incredible point break. The waves form a perfect "left", a surfer's dream. Basically a "left" wave means that the wave has an open face towards the left side if you were to be facing the beach. Of course, I had to see what it was all about, so my French friends and I headed over there to rent surfboards and wet suits.
The climate in Pichilemu is identical to Pismo Beach. It is usually cloudy, but in the summer it is pretty warm. In terms of latitude, Pismo and Pichilemu are both at the 35 parallel, N and S respectively. This also results in having similar nature, ie. beaches. Even the waves match those in Morro Bay, where the waves come off the huge Morro Rock to form a very nice left.
To sum it all up, Pichilemu is a great surf town that welcomes "extranjeros" (foreigners) with open arms. They have great, cheap seafood, and incredible beaches. It is a perfect weekend getaway for Santiagans, and for travelers as well. Highly recommend staying at a surf hostel if one were to travel there!
More posts coming soon, apologies for not being as regular as I had promised!