Pichilemu is a laid back beach town in Chile known as one of the best surfing spots in the world, with the best year-round surfing in South America. It’s about three and a half hours by bus from Santiago’s Terminal Alameda.
We went to Pichilemu expecting sunshine and instead got heavy rain and a freezing cold breeze off the ocean on arrival. That night, we just walked around the main part of town and warmed up with a hot chocolate at Agua Bendita.
We had dinner at Blue, which makes empanadas and pizzas to order. All of the toppings are in front and you can pick and choose as many as you want. The chef rolls the empanadas up for you and brings them to your table when they’re done. We also shared a huge plate of greasy fries – the perfect complement to our empanadas.
After dinner, it was off to Hostal Sirena for a night in. The room was amazing. Everything was recently built and the owner told us they had just opened in January. The place was spotless and cozy. The room was freezing cold, but a tiny heater got it warm really fast. Breakfast in the morning was nice and simple, with fruits, bread, cheese, and jam. It was probably one of the most comfortable places I’ve ever stayed.
Punta de Lobos
After a quick morning coffee at Marley Coffee, we went to the world-famous surfing area of Pichilemu, Punta de Lobos. The area is just stunningly beautiful. It’s enough to sit at the edge of the cliffs and enjoy the views.
The main attraction for many is watching the surfers. This morning, there were about 20 or 30 in the water all trying to catch some really nice waves. In the winter, waves can get up to 13m (50ft) here!
With a few memorials to surfers who have died here, visitors are reminded how dangerous the ocean and the rocks can be. I really admire how the surfers control their boards not to go crashing into all the rocks near the beach.
My favorite part of Punta de Lobos are the two rocks that jut out of the ocean. They stand 50m high.
After watching the surfers for a bit, we drove back into town and stopped at Ross Park, a park full of palm trees that overlooks the main beach in Pichilemu, Playa Las Terrazas.