Pachamama Bus - Lake District Route - Day 1

Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Hostel Bahia

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Friday, March 14, 2008

After an overnight stay in Santiago we boarded our Pachamama bus, with Melissa, our guide and Marcelo our driver and headed to Pichilemu. On the way we had a stop at a small village called Pomaire (means cave of Refugees in the local Quechua language) for empanadas and a look at the shops and the local handicrafts. After this we carried on to Rapel dam (means Clay mud). We arrived in Pichilemu early afternoon and after checking into our hostel, Matt, Martin and I headed to a local surf school to hire surf boards and wetsuits to have a surf. The water in Chile is very cold and so we had full length and very thick wetsuits as well as booties to try and stave off the hypothermia. I would paddle for a bit, then blow on my hands just to keep them warm enough to keep going! Unfortunately I didn't manage to catch any waves, but
Matt did and was very excited about surfing in one of the best surf spots in Chile. At dusk we all piled back into the bus and headed to Punta de Lobos only 6 km away and the spot where the national surf championships are held. This spot is on a rocky peninsular with cliffs and the waves here were massive and went for a long time. We saw a few amazing rides and it was very impressive, unfortunately the sunset wasn't all that special as it was quite misty and hard to see. We all headed back to the hostel for a great BBQ prepared by the hostel and then hung around for a few drinks and getting to know each other. It turns out that we were travelling with 3 Australian girls, 3 British (2 girls from Hertfordshire) and 2 Germans. (As well as our Chilean guide and driver).
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