About Pichilemu

Sleepy fishing village meets international Surf mecca
Pichilemu is still considered off the 'gringo trail'. It's primarily been a summer tourist resort for Chileans escaping inland heat in January and February. Consequentially, summer time is packed and off season allows many accomodation options. Pichilemu holds on to many cultural traditions rarely seen in other parts of Chile. Huaso (cowboy) culture is prominent: Cowboys in ponchos and square hats roam the dirt roads and school children often participate in traditional dance competitions called Cueca Dancing.
Despite the deep campesino traditions, modern life is rapidly coming to Pichilemu. Most people use cell phones, there are several internet cafes in town, and recently bars and hotels are offering Wi-Fi. Many more roads are paved now than even 4 years ago. Buses run several times a day to both Santiago and Santa Cruz/San Fernando. International big-wave surf competitions happen every year and several regional and national surf competitions occur throughout the year.
What not to miss:
September 18th Holiday: The National Independence Day holiday - el diciocho de Septiembre - is a great holiday in Pichilemu. People build make-shift shelters called 'Fondas' and hold all night parties with traditional games in the day (greased pig, pole climbing, cueca dancing, rodeos) and traditional music, drinking, and dancing through the night. The party usually lasts several days.

Weather: (also see FAQs)
The weather in Pichilemu is ideal - never too hot or too cold.
Surf: (also see FAQS) The surf is great for beginner to advanced surfers. You need a wetsuit all year, but it's not cold enough to keep surfers from all over the globe from flocking to Pichilemu. See our FAQs page for more information on classes, temperatures, etc...
Getting Here: See our FAQs page.
Going out:
Pichilemu has several pubs, discos, sushi restaurants, seafood restaurants, pizza places, empanada stands and 1 taco shop. everything open is in the high season, and off season many places only open on the weekends. The busiest time of year is Dec-March and the quietest time of year is winter - June, July, and August.
Cultural Tours and Winery Tours: See our Activities Page for information and prices on tours.

                                  

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