Frequently Asked Questions

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Pichilemu
Where is Pichilemu?

Pichilemu is located 3.5 hours southeast from the International Airport and Capital city, Santiago de Chile. We are in the 6th region and on the central coast.
How do I get to Pichilemu from the airport in Santiago?
From the airport you can take the blue airport shuttle bus for cheap ($300-500 pesos) or a taxi (maybe easier) for around $6000-8000 to the bus terminal. The Pichilemu bus leaves from the TERMINAL ALAMEDA.
Choose from companies Nilahue or Pullman del Sur. They leave ever couple hours until 8pm. Make sure to take the much shorter route through MELIPILLA (3-3.5hours, cost: $5000-$600-)
How do I get to Pichilemu from Santiago center?
You can take a bus, taxi, or the metro to the Terminal Alameda. The metro stop on the #1 red line is U. de Santiago. Get off here and you will walk right up into the Terminal Alameda. Choose from companies Nilahue or Pullman del Sur. They leave ever couple hours until 8pm. Make sure to take the much shorter route through MELIPILLA (3-3.5hours, cost: $4000-$5000)
How do I get to Pichilemu from the south?
If you are far south we recommend a comfortable overnight bus back to Santiago, then to Pichilemu. If you are only coming from the 7th or 8th regions you can take a bus to San Fernando. From San Fernando the bus with companies Nilahue or Pullman del Sur leave every hour.
What's Pichilemu like?
Pichilemu is country town meets surf town; ride your horse to the supermarket while you talk on your cell. It's slow-paced, dusty, rustic, but quaint and beautiful with a small but loyal following of surfers and windsurfers from Chile and afar. The weather is agreeable all year, the accommodation prices are cheap outside high season (dec-march), and the beaches and surf are truly representative of the wild Pacific.
Is Pichilemu safe for solo female travelers?
Yes. Solo females here must take the same precautions as they should anywhere: i.e don't leave the disco alone at 4am. Chilean men love women, and especially blond ones. Most of the cat-calling is harmless and it's almost expected that women ignore the comments.
What's the best time of year to come and study?
Anytime is good although our low season winter has the most unpredictable weather and surf.
What's the weather like in Pichilemu?
Dry, mediterranean climate. Never very hot nor very cold. Rainy season lasts 3-4 months (usually May-August). Average summer temps: 60-80 degrees F (15-27C). Winter averages: 40-65 degrees F (5-17C).
Surfing
How's the surf in winter/summer/fall etc...?
I would tell you but I'd have to...The surf in Pichilemu is very consistent all year.
What's the water temperature?
55-60 F or 12-15 C
Do I need a wetsuit to go surfing?
Yes. People use 3/4 in summer but 4/3 is good all year. Hoodies and booties are optional.
Is the surf good for beginner surfers?
Yes, there are easy beach breaks for very beginners. The point break in town has a sand bottom (so safe), but the currents and size generally make it an intermediate wave.
Can anyone take surf lessons in Pichilemu?
Yes. There are several surf schools with classes and equipment rental offered all year.
Spanish Classes

I prefer group classes (I'm a solo traveler), how can I guarantee a group class?
PILS is a small but rapidly growing language school. We are flexible and will do our best to find you a group at your level. Our main priority is your learning development and we rather you take fewer private hours than put you in a group too high or low for your level. During the high season months (Nov-March) finding a group is generally no problem. You can always mix private and group classes as well.
I only want to take a few classes, is that possible?
Anything is possible, but it depends on availability.
Can I take more than 15 hours a week of private or group class?
Yes. Please contact us to register and request additional hours
What does the registration fee include?
You registration fee includes: all the photocopies and materials you'll receive during class, notebook and pen, access to the student lounge with TV, DVD, mags, Wi-Fi, coffee and tea. Free access to the English language book exchange.
I don't have a set travel itinerary. Is it possible to register for classes when I arrive in Pichilemu?
Yes. During high-season it is recommended to register online to secure a place, but we often accommodate walk-in students.
Quality
How can I be assured of quality teachers and a quality experience?
You can read testimonials on our Testimonial Page, or on the website www.123teachme.com
At PILS our students have the small school advantage - each group and private class is specifically designed for those students. We do our best to accommodate our students, from helping them with future travel plans to finding the best place to stay in town.
Is it possible to receive college credit for my studies at PILS?
Yes. We offer US college credit for 9 different Spanish courses with transfer credits from Brookhaven Community College in Texas. The classes are usually a mix of group and private, depending on your elected courses and require a significant amount of work. All tests and evaluations are faxed to and approved by Brookhaven faculty.
How long does it take to learn Spanish?
Learning a language is not an easy accomplishment but an extremely rewarding one. Much of it depends on the student: Do you want to learn enough to get by or to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment? Do you already know a 2nd language? Do you enjoy practicing with others or are you very shy?
Generally the people who want to learn the most learn the fastest. All the classes you take add to your total knowledge so you will never regret even a few classes to help clear some doubts.
Accommodation - See also our Accommodation Page
What kind of accommodation options are there in Pichilemu?
Pichilemu has cabins with kitchens (from very basic to very nice), rooms in hostels and hotels (with and without breakfast), or homestay accommodation through PILS. 
Is accommodation in Pichilemu expensive?
No. Our homestays are a great deal: around $30 US pp a day with 3 meals. You can go as low as $12 US/day pp for a very basic room in a hostel, to $40-60/day for a nice cabin for 2 with kitchen. We recommend Cabanas Buena Vista for couples and small families.
Other
What else is there to do in Pichilemu besides study and surf?
Pichilemu has many bars, discos, and restaurants open in the high season months and on holidays.
Please see the Activities Page for information on horseback riding, mt. biking, kayaking, kite-surfing, yoga classes, and cultural activities and tours, etc...
For more information on Mountain Biking in Pichilemu and Bike and Wine Tours in wine country: www.chileolas.com
Are there any wineries nearby?
Some of Chile's best wineries are in the near-by Colchagua Valley. They are located about 1-1.5 hours drive from Pichilemu, a little longer by bus. PILS can organize taxi and van transport for students who are interested. Please see the Activities Page for transport/tour information.
Are there volunteer opportunities in Pichilemu?
We have a couple different ESL volunteer options listed on the Volunteer Page

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