Surf at last!
10.01.2007 - 16.01.2007 27 °C
After leaving the humid heat of Mendoza we were off to Chile and the beaches of Pichilemu. The beach with the longest left hand break in south america, or something like that...basically it had really good surf and perfect for a pro´s like Em and myself!!!! After crossing the border and collecting a connecting bus from Santiago, we headed south. We arrived at the small seaside resort of Pichilemu. We had already booked accomadation with Laguna Cabins and for some reason only known to myself (Rob) I had assumed that they were by the sea! We arrived in the dark and although you couldnt see the sea you could hear the rumble and crashing of the waves on the shore, it sounded awsome! Ok so we werent on the sea but we were only 5mins walk away. The cabins were owned and run by a great family with Eduardo the father in charge, they made us feel really welcome throughout our stay.
They offered to give us lifts down to the beach to surf as his two daughters went everyday at 10am and 4pm! The first day we didnt quite make it but checked out the town, which to be honest was like a mini version of Western-Super-Mare with loads of arcades and not much else. But we were here for the beach so we got some supplies and headed back to the cabin. That afternoon we rented bikes and headed along the coast to the beach of Punta de Lobos, where all the surf action takes place! Wow the waves were huge!
The following day we headed for the surf, slightly apprehensive about the size of the waves!! We rented our wetsuits and surfboards and were ready for some action. Now the guy who rented us the gear had warned us that the rip current was very strong, and that conditions were not great for learning...but we headed out anyway. We lasted about 1hr, spending most of our time battling against the current but it was great to get wet and catch a few waves! We went again a couple of days later when conditions were better and caught a few more waves! It really is an amazing place for surf!
The following day we rented a car and headed into the mountains, as Emily and I tend do on our road trips we managed to end up on some very dodgy tracks and this bridge in particular!!
Still our sporty little fiat made it across, thank god they are made of paper!
On our travels we visited a watermill in a town called Rodeo, and were shown around by a really great little kid!
We had never seen a mill work but were quite surprised by how effective it was! It was great to see all the inner workings, it could shurn out serious amounts of flour.
After the short tour we were asked if we wanted to try what was basically a wheat and water drink. As Ems two favourite pass times are drinking and eating bread she jumped at the chance.....it was turned out to be really nice, tasted like sugar puffs!!
After that we drove to various other places along the coast and a nice picnic. That evening the car came in use as Emily not to be out done by Rob by going to a South American hospital, developed some really bad stomach pains which would not go away! So Eduardo (slightly drunk) and his daughter very kindly accompanied us to the local hospital and acted as our translaters! Emily was put on a drip for an hour, and no matter how hard I tried I was not allowed to see her - in Chile it is against the law to be in A&E unless you are the patient! Eduardo imformed us that she had a dose of ´Chilititus´, which quite a few people get when they arrive, something to do with the oil! The next day she was feeling better so all was good.
After a few more days we were ready to head of to our final destination in South America, Santiago!