Wild On Route
Santiago – Pichilemu (206 kms.)
We started from Santiago on route 5 south, but we buy our supplies at Rancagua, because it´s smaller than Santiago and the supermarket less crowded. After shopping, we took route 5 south again, and at San Fernando we exit on the way to Santa Cruz and went straight to Marchihue and Pichilemu. All paved road.
Pichilemu has always been a very nice and sometimes quiet town, but after the earthquake and the later tsunami, the city is clearly not the same, still showing some scars from those events. Despite that, Pichilemu did not lose its charm and aura that captivated travelers.
Many people agree that Pichilemu it´s the ideal place to learn practice or master your surfing skills. It´s one of the favorites places of national surfers. We stayed for 2 days in Pichilemu, a good option is to go to camping “Laguna del Perro” ( $ 3.000 CLP p/p) on the way to Cehuil, that’s 8km from Pichilemu, or just stay for free at Punta de Lobos. The best beaches to surf here are: La Puntilla, El Infiernillo and Punta de Lobos. To spend the night with the perfect ocean view we recommend you to park at a scenic viewpoint in Punta de Lobos.
The wicked team just loves wines, so on the way back to Santiago we decided to make a detour to Santa Cruz vineyard. Then back to San Fernando to take route 5 again to Rancagua. Our idea was to change the ocean for the forest and mountains of Rio Cipreses.
In Rancagua we took Highway President Eduardo Frei, or also called “Copper Road”, to the east. In 50 km you will reach the mining town of Coya, continue until you reach a crossroads, take the path pointed to the reserve, and 15 km away you will reach the goal. We found 2 camping in Rio Cipreses: Ranchillo and Tricagues, $3500 CLP p/p.