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Punta De Lobos - Beach Pichilemu - Chile

On two rock towers just off cactus-studded Punta de Lobos, pelicans rest between fishing jaunts. The sea rises in high waves before foaming around the stone outcroppings. Atop the heights of the point, spectators watch surfers bobbing in the platinum-blue water, waiting to hang on one of the olas that are considered some of the world's best.

Punta de Lobos is considered an medium to advanced surfer's realm, and is known for its left-break point. The long waves can reach up to 11 meters (26 ft). Since the 1980s, international surfing competitions, like Quiksilver's Big Wave International, have been held here.


6 kilometers (3.6 mi) south of Pichilemu

Pichilemu, Chile

Beach Types:
Beach, Surfing, Fauna observation

Getting There

A colectivo costs $1.50 per person. Or you can reach Punta de Lobos by walking south along the beach.

Travel Tips:

Pichilemu is gaining popularity as a surfing hot spot among Chileans and foreigners alike both because of its own merits and because the February 27, 2010, earthquake destroyed infrastructure Cobquecura and other favorite spots south of Santiago. The sea lions for whom this point is named are seldom seen in warm weather and holidays seasons. But once the vacationers leave, the sea lions come to bask on the rocks below.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

You Need to Bring:

If you want to surf, a board and wetsuit (which can be rented in town). Spectators should bring a sweater or jacket. Bring snacks and drink, in case the small café just north of the point isn't open.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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