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Pomaire is a breezy, Old-World town located 50km southwest of Santiago which was originally created in the 18th century by the Spanish in an attempt to control the native population. The village is known primarily for its skilled potters, and the majority of Pomaire’s modern inhabitants devote themselves to perfecting this craft. The town has one long street lined with the shops of local craftsmen selling their handiworks. Bowls, pots and other Chilean kitchenware are molded from brown and white clay in front of the eyes of curious pedestrians. Potters take Mondays off, so do not expect to see much action in the town on those days. Although cuisine takes a backseat to pottery, the restaurants do serve some of the best traditional food in Chile. La Greda (Manuel Rodriguez 251) offers good food off the grill for approximately $5.


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From Santiago, hop on a bus to Melipilla (leaving every 15 minutes) at the Terminal San Borja, located behind Estación Central. Ask the driver to be dropped off at Pomaire and you will be dropped along the highway where it is a half-hour walk to the village or a easy ride on one of the colectivos that head toward the center. Head back toward the highway to catch a bus back to the capital.


23 Apr 2009

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