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Matanzas, Chile

Matanzas, Chile
Region: South America
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Officially named the Republic of Chile or República de Chile for our Spanish-speaking readers, Chile is a long, narrow strip of land in South America, on the Pacific Ocean coast. With a Pacific coastline of more than 6,400 kilometers (about 4,000 miles), you can safely say Chile has a lot of beaches. It does after all take up pretty much all of South America’s western coast.

Why would you want to go to Chile? Why simply because it is a tourism destination that has a lot to offer. In Chile you can find anything from a desert in the north, to an alpine tundra and glaciers to the east and south east. According to the latest statistics we could get our hands on, Chile is such a popular destination that more than 2 million tourists visit Chile every year. Some of these tourists are passionate windsurfers who are looking to have a bit of fun on the water.

One great windsurfing location in Chile tourists go to is Matanzas. As a tourist looking for a great windsurfing location, here is what you need to know about this destination:

Wind
The best months of the year to go to Matanzas for wind are September, October, November, and December. Alternative pressure over the coastal and inland regions generates the wind. And to be more precise, the wind is generated by the high pressure on the coast and the low pressure inland.

The wind is rideable at about 1PM, which means you don’t have to wake up early in the morning to have some windsurfing fun. If you’re worried 1PM is too late in the day and you won’t have enough time to enjoy yourself, you need not be. You have until about 8PM, when the wind starts to die down, and until about 9PM, when the sun sets, to have a great windsurfing session.

Water
The best months of the year to go to Chile for swell are October, November, December, and March. The water can get pretty cold during these months, so it is best to get a winter wetsuit and protect yourself from hypothermia. You can leave your gloves and boots behind though as the water doesn’t get any colder than the water in the south of England in early November.

The water state varies according to what windsurfing spot you choose.

A word of warning: watch out for sea lions.
 
Spots
Here are some windsurfing spots you could check out: Square Rock, La Boca, Matanzas bay, Pupuya, Topocalma, Pichilemu.

Other useful information
Unless you’re already in South America, Chile is very far away. Expect to spend a lot of time on an airplane if you plan on going to Chile.

You will not find any windsurfing centers; there’s a small windsurfing shop at the Olas de Matanzas camp site, but it doesn’t have a lot of equipment to offer. And speaking of Olas de Matanzas, this is a good place to stay (it’s not like you have many other options anyway). You can stay in one of the log cabins at Olas de Matanzas, cabins that come complete with decking, barbecues and log fires.

Food in Matanzas is pretty cheap. You can buy food and cook it yourself, or you can eat out – both options are pretty cheap. If you decide to stay in and cook your own food, make sure to preorder bread at the shop. If you don’t preorder the day before, chances are you will not find any bread because they sold it all.

Here are some other things you can do in Matanzas: surfing, white water rafting, shopping, wine tasting.

Few people in Matanzas speak English, so brush up on your Spanish before you go. Take a Spanish phrase book with you as well.


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