Foot-powered potters’ wheels and wood-heated kilns are still the rule, but electrical equipment is supplanting some of the traditional technology. Before attempting to haul any of this fragile material home, get it well and tightly packed.
Pomaire is busiest on weekends, when excursionists from Santiago crowd the streets and fill good but unpretentious eateries. Traditional hearty Chilean dishes such as pastel de choclo (meat-filled casserole with a crust of sweet corn) are the standard—no Santiago pseudo-sophisticates here.
From Santiago’s Terminal San Borja (San Borja 184), Buses Melipilla (tel. 02/7763881) has frequent bus service to Pomaire, continuing to Melipilla.
Excerpted from the Fourth Edition of Moon Chile.