Some 50km southwest of Santiago, the dusty, quaint village of POMAIRE was one of the pueblos de indios created by the Spanish in the eighteenth century in an attempt to control the native population. Its inhabitants quickly developed a reputation for their pottery and the village consists of one long street packed with dozens of workshops selling a vast range of pots, bowls and kitchenware. Pomaire also has several good, traditional restaurants, some of them specializing in giant 1.5kg empanadas.

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