Local legend has it that LOS VILOS, 30km north of Pichidangui, takes its name from the Hispanic corruption of “Lord Willow”, a British pirate who was shipwrecked on the coast and decided to stay. The town later became notorious for highway robberies. Today it is a great place to spend a couple of days by the sea without paying over the odds. However, it gets incredibly packed in January and February. The town’s chief attraction is its long golden beach, but there’s also a fish market and Isla de los Lobos, a seal colony 5km south of the bay.

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