Quintay is a pretty small town south of Valparaiso and although not offering a lot, I would say it’s a pretty cool little place. We drove there so again not sure how easy it is to get to via bus but public transport in Chile really is pretty good and really reliable with buses coming frequently and often late into the night.

We turned up really late expecting to get a place to stay and everywhere was full. We found one cabanas place which had a room – la belle vue – for about $25,000 chilean pesos which got swiped from under our feet as we were discussing it by a family of 6 who were also pretty desperate for a room. So they really kindly offered to put us up in their house, shoving another bed in the room so we all had something to sleep on and saving us from a night spent in the car. We probably would have been fine had we not turned up at 11pm and quite honestly our hosts, two pretty funny older gentleman, were some of the best hosts I’ve ever come across and really made our stay a fun experience.

Although we only stayed one night – we got to see a few things I think I would definately go back for. There were some really cute looking restaurants at the bottom of the hill overlooking the sea and inside the town itself offers a variety of restaurants, not fancy but gets the job done.

We then drove down to La Playa Grande of Quintay which offers a small shop and a long stretch of sandy beach and a wave. Our friends were in a small local surf competition so we stayed to watch them get thrown about by the onshore waves in their first few heats before the wind swept us back into the car and heading home. The wave itself isn’t great but i’m judging that from one day. It has a little surf community there so when it’s good I can imagine its probably worth getting in for.

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