Papudo, with a population of 2,987, is a seaside resort with a long tradition that lies by a bay open to the North and protected by steep hills that are a natural barrier to the south wind.The name of Papudo comes from an old owner of these lands, the rich man “Carande or Cara Grande” (large face) that, since he had a double chin, was called by the Spaniards “El Papudo.” This nickname became famous and all of the domains of the Cacique Carande were known as Papudo. In 1599, the bay became part of the big Pullalli ranch -close to La Ligua- and a port of embarking for its products.
Papudo counts with a beach with calm waters, which is one of the best around the area for practicing nautical sports, and at the river bank. Next to the beach you will see the Oceanside road (Costanera), the main pedestrian walk that concentrates the activity of Papudo. Around it there are many restaurants and soda fountains, games for children and a yacht club, founded in 1956, where diverse championships are held.
There are also discotheques in Papudo that are the center of the night life in the area. Its urban facilities are very complete, offering medical, legal and mechanical services.
The founder of the seaside resort was Fernando Irarrázabal, owner of the Pullalli ranch, who in 1897 designed a small town, sold lands and built a “bungalow.” In 1910 the railroad lines and a steel dock were built, and these transformed Papudo into the most accessible seaside resort-port in the coast, along with Viña del Mar. In 1917 the society “Seaside resort of Papudo” was organized, which developed a modern resort and designed the actual town.
After successive earthquakes, there is still remaining today the Recart Bungalow (Chalet Recart), the Rawlins House (Casa Rawlins) and the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes Church (Iglesia Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes), declared a national monument, with a Spanish style. Masses are held in January and February from Monday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am and 9:30 pm. The rest of the year on Saturday at 7 pm. Masses are held at the San Pedro Pescador Parochial Center (Centro Parroquial San Pedro Pescador), in January and February, on Sunday at 12 pm and 8 pm; the rest of the year on Friday at 7 pm, there’s a mass and adoration to the Most Holy Sacrament; on Sunday at 12 pm and 7 pm.
The Grande Beach (Playa Grande) it’s situated to the north of the Papudo resort. Its ocean has few waves and there are dunes behind the beach. Is calm, solitary and it’s protected from the wind in its north end. There is the Punta Pullay Complex (Complejo Punta Pullay), a select and modern resort. The access by car it’s done through the road that comes out from Papudo to the drinkable water plant.
From Papudo the area of Pullally can be visited, going 9.9 miles on the road to the North, where the Network of Pullally Rural Tourism (Red de Turismo Rural Pullally) has been organized, offering horse riding to the Las Tablas and Los Conchales Gore (Quebrada de Las Tablas y Los Conchales). Trips in pony and in boats around the lagoon, guided excursions to Pullally Park (Parque Pullally) and the nearby areas are offered. It also offers picnic areas, lodging and a plant nursery.
In this area you can also make a trip to the inland areas, which is easier to make from the Maitencillo, Cachagua, Zapallar and Papudo resorts.
The visit to the Aguas Claras Gore (Quebrada Aguas Claras) is a trip by car or on foot to a typical gore of this coast, with lush vegetation with ancient “bellotos” (Beilschmiedia miersii). It’s a stretch of 4.3 miles from Zapallar. It’s an ideal trip during Spring or Summer.
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