View of the laguna and tourist boats on summer day in Cahuil, Pichilemu, Chile.

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Top choice in Middle Chile

This little village has good ocean views and a few restaurants and cabins. Head to the bridge for a 30-minute boat tour of the Laguna de Cahuil (CH$5000 per boat with up to five people), and to purchase local ceramics. Further inland, follow the Ruta de la Sal, a scenic drive past salt farms and tidelands teeming with waterfowl.

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