Another question out of curiosity. Do the Locals not think very much of Pomaire? I never hear it recommended as a day trip. Unless things have changed, the ride there was wonderful. We went through some neat little towns, saw some beautiful countryside and had a fabulous lunch there. Of course, we had the huge Empanada they are known for and a wonderful Pastel de Choclo. Ok, granted, the town is not huge, but was very cool. Especially seeing all the Haas groves up on the hills.
Another nice ride we took, was to Zapallar with a stop at Chiringuito's. It was a wonderful setting for lunch and the ride once you hit the coast was absolutely beautiful. Just something else to throw out there.