El Vino, Horses and 2° separation to Arms Dealer
Trip Start Nov 17, 2012
36Trip End Jun 12, 2013
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Where I stayed
Ian Garrett's Apartment
We arrived into the sleepy little town with only two main streets and met up with Ian, our temporary landlord, who showed us our apartment and also introduced us to his young family.
The following day we took Ian up on his offer to go horse riding through his family property just outside Santa Cruz. We got geared up and rode for about an hour or so to an amazing view across the Colchagua Valley (one of Chiles main wine regions) and the town of Santa Cruz
In the afternoon we visited the local museum which turns out to be the largest private collection in South America. The museum was super impressive and is owned by former arms dealer Carlos Cardoen - a family friend of Ian's but from all reports a great guy, very articulate with a pHD (whether he is a criminal depends on if you believe the US or South American side of the story)...!
On our last day in Santa Cruz we visited a few of the wineries which were spectacular with tasty wine including Camenere - a grape now unique to South America. We also had a great chat to a few people in the wineries particularly at Mont Gras. After a few too many el vino tintos it was back to town to pack up and head off to Pucon.
As a side note it turns out that Whitney Houston has a way of connecting with 47 year old taxi drivers in rural Chile - like it or not that was the soundtrack we got to our trip through the wineries...