Santa Cruz Wine Train
If you're in San Fernando and seeking a ride to Santa Cruz, the languid Santa Cruz Wine Train (tel. 2/470-7403; www.trendelvino.cl) may be rather pedestrian for some tastes, but hopping on board this 1913 coal-fired steam engine locomotive certainly beats taking a bus. An attraction not unlike the Napa Valley Wine Train, it's altogether touristy and very expensive compared to independent touring. Once aboard, there is a tasting of five lowly varietal wines, so pay a little extra for their tasting of gran reserva wines. There is also a folkloric dance show. There are several tour options to choose from. The basic, full-day tour departs from Santiago at 8:15am on Saturdays only and includes round-trip bus transportation to San Fernando, the wine train, lunch, a visit to the Colchagua museum, and the Santa Cruz winery. It's a heck of a lot of antiquity/museums/artifacts/history for 1 day, and you'll need to plan to spend the majority of your day aboard moving vehicles of one kind or another. It costs $108 (£72).
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