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Museum in Santa Cruz

Museo de Colchagua

Exhibiting the impressive private collection of controversial entrepreneur and alleged arms dealer Carlos Cardoen, this is the largest private museum in Chile. The collection includes pre-Columbian anthropomorphic c…
Italian in Santa Cruz

Vino Bello

It's just 1km out of town, but this warm Italian restaurant really makes you feel like you're in the heart of wine country – especially when you're sipping a glass of Carmenere on the gorgeous patio at sunset or din…
International in Santa Cruz

Viña La Posada

About 10 blocks west of the Plaza de Armas, this colonial-style winery has an excellent grouping of international restaurants. La Casita de Barreales features traditional Peruvian fare, while Tatos gives Peruvian cu…
Wine in Santa Cruz

Vinonauta

This intimate shop sells hard-to-find garage wines and top-quality bottles from small Chilean producers. The English-speaking owner can organize thematic tastings by reservation, but there's always a bottle open to …
Italian in Santa Cruz

179 Pizzeria Bar

Excellent pizzas and pastas, plus wines by the glass, bring in a small lunch crowd to this stylish space near Plaza de Armas. At night, the bar comes alive with glowing blue lights, DJ lineups and creative, potent c…
Wine in Santa Cruz

Fiesta de la Vendimia de Colchagua

Santa Cruz celebrates the grape harvest each March with this lively festival. Local wineries set up stands in the Plaza de Armas, a harvest queen is crowned, and there is singing and folk dancing all round.
Arts & Crafts in Santa Cruz

Eco Bazar

Quality ceramics, jewelry, textiles, children's toys and home goods from local designers at affordable prices.