Having survived the earthquake and located a car rental place we hit the road heading south to Santa Cruz. Oh, but before we left the car-park we had to battle the GPS which did not want to stay in the English option. Once we had English locked in we chose the Australian Lee to guide us. Lee might’ve had a few too many Fosters though as he was not always very accurate. .
Santa Cruz is about 5 hours drive away so we aimed to arrive there in time for lunch at a vineyard. The manservant rented a “city elite” car – ‘elite’ denoting that it was the larger model but it was *very* small; scary-small for the open road. The motor sounded like a lawn mower and was obviously not much bigger as it could barely propel us forward *and* operate the air-conditioning at the same time! Only my smallish suitcase fitted in the boot while the manservant’s army duffle bag and our backpacks were squashed onto the back seat. Rather than complain (ha ha) I spent my time photographing the passing scenery.
We went to a really impressive museum in Santa Cruz, called the Museo Colchagua it was the most expensive place we visited during our time in Chile. It was inaugurated October 20th 1995 by the Cardoen Foundation and covers prehistoric times to late 20th century extensively and then major events since 2000. There were displays of pre-Colombian pottery & jewelery, a display about the trapped Chilean miners & their rescue (2010), some Nazi memorabila, automobiles & carriages. The only photo I have of the museum is from the back after we exited through the purple gift shop. The admission ticket covers a 24-hour period and we intended to go back as the museum would really take about 3 hours to fully appreciate and we’d only spent a little over an hour there. Unfortunately the timing did not work out for us to have a 2nd visit. But for now, it was time to get back in the midget car and find a vineyard for what was going to be a very late lunch.