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Published: March 30th 2015
The first of many!
Unfortunately we had to change our plans slightly at this point. We were planning on going into the Chilean lake district of Pucon, however, the day before we were due to depart we discovered the area had been closed to travellers because of a potential volcano eruption. This proved accruate as it erupted the following day, thankfully no one was seriously hurt.
Next stop Santiago then via a 16 hour bus trip. We spent a couple of days there but it didn't really feel like our kind of place and we quickly moved on, after all the grapes are ready to be picked!
A relatively quick 2 hour bus trip down to Santa Cruz brought us into the heart of the Chilean wine region and just in time for their annual harvest festival. This was a definite highlight of our trip. The small town of Santa Cruz shut down and celebrated the picking of the grapes. There were very few tourists which made the next 3 days all the more special as we felt we experienced and partook in an authentic Chilean celebration. The town park was tranformed into a wine tasting centre with local wineries setting up booths
and many people enjoying glasses of vino in the grass and warm sunshine. There was plenty of live music for all ages, accompanied by various food stands throughout the town that had been closed to traffic. As the days festivities came to a close we made our way to the football grounds to enjoy a concert and impressive firework display.
We had so much fun, the locals were welcoming and ever so friendly. It seemed like the entire town was there, enjoying wine, food, music, sun and each other.
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