The Colchagua Valley region was inhabited by picunches indigenous inhabitants of the Chilean chincha culture that were engaged in agriculture, silver smithing and pottery. Their tribe were more advanced than the Mapuche people who had been displaced by the latter north of the Itata River and Toltén south river. Particularly the indigenous populations of the area south of Tinguririca were known as promaucaes, something more influenced by the warrior Mapuche culture.
Santa Cruz is a well-preserved colonial town dating back to the nineteenth century which makes it one of the desired destinations in the O’Higgins region. The tourist attractions that stand out in the city are the Plaza de Armas (town square), our church, the Hotel Santa Cruz and the Carillon Clock, which was ordered to be built by mayor Carlos Cardoen Decoene in 1970 and is currently used as an interactive tourist information center. Another attraction, The Museum of Colchagua has been recognized as one of the best private museums in Latin America and the Casino Enjoy is right next door to the museum.
Also, Colchagua Valley is one of the best regions in Chile for premier red wines.
Apalta is located only 15 minutes by car from our establishment and it is the coveted piece of land located in the Colchagua Valley known for producing the best red wines in Chile. It is one of those places like few otherswhere visitors will find tranquility, pure and warm air, a beautiful landscape surrounded by vineyards… and loving people.
Apalta is a rural sector belonging to the sixth region, located 10 kilometers from the city of Santa Cruz and is flanked by the Tinguiririca River and the hills of Rucatalka. It is a small area of two thousand inhabitants, divided into four sectors from the road to the hills : El Condor, Millahue , San Jose and Viña Apalta.
La Lajuela is a small town very close to Santa Cruz, 8 km. south of the city. It is characterized by the production of chupallas, straw cowboy hats and other articles made of teatina and vegetable fiber whichonce cut and selected, must be dried and woven by hand.
Island Yaquil was established in 1830 by the Parish Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it is the oldest vineyard in the Colchagua Valley.
The city of Santa Cruz has a Mediterranean climate, sunny and warm in summer and cold in the winter with lots of rainfall. The Tinguiririca river runs from the Andes all year and supplies water to the valley and vineyards. This river crosses the north of the city and it flows into Lake Rapel.
The constant water flow has allowed Santa Cruz to establish itself as an important agricultural center, which has excelled in the production of fruits and vines.