The 120-kilometre-long valley of the Río Tinguiririca is known locally as the Colchagua Valley after the province through which it runs. This is serious fruit-production territory, as signalled by the numerous fruit stalls and large Del Monte factories lining the highway on the approach to San Fernando. Forty-one kilometres west is Santa Cruz, a starting point for visiting various vineyards. Still further east, high in the cordillera, the Termas del Flaco is an inexpensive option for soaking in hot springs. Around San Fernando, the Ruta del Vino del Valle de Colchagua takes in a trail of local vineyards as well as the world-class Museo de Colchagua, with historical regional and international artefacts, while if you continue to the coast, you’ll get to the hip, budget seaside town of Pichilemu, popular with surfers.

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