A Night of Wine and Witches

Last week, just after we arrived in Lima, Julio took us on a trip to Ica along with his friends Sal and Jill. Ica is about five hours by bus south along the coast from Lima, and it is next to the beautiful oasis of Huacachina where we went sandboarding on the huge desert dunes. It is also a grape-growing region with many bodegas that produce sweet wines and the famous Peruvian pisco. The nearby village of Cachiche is famous for its history of witchcraft. [Continue reading…]

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In the Land of Grapes and Witches

When I decided to make the 5 hour bus ride to Ica for the second time this summer I expected to soak up the hot sun of the Huacachina oasis, take a refreshing dip in our flower-trimmed exotic pool after which I would then make my way through the lime green vineyards of the Tacama estate while sipping on a nice semi-seco vino tinto. No where in that itinerary did I expect to add visiting a witch town in the middle of no where. [Continue reading…]

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In Ica: A Wine Comeback

A new verse was added to my Peruvian adventure in Ica — a coastal desert town located 195 miles south of Lima and flanked by jutting Andes and miles of mountain-like sand dunes. Although the Ica Valley is widely known for its selection of bodegas and wine vineyards, Peru as a whole has yet to make it on the international viniculture stage. But that’s slowly changing. Since the political chaos of the 1980s, Peru has amped up its dedication to wine making, giving it the opportunity to make a run for best South American wine exporter. However, most people argue that Peruvian wine is just not that good — Maybe a tour of some of Ica’s bodegas will change your mind. [Continue reading…]

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