Drinking in the Desert

Thank you Nick Biller for titling this post 🙂

The area surrounding Ica (the big city) and Huacachina (the mini oasis clustered around a green lagoon) is known for its Pisco bodegas.

As Peru is known for its national alcohol (pisco) and national drink (pisco sour), visiting this region is a li’l like being in the heart, or at least the liver of the country.

Pisco is a strong (about 45% alcohol content), distilled, grape brandy that has been made in Peru since the 1500’s- when the Spanish settlers made it in an attempt to get drunk more cheaply than they could on imported Spanish Brandy.

Good job “the Spanish” Pisco still works and is still cheap.


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I think of California as officially "home" but can usually be found a lot closer to the equatorial belt. After finishing a Masters program in 2011 I found myself trying to decide between a couple of different high-powered career options. I decided I wasn't quite ready to "grow up" and went with an entirely different plan which involved selling off everything I owned with my partner Tom and buying a one-way ticket to Colombia. Our plan was to travel "Till The Money Ran Out" and then go home to start our grown-up lives. Instead, we started our own app development company on the road and have been criss-crossing the globe, traveling, working, eating spicy food and refusing to "grow up" ever since. You can find me on Twitter, , Facebook or send me a message using our About Us page.

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  1. Rebeca says:

    Whats up, guys!! So excited to read these great posts, and so glad I had no idea you were going on a buggy ride until you were safely done! I did that with Luis in Brazil- totally crazy. It looks amazing in Ica.

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