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Saturday 10th August

sunny 25 °C

Saturday 10th August

Today we actually took it fairly easy. We took a taxi to the pisco vineyards just outside Ica. The first vineyard, el Catador, is a small old fashioned vineyard which continues to use more traditional methods to produce the famous Peruvian drink. Although made with grapes, pisco is more of a spirit and is 44% alcohol.

We were given a private tour by a local who told us all about the pisco and how they make it in their vineyard. His English was really good, and he seemed to like being able to ask us things to help improve his English, which I think is great. We also spent about 5 minutes talking in Spanish which was brilliant and I reckon Chris enjoyed the quiet time to his own thoughts while we discussed the differences between Castellano (Spanish spoken in Spain) and South American Spanish.

After the tour, we were given about 5 samples of pisco to try. I said that I thought one was fruitier than the other and the man liked the word fruitier so much that he had me translate it into Spanish for him as an example and write it down for him. He says he's going to use that.

We headed off to the next vineyard Tacama, which is an industrial vineyard. Here we were taken on a tour which turned out to be completely in Spanish. (More daydreaming time for Chris.) After this tour, we were given a few wines to taste and another shot of pisco. There was also a dance display with a woman and a horse. The horse was actually dancing! It was so cute. I've got a video on my camera, which I'll try to upload to Facebook.

In the afternoon we booked our bus on Monday to the Nasca lines for the day and the night bus to Arequipa. Tomorrow We are spending the day at Huacachina and will spend the night in a 3 star(!!) hotel.

On a general note about our travels, today we had some washing hanging up to dry in our room, and the lovely lady who owns the hotel took it outside to dry it for us while we were out. Better still, Chris has reduced the amount of washing I will need to do in the future by losing his fleece (which a bird pooped on yesterday). This is why he's not allowed the passports....

Posted by Roaming Rolts 15:42 Archived in Peru

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