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8. Ica Valley, Peru: Pisco
Peru has long been known as an adventure-travel playground. Part of that adventure used to be choking back antiseptic-tasting pisco, a grape-derived spirit. No longer. "The pisco quality [in Peru] and the Ica Valley region have changed much in the last 15 years," says Diego Loret de Mola, owner of BarSol Pisco in Stamford, Connecticut. He leads pisco-tasting trips to Peru and raves about the tours at Viña Tacama, one of the oldest estates still producing wines and piscos in the Americas. He also recommends La Caravedo, home of Peru's first organic pisco; Bodegas San Isidro; and Bodegas Vista Alegre. The Ica Region, which includes the town of Pisco, sits at the confluence of powder-dry air from the Atacama Desert and moist, cool Pacific breezes. Other nearby attractions include the hauntingly stark coastline of the Paracas National Reserve and the Huacachina Oasis, a small inland lake encircled by immense sand dunes.
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