While the history of Pisco (a distilled wine) goes as far back in Chile as it does in Peru (the Jesuits had vineyards in the 1500s), it is in Peru that the characteristics of Pisco have been perfected. These photos say something about that story. Not for reasons of technicality (and there are many) but for reasons of character. We visited this tiny place on our way to the hot springs at Caliente (a community so small my maps app can’t find it). The woman who runs this operation has more than a dozen awards for her product. There is always passion behind any quality agriculture. But it struck us that here was affection: for the land, for the grapes, for her workers and, even, for us. We were sent off with a gift of several pounds of grapes, sweet like muscats, at their peak of ripeness.


Sunny Rancagua

Season’s greetings

New Years Eve, 2012

En route to Talca

New home

The ocean

Our first empanadas

Ellas & Ellos


Lucretia et al.

Lolol, 6:00 pm

Houses, post earthquake

Señor Cyclist

Functional and directional chaos

Chez casa rodante

Lapostolle winery

Off-roading with the casa rodante

Favourite spot

Viu Manent


Summer church

Little wool shop

Juan y Medio

Beach talk

A fence and the ocean

We love things that start with S

Airing our laundry in public

The quake

What a night

Ovalle arts festival

The next stage

Commune with nature

A writer’s haven

Shopping trip


Thrashing grain, 2013

Invited for asado (barbecue)


Visiting the alpacas

Un-ending adventure

One-day wonder

We will leave this valley Wednesday


Brown toes

View from my desk

He’s done!


Questionable sanity, unquestionable heroics

Fish market

Good Friday, pt. l

Good Friday, pt. ll

Good Friday, pt. lll


Aguas Calientes

Hikes around the Aguas


Exploring Arequipa

Santa Catalina


Final post