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It's Summer Somewhere: Lunahuana, Peru
The area around Lima, Peru is just hitting its peak summer season now. But don't get overwhelmed by the bustle of the city. Get to some of the amazing towns further afield, like Lunahuana, south of Lima.
February brings the laid-back festival of grapes and wine, where the local harvest is celebrated extensively. Lunahuana makes some of the best pisco around and is a pretty peaceful agricultural town--but there's a nice dash of adventure sports to keep things interesting. The Cañete River makes a great spot for kayaking, fishing, hunting and hiking.
Since the snow is melting in the Andes, river rafting is a big draw this time of year. Ask around for local tour operators or go with Rio Cañete Expediciones, Lonely Planet's favorite outfitter.
[Photo: Rio Cañete Expediciones]