translates as "fire water" - it's the traditional alcohol brewed in
Ecuador. It is made from sugar cane, which is crushed, distilled and
fermented to produce alcohol with a grade ranging from 50 to 80%. In
the countryside of Bolivar Province, a litre bottle of aguardiente
sells for anything between 30 cents and $1.50. There is a small
distillation plant (pictured above) in Piedra Blanca - if the season is
right, you can witness the entire brewing process. Treks along the "alcohol contraband route" can also be made.