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The approach to TEQUILA is through great fields of spiky cactus-like blue agave. It's from these rugged plants that the quintessentially Mexican liquor is produced in vast quantities at local distilleries. They've made tequila (see "Making tequila") here since the sixteenth century, with the indígenas fermenting its precursor for at least 1500 years before that. It is this long and well-preserved legacy that earned Tequila and its surroundings UNESCO World Heritage status in 2006. The town itself is a pretty enough little place, though its fine church and smattering of …
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