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From the Cutting Room Floor: The Hunt for the One True Pisco

The view from Restaurant César in Zapallar, Chile.

Photographer João Canziani documented Tom Downey’s boozy attempt to determine which country can claim pisco as its own: Chile or Peru. Who’s right? Find out here.

CHILE

The cellar at Destilería Fundo Los Nichos in Chile.

The cellar at Destilería Fundo Los Nichos in Chile.

Bar Cinzano in Valparaiso, Chile has been serving pisco sours since 1896.

“Though just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Santiago, Valparaiso is foggy and forgotten, a place to seek out when you want to escape the world as you know it.” – Tom Downey. The place to do just that? Bar Cinzano, pictured.

Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile

Plaza de Armas, the heart of Santiago.

Cafe Haiti in Santiago, Chile.

Cafe Haiti in Santiago, a more tame version of Chile’s “coffee with legs” trend.

Ciro's in Santiago, Chile

Hunker down for pisco sours and hearty Chilean food at Ciro’s in Santiago.

Looking for more? Check out AFAR’s guide to Santiago.

PERU

To make its pisco, Barsol in Ica, Peru has used the same pot distillation -- using a copper still -- since the 1500s.

To make its pisco, Barsol in Ica, Peru uses a pot distillation — using a copper still — that dates back to the 1500s.

The Mercado de Pescadores de Chorrillos in Lima, Peru

Head to the Mercado de Pescadores de Chorrillos in Lima for the national dish:
Ceviche made from fish marinated in lime juice and seasoned with onions and garlic.

Gran Chifa Chun Yion, Barranco in Lima, Peru

Chifa Chung Yion — a Chinese restaurant in Lima — is a Peruvian favorite. Go for the won ton soup.

Jorga Lomas Tanchiva, Gran Chifa Chun Yion, Barranco in Lima, Peru

Jorga Lomas Tanchiva, a server at Chifa Chung Yion.

Lunch at Tres Generaciones in Ica, Peru

Lunch at Tres Generaciones, a craft winery and distillery in Ica, Peru.

Huacachina Oasis in Ica, Peru

Huacachina Oasis, a natural oasis in Ica, Peru.

Where to eat, drink, and play in Lima.