Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mercado San Pedro Cusco

San Pedro Market in Cusco, is located on the western side of the city, about  eight minutes’ walk from the Plaza de Armas., On the way to this place you will see lots of  street vendors and ladies in traditional clothing sitting on the sidewalks offering some nuts, popcorn and other small bags of dried foods. For a complete explanations join our Free Tours by Foot Cusco every day.
If you’re looking for a cotton sheep and wool sweaters, some freshly made juices, some plantains to fry or some gifts for your parents or friends back home you’re definitely on your way to the right place.

What should you expect?

Lovely Traditional Food such as Lomo saltado (stir fried beef), Arroz a la Cubana (steamed rice with some plantain, fried eggs, avocado and French fries), Bull Penis Soups, nice local flavored juices, see lots of handicraft staff and souvenirs and many women each fighting for you attention. We do advice to see taste some local fruits such as lucuma, granadilla,chirimoya (custard apple), some of them are flavored with Frogs.
Before you go:

It is open from 8am till 5pm approx.
Look after your electronic devices.
Bring Warm Clothing at all times.

Avoid Scams:

You’ll find hundreds of souvenirs here too. You can buy really good quality sweaters, cardigans, hats and scarves made from cotton, sheep and synthetic wool, shop around and get a good price. You’ll also get some fridge magnets key rings, lighters and novelty mementoes like bottle covers and mestiza dolls; all of which are decorated in beautiful color and some of them are handmade designs.  It’s a nice gesture to buy things in the market because you are supporting and encouraging local people to keep going forward and let them earn their money in DECENT way. Be aware although, some of these mamacha sellers see dollar and euro signs when they see GRINGOS (non Spanish speaking people, tall, white skins) coming. They can pull prices just out of their heads for things, you can always walk away from that shop and keep on asking next ones, you are never polite by doing that.

You can always have a guided walking tour with Free Tours  by Foot Cusco

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