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Mercado Central de San Pedro, Cusco

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Get a taste of local culture at Mercado Central de San Pedro, where you can roam the stalls with freshly squeezed juices, San Pedro cacti, seafood, black corn, pig heads, and dried Llama fetuses, an offering to the Earth Goddess. See women in bright colored skirts and ponchos rolling wheelbarrows of tuna or carrying babies on their backs. Get up early and have a typical Cusquena breakfast, a portion of beef with potatoes and rice, at the cafeteria with rows of benches and huge pots and pans. Check out textiles woven by hand and colored with natural dyes, and try on hats made from alpaca wool. This giant warehouse, a short walk from the main plaza, stretches all the way towards the railway tracks. For Mercado Central de San Pedro and beyond, use our Cusco vacation planner to get the most from your Cusco vacation.
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  • We son and I had a great time exploring the San Pedro Market. It was an excellent balance of local provisions and tourist fun. Most of the merchants offered samples of their products and we bought qui...  more »
  • The market includes food, bags, backpacks and trinkets. The prices are really low, though you can definitely negotiate. There isn't much variety in terms of merchandise, but you'll definitely find som...  more »
  • The central market of each city is a stroll through the local culture and customs. The San Pedro is a must-visit great option also to buy souvenirs of trip.
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  • Delightful local market a couple of blocks from the Plaza in Cusco. This is where locals go to shop pretty much for everything! Fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, clothing, etc. We enjoyed wandering around the market and recommend it for a nice hour or so in Cusco. Great fun
  • Cheap prices, great atmosphere. This is where you can get Coca leaves, llca, and bicarbonate to try while in Peru. Coca candy is Aldi sold here which is recommended if you'll be doing the salkantay trek. Don't love the taste personally but it did wonders for my altitude headaches.
  • If you are a traveler you must stop here. You can buy any part of any animal here. You can also buy things like a serum that is poured out of a bottle of dead snakes and herbs that helps with blood diseases... Well that what they said. Can't forget about the frog shakes. I seriously enjoyed going there. Best place to bring a kid to give him culture shock.
  • Proper market: one stop shopping for bull-head, frogs legs, mummified llama babies, ponchos, eggs, spices, cheese, chef's coats, flowers, coca and such. If you want something similar but more 'rustic' (intense) try the market Ttio. Also- make sure you wander around the Pedro market- there's a lot going on in a small area- prices on almost everything are lower in the street market- not that San Pedro is very expensive.
  • This market has great character for a lovely city like Cusco. Once you enter, you are offered multiple menus of different fresh fruit juices. The market sells all the usual turistic stuff you find all around Cusco + their local foods which some might find a little disgusting