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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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  • Nice market in and around the market Hall. Meat Department with the strangest things, such as donkey heads, pig heads etc. Fruit, vegetable but also a lot of souvenirs. Cozy to go, within walking distance of the Plaza des Armas.Je can also of all food and drinks.
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  • Buzzing hive of activity and facilities, it is a place to visit. Very good food for cheap (menu 5 soles with soup and flat). Of course, standards of hygiene are not all met, but why not try the lomo food or the trucha frita, you will be far from disappointed! There are also traditional clothing, fruits, vegetables, tea...
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  • Authentic place, full of life, of characters. Great to buy all, rule of thumb is to negotiate. If lunch for five soles, as Peruvians if you want and nothing to complain about the flavor. Great prices on clothing and typical products. Fully immersive environment. Another world!!
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  • Its a crazy, but quite normal for peru style market. Only difference is that it is far more geared for tourists. Good place to go for a quick cheap meal though
  • A fun spot to wander around and see how the locals shop. Get a fresh fruit juice!
  • Amazing things to see. Good prices. Great for gifts and to see some culture.
  • Expansive market. It has pretty much everything the street vendors are selling, and some of the shops, usually at a lower price.
  • Nice little market with a lot of stuff to buy. Also a little food place where you can eat really nice food for a cheap price.

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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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