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Mercado Central de San Pedro, Cusco

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Flea Market
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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TripAdvisor
  • After reading all the reviews about this market, we came here seeking the legendary chicken soup (sopa de gallina) and the picarones (Peruvian doughnuts). Sadly, I failed to find either. What saved th...  more »
  • This is a must do while in Cusco. You must come strolling through here and have a fruit juice, haggle prices over quinoa, eat the sopa de pollo for lunch and move from stall to stall to see the differ...  more »
  • I cook, it is a hobby and a passion, and so toodling around this market was so much fun for me. It is within walking distance to the areas most tourists stay in Cusco. It is a covered market (meaning ...  more »
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  • Must visit. Oddly they think shouting and aggressively soliciting tourists will get them to visit their stands but it's a unique and delicious experience nonetheless. Always ask the price before ordering because some will upcharge without providing extra.
  • Expansive market. It has pretty much everything the street vendors are selling, and some of the shops, usually at a lower price.
  • Great place to find souvenirs, grocery shop, and even grab a bite to eat or drink. Definitely a must see in Cusco.
  • Awesome experience, ate food near the back on a bench. Great selection of anything you can imagine.
  • This place is amazing! Every kind of spice, meat, fish fresh. Curios and handcrafted items. A lot of botanicals selling herbs, San Pedro and devotional supplies.