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Mercado Central (Central Market), Lima

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Aisles of bustling customers, colorful kiosks, and buzzing vendors fill Mercado Central (Central Market). This popular market seems to have everything: live chickens, fresh produce, freshly caught seafood, hanging meat, flowers, spices, clothing, and electronics. Local sellers, shoppers, and tourists all converge here in an authentic and humble atmosphere. Peer into the day-to-day life of a Lima local with a visit to this thriving market. Put Mercado Central (Central Market) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lima itinerary maker.
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  • The Central de Abastos Market resembles in the municipal markets in Brazil and is a place where all, meat, fish, poultry, fruits, cheeses, cold cuts, vegetables, grains, cereals, seeds, flowers and craft, but is a very simple and even a little disorganized and that draws attention by the huge variety of meats and seafood exposed on newsstands and in the open air without refrigeration. Offers a varied food court, with many options of local culinary dishes and stands out by offering affordable prices.
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  • We meet the central market of cities but that let us down a little; Maybe because it's Holy week holiday, many stalls were closed, a little disorganized, until we went to lunch there, but we don't encourage.
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  • During our trip, no cross tourist, yet we are very close to the historical center of Lima. It's absolutely inviting and people are generous, feels good, we can eat there, to do in everyway
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