Probably this is one of the frequent questions that our passengers make when they arrive in Cusco, since in this city they concentrate the most important archeological sites in Peru and the world, and all they want a memory to take home after finishing the trip of tourism. Of this we will comment in this post thanks to the information sent from the office of Fertur in the Imperial City.
So, let’s go to the essential point you’re looking for on the Internet. Where to buy handicrafts in Cusco? And of course, not only that they are economic, but also of good quality. A complicated task that we will try to solve by visiting two emblematic markets of the enigmatic Inca city.
Pisac is at the beginning of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is a splendid place that in the Inca era was one of the most important points to enter the Antisuyo (jungle). As this site is a strategic place, the Quechuas built a settlement in its heights. Later with the arrival of the Spaniards they placed a corregimiento in the zone.
At present, this place is very crowded because it is one of the must stops of the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is also one of the villages passing through to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
In this craft market you will find a great variety of local handicrafts and are much cheaper than in Machu Picchu, and other points, for this reason there is a greater offer of products with the possibility of finding very competitive prices within reach of all. You can buy all kinds of handicrafts, canvases, products made of alpaca wool, baby alpaca, etc.
Alpaca fiber clothing in the artisan markets of CuscoIf you are planning to buy clothes made with alpaca fiber and you want to avoid scams, it is advisable to hire a specialized guide. So that you can guide and take to the stores where they sell quality products, but of course, if you know how to identify a good alpaca fabric then there would be more problem.
Keep in mind that these craft markets are not large businesses, which allows you to negotiate the price with the owner of the tent. A useful tip would be to call them fondly “little house” and thus gain their trust with the aim of achieving some discount. But of course, without exaggerating to make it spontaneous.
In these places you can also buy silversmiths, where the craftsmen explain how they perform their work of goldsmithing. As for buying Alpaca garments, for silver it is also advisable to hire a guide to take you to the most interesting places.
Take advantage of your visit to the Pisac Market to try one of the empanadas made with quinoa in a colonial oven.
San Pedro Market
If you have a free day in the city of Cusco, you must visit the San Pedro Market, this center of supplies was built in 1925, designed by the same French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the same designer of the famous Eiffel Tower from Paris.
This place is considered as one of the most important markets in Cusco. It has different sections, meats, fruits, flowers, foods, cheeses, typical breads (bread kicks), potatoes, juices, etc.
The handicrafts area is located in the northeast door, where you can find a lot of small souvenirs such as keyrings, bracelets, necklaces, among others. There are also scarves, sweaters; But in this case there are no galleries of silverware or Alpaca clothing.
Cusco’s food market, called San Pedro, which is a popular market, you should always be careful with your belongings, it is advisable to put the backpack on the front. Here the prices are negotiable, and the variety is wide.
In Fertur we recommend you to visit the city of Cusco with a local guide, which besides taking you to this market, you can develop a complete itinerary that goes to the San Blas neighborhood, Plaza San Francisco, the stone of the 12 angles and much more.
Various markets in Cusco
It is interesting to know that fairs or job markets are not only touristy in the city, and this makes them even more attractive. To discover them we can walk along Avenida del Sol and Tullumayo to find the Craft Market where also the Cusco Craft Center is sponsored by the local government.
The San Blas neighborhood
It is known asthe neighborhood of artisansâ , preserves the old colonial style with narrow streets that zigzag between the Incan style stone houses and the oldest church in the region, which was built in the year 1563 In these alleys we will discover workshops of artisans and artists of renown throughout the country that meet around the Plaza de Armas on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
The Chincheros Fair
To 28 kilometers to the northwest of Cusco we will find this city to which we can arrive any Sunday of the year to visit the Handicraft Fair of the Main Square. There we will find excellent products and in addition we will be able to witness the ability of the descendants of the Incas to weave woolen garments as it was made for nobles of the time. We will also be able to buy some natural foodstuffs brought directly from the crops and observe how the local tradition of barter is maintained between local ones.
Alpaca dolls in Pisaq
Some interesting tips
It is necessary to have a little eye and to observe well the figurines and statues because many are crafts and others are industrialized.
Also in the surroundings of Machu Picchu, one of the most important places of Cusco and the world, we will find craftsmen’s positions that will offer us their products.
Haggling in this city is not a habit, and for most tourists the currency exchange is favorable, so it would be frowned upon to ask to pay less for the products.
The commercial premises of well-known brands in Cusco also usually sell very good quality clothing and accessories made with alpaca wool, but will be more expensive than at fairs and they will lose that no What? Which grants him the handmade clothing.
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