San Pedro Market
San Pedro Market Cusco Reviews
Free from the touristy schtick, this market is, quite literally, a sleeper hit! Dec 01, 2013
Think of a busy Sunday of sightseeing in Cusco. You visited the ruins, you gaped at the Cathedral and you ran out of breath going up the hill to the Churches.
Think of a busy Sunday, now but at a market in Cusco. This isn't the touristy "central market" that's choc-a-block with souvenirs and tourists, but it's actually a central market that the local Cusco folks flock to. It's blessed by being sandwiched between two popular (read: non touristy) churches so folks can finish Sunday Mass and head to do some grocery. What's even nicer about this place is there are few and very cheap eateries inside the market so basically, you get to pray, shop AND eat in less than a 0.1 mile radius. Genius!
The market houses all sorts of things - clothes, curios, LOTS of vegetables and fruit, meat, eateries (ranging from snacks and junk food to proper full-on meals), soda and milkshake bars and flowers. The market by itself has a very welcoming feel and that's just because it seems so lazy in between a Sunday noon hustle bustle. You have dogs, visitors and owners lazily sauntering the aisles, no one's in a rush, at times the owner of a stand steps away and people actually queue up awaiting his return... as I said, it's ALL SO LAZY.
And that's the X-Factor about this market.
Being so centrally located, they could've turned this into another tourist malarkey, but they chose to keeping it real, genuine and laidback. Sums up the Peruvian culture! Highly recommended.
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