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  • Address: Plaza de San Francisco
  • Hours: Daily until 5pm

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Mercado Central de San Pedro

There is a certain irony that one of the best sites in Cusco really isn’t a site at all. Rather, the Mercado Central de San Pedro (San Pedro Market) is simply the place in the center of Cusco where most of the locals go for their groceries.

The difference, however, is that grocery shopping in Cusco is a little bit different than shopping at the local market back back home. At the Mercado Central de San Pedro, all of the items are on vibrant display and are fascinatingly set right out in the open. You can wander the stalls past towers of fruit and be greeted by a pig’s head on the very next corner. You can shop for a dozen varieties of potatoes and then watch someone purchase a bag of fried guinea pigs. It’s an authentic look at everyday culture which lies outside the circuit of regular sights.

There is also a food court that serves local dishes at a fraction of the cost of most local restaurants. While some of the food might be safer than others (the quinoa and vegetables being a safer bet than meat that is served with visible hair), dining at the market is a unique experience where you can share in the flavors of Cusco with the locals. 

In addition to shopping for produce and meat, there are also sections devoted to selling crafts such as textiles and Andean art. Haggling over prices is readily expected, although be sure to keep an eye on your wallet and valuables since pickpockets have been known to troll through the aisles.

All in all, however, the Mercado Central de San Pedro is one of the best stops in Cusco for experiencing everyday Andean life.

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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

For a great introduction to Peruvian culture, join a small-group walking tour of Cusco's vibrant markets and impressive Inca ruins. Start at the vibrant San ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

Visit the city of Cusco, 'The Capital of the old Incan Empire' on this 4-hour private, walking tour. You will be picked up from your hotel to see the main ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.00

Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites

This 4.5-hour private tour will take you on a sightseeing tour of Cusco, 'The Capital of the old Incan Empire' and important archaeological site. Get immersed ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $129.00

Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class

This exclusive, private tour will take you to explore San Pedro Market and then learn about Peruvian cuisine during a cooking experience in a modern cooking ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.00

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