Top Markets in Chiclayo
Between visits to the archaeological sites surrounding Chiclayo, one of the best ways to experience the Peruvian city’s culture, heritage, and day-to-day life is to wander its local markets. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, fruits and vegetables, or a local snack, here are a few of Chiclayo’s best markets.
Head to Mercado Modelo, Chiclayo’s central market, in the morning, and you’ll see crowds of locals stocking up on the day’s necessities. The covered market spans several city blocks, with a concentration of food vendors packed into the center.
Witch Market (Mercado de Brujos)
The Witch Market is actually part of the Mercado Modelo, situated at its southwestern corner. A wonderfully unusual market, it is packed with herbalist shops, medicine men, and apothecaries selling everything from charms and amulets to hallucinogenic herbs and unidentifiable tonics. It’s a must-see, even if you’re not planning to buy.
Located on the eastern edge of Chiclayo, Mochoqueque is the town’s major wholesale market. It’s at its busiest on Tuesday and Friday mornings, when city shop owners come to take advantage of cheap prices.