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  • Address: Plaza de San Francisco, Cusco, Peru
  • 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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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco, Cusco, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This exclusive tour will take you to a local market in Cusco, then teach you about Peruvian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in a modern cooking studio, ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.00
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Private Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, Sacsayhuaman and Cusco City Full-Day Tour

We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 in the morning in private transport and drive about 20 minutes to the hills above Cusco.  We will visit the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors

This tour gives you a chance to visit local markets that are seldom visited by tourists. We will travel by local us to the market at San Jeronimo where we ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class, Cusco, Food Tours
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Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $131.00
Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

Join this guided biking tour in the city of Cusco. Enjoy a close encounter on bikes with the local people, history, legends and traditions of the capital city ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.00
Full-Day Hike to Wanakauri Mountain from Cusco, Cusco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Full-Day Hike to Wanakauri Mountain from Cusco

This tour is a day hike to the genesis mountain of the Inca culture, the place where they found their civilization at 4000 meters / 12 500 feet and the best ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Half-Day Cusco Private City Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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Half-Day Cusco Private City Tour

This half day tour highlights all the major attractions in and around the main square (Plaza de Armas). Your private guide will meet you at your hotel and ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Peruvian Cooking Class Tour in Cusco, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Peruvian Cooking Class Tour in Cusco

Peruvian cuisine is famous thanks to its variety of flavors and ingredients. We provide the option of enjoying and learning about the flavors and to become a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $79.00
Cusco City Sightseeing Tour, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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4.5 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.99
Cusco City Small-Group Tour, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Cusco City Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This Cusco city tour involves visiting Cusco´s highlights. Start off by visiting Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo and Tambomachay. After exploring these sites, you will ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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