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Witch's Market (Mercado de las Brujas) Tours

Witch's Market (Mercado de las Brujas)
Shamans. Potions. Witchcraft. Elixir. None of these are words that many travelers equate with the coastline of northern Peru. Traditional healing, however, is a central part to the different subsets of traditional Peruvian society, and historically Chiclayo has been an instrumental city in the gathering of shamans and healers. 

Located inside of the Mercado Modelo—a large central market by the Plaza de Armas that is frequented by everyday shoppers—the Witch's Market (Mercado de las Brujas) is a fascinating stop for those who can stomach the surroundings. In these cluttered, colorful, and odiferous alleyways, healers hawk everything from dried snakes and monkey skulls to pieces of Andean condors. A traditional drink made from San Pedro cactus is known for its hallucinogenic effects, and it is sometimes offered to market visitors who befriend a local merchant. For a variable fee, traditional shamans can also be hired to perform ceremonial readings and healings, although be forewarned the process might involve a guinea pig or vomit-inducing concoctions.

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The Chiclayo Witch Market can be found in the Mercado Modelo, not far from the Plaza de Armas. Market hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the morning hours being the busiest time to visit. Though visiting the market can be entertaining, travelers are encouraged to be aware of their belongings and only frequent shamans they feel comfortable approaching. 
Address: Mercado Modelo, Chiclayo, Peru
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday
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Chiclayo City Tour and Witch Market

Chiclayo City Tour and Witch Market

Chiclayo city was founded in 1720 by the Spanish people, and it was a transit point and rest place, for the merchants of the time. Learn more about its fantastic history, and visit its historic center, and also its famous market, with our tour Chiclayo City tour & Witch Market.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$35.00
Price varies by group size
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Witch's Market (Mercado de las Brujas) hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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