Shopping in Machu Picchu, Peru
Peru is a great place to buy handicrafts. The options are numerous, mainly because handicrafts are the source of income for many people. It is difficult to resist and not feel like taking home a wonderful embroidered fabric.
The ideal is to have the soles (Peruvian currency) on hand, but informal sellers also accept US dollars, euros and even real, in some cases. Remember to negotiate the values and do not accept any offer right away: bargain.
The best places for shopping and shopping are Cusco and the Mercado de Pisac (which takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and, especially, Sundays). In Cusco you will find several shops that are open late with cards, cups, hats, shirts and other items. Pisac is a good opportunity to buy woolen fabrics, bags and clothes.
The historic city, known as the capital of Inca culture, has about 500 thousand inhabitants and excellent infrastructure. In the city of Cusco you will find good hotels, prepared restaurants and even a nightclub. Between 60% and 70% of the city’s population live on tourism, so there are several craft shops and agencies that make tours to tourist spots. Staying in the city and going to other archeological sites each day is a good way to organize your trip.
Some places are mandatory to visit in Cusco, such as the Cathedral Basilica of Cusco, located in the Plaza de Armas, the Archaeological Park of Saqsaywaman and the Qoricancha.
Pisac is a place with two main attractions: the ruins and a handicraft market. The construction of these ruins is attributed to pre-Incas and Incas and they stand out for being in a region of 3400m. The place was an administrative center and was built with special architecture, proper to avoid possible damages caused by earthquakes. Its terraces are peculiar and the holes made in the mountains to deposit dead and mummified bodies also stand out.
Very interesting place, which transmits history at all times.
The Pisac market is a great opportunity to buy the desired souvenirs. There are many options of handmade fabrics, bags, shirts, silver objects, dolls, purses, whatever… there is everything! People will put the price of products up there when they realize that you are a tourist; so, haggle without fear! Wrap around the portunhol and make a good offer, and your gift is guaranteed! Be sure to go there if you like shopping, as it is the best option for those looking to find variety in one place.
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days when the market is open.