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Shopping for Peruvian crafts is one of the top things on most travelers’ list. Traditional markets abound, and almost everywhere around popular tourist destinations there are street vendors and shops catering to travelers. Below are some of the best shopping spots as rated by VIVA’s team of travel writers.

  • Dédalo
    Dédalo is a must see. Even if you don't plan to spend any money, it is well worth the visit. Staged in an old refurbished house in Barranco, a block away from the sea, it offers Peruvian non-traditional workmanship at its best. You will find beautiful handmade ceramics, blown glass, design-winning
  • Health in Peru
    When traveling abroad, many people get overly preoccupied with the dangers associated with tropical diseases and what to do if they fall sick. However, other than the somewhat inevitable and rarely threatening diarrhea associated with changes in diet, very few travelers suffer serious illness
  • Mercado Central
    The Mercado Central (also known as the Mercado San Pedro) is perfect for evading the crowds of tourists and experiencing a little local flavor. Come here to buy groceries, sip a delicious fresh fruit juice or grab a cheap lunch-a sense of adventure and an iron stomach are generally necessary for th
  • Mercado El Molino
    If you don't mind getting lost and repeatedly jostled by fellow shoppers as you walk back and forth along the endless rows of overflowing stalls, then spend an afternoon hanging out at the captivating Mercado Mollina. Forget Machu Picchu logo t-shirts, watercolor paintings and llama postcards, beca
  • Mercado Artesanal
    As you head from the Plaza de Armas, east towards Lake Titicaca, you arrive at the Mercado Artesanal just before Puno's main port, Puerta Lacustre. This artisan market, representing several local cooperatives, is made up of over a dozen alleyways lined with stalls on the south side of the street. I
  • Seminario Ceramics
    The artist Pablo Seminario is a local legend amongst cusqueños. He virtually invented a new form of ceramic artwork that integrates abstract modern styles with traditional Incan and pre-Incan motifs. The story most commonly told was that years ago Pablo Seminario toiled at his craft with such dedi
  • La Cholita
    Why this little chocolate manufacturer, after 50 years, has not attained the global clout commensurate with such continental competitors as Toblerone may be one of the biggest mysteries of Cusco yet. Indeed, you can only get La Cholita chocolate in Cusco, so make the most of it while you are in thi
  • Mercado Central
    At Puno's Central Market, shoppers can enthusiastically dig among colorful alpaca sweaters, small stone carvings, handcrafted jewelry, hats and artwork to find the ideal souvenir to take home. In another sections, they can pick up fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and other goodies for making dinner
  • Casa De La Mujer Artesana
    Casa de la Mujer Artesana features the creations of Quechua and Aymara women artisans from the villages around Puno. Items include sweaters, socks, gloves and other clothing items made of pure and blended alpaca. Some are traditional design, and other more modern fashions. The women also craft do
  • K'antu
    K'antu brings together local producers under one roof, allowing you to buy directly from them without middlemen. Working with artisan associations in Ilave, Chinchera, Pisacoma, Acora, Juli and Puno, this fair-trade shop has several show rooms that display handmade, 100 percent alpaca sweaters,
  • Shopping In Juliaca
    Before heading away from Juliaca and Lago Titicaca, you have one last chance to pick up crafts at the airport, where many shops specialize in artesanía. One to stop into is Centro Artesanal Original Folk Art (A
  • Puno Shopping
    Puno is a great place to not only pick up on crafts made by local artisans, but also by those from neighboring villages and the islands. A number of cooperatives have shops, and there are artisan markets at the lake port. Another mercado artisanal, Asocia
  • La Ibérica
    These incredible chocolates that La Ibérica creates deserve to be mentioned. Imagine glass case after glass case filled with creamy dark chocolates, smooth milk chocolates. Luscious bonbons filled with fruit creams, nuts, jellies or coconut. Mmmmm, or toffees, mazapán or turrón. It's all here, l
  • Sol Alpaca
    Sol Alpaca, part of the Michell Group alpaca outlet stores, is one of Arequipa's most respected manufacturers of sweaters, scarves, coats, table runners and other beautiful woolen items of very high quality. Most are made of baby alpaca, though blends with silk, as well as the rare vicuña fiber, a
  • Patio Del Ekeko
    If you are going to shop for high-quality souvenirs under one roof in Arequipa, it should be at Patio del Ekeko. Some of Peru's best known shops have a home here, including Kuna, which specializes in fine alpaca, vicuña, llama and guanaco woolens, and <
  • Shopping in Arequipa
    Any place you wander in the White City, you come across scores of shops selling clothing made of baby alpaca wool, souvenirs and other creations. Several artisan â??mallsâ? make it easier to browse the offerings: Mercado Artesanal and the bordados) done in five colors, by hand or treadle sewing machine. Villagers still wear traditional clothing slashed with these colorful designs representing their home region's flora and fauna.
  • Mercado San Camilo
    Think of a local version of a huge shopping mall, and you have Mercado San Camilo. This isn't your ordinary city market. Yes, there is the meat section (and upstairs, the department with live birds), the aisle of women selling cheeses and yoghurts and the food court. Several rows of vendors polish
  • Artisans In Central Lima
    While taking in the churches, museums and other sites in Central Lima, stop into some of the traditional crafts workshops scattered throughout downtown. You'll be buying directly from the craftspeople that specialize in one type of artistic creation. For more information on Lima's Museo Contisuyo sells local crafts. Asociación Sumac P'itay is a women's collective in Samegua that
  • Shopping In Paracas
    Along the malecón, north of the pier, is the artisan market. Dozens of stalls sell everything, including t-shirts and other souvenirs, geared for the Islas Ballestas tourists. Most close by mid-afternoon, though a few are open after sunset. Avoid buying or consuming anything made of turtles, do
  • Nasca Shopping
    Taller de Cerámica Emilia Felicita Calle Benavides (daughter of the great master Andrés Calle) and her family continue with the tradition of making excellent replicas of Wari, Nasca and Tihuanaco pottery. Parque Artesanal Turístico de Vista Alegre, main entrance to the airport. Tel: 521
  • Shopping In Tacna
    Artisans in Tacna specialize in woodcarving, weaving and ceramics. The entire length of Pallardelli, near the Mercado Central, is known as the mercado artesanía. Here are many small shops selling sweaters, ponchos, bags and souvenirs at good prices. An
  • Shopping In Huacachina
    Along the south side of the lagoon and the passageway next to Hotel Mossone are artisan stands with the usual hand-made jewelry, post cards and other memorabilia of your stay at this magical spot. The ones at the southwest end of the malecón also stock sun screen, sun glasses and other such items.
  • Larcomar
    From the street, Larcomar looks like a nice cliff-side park with fountains, palm trees and a crowd of people hanging along the railing watching the sun set over the Pacific. Walk a few steps closer and discover a three-story mall packed with fine restaurants, fast-food joints, shops, discos, a 12-s
  • Arte en Cuero Sánchez
    A great bargain for tourists, Arte en Cuero Sánchez is your chance to get custom-made, personally designed leather goods at prices that would be cheap even for vinyl. Owner Lourdes Sánchez and her expert staff can tailor a top-notch leather jacket or fashion such suede and/or leather items as hat
  • Sidrik's Peruvian Handicraft
    Sidrik's is one of the leading alpaca wool retail outlets in Peru. It is worth going out to Pueblo Libre in order to take advantage of dazzling array of native clothing items, including but not limited to the world famous chullo, the somewhat pointed wool c
  • RadioShack
    It's not uncommon to leave home without bringing all the necessary gadgets and adapters. Without these essentials, say goodbye to your cell phone, MP3 player and hairdryer. But in foreign countries like Peru, Radio Shack with a large offering of electronics and products of the sort can be a godsend
  • Tatoo Adventure Gear
    Tatoo Adventure Gear is a top source for brand-name sportswear, trekking and camping equipment, biking accessories and more. Located in Miraflores, Tatoo Larcomar stocks guidebooks and maps, and the knowledgeable staff provides information on mountaineering courses and seminars, and offers tips on
  • Bodega Santiago Queirolo
    There are two huge wooden wine barrels on the right, and antique model car on the right, which is how you will know you are in the Santiago Queirolo Winery, one of the largest manufacturers of Peruvian wine in the area. Its selection includes dry, semi-dry, sangria, champagne and, of course, the po
  • Almacén Metro
    There are any numbers of stores along Jirón de la Unión selling clothes, food and office supplies, but you might prefer to cut to the chase and simply stop at the massive Metro, occupying an entire block of Avenida Cuzco, between Calles Carabaya and Lampa. Part of the Almacenes Metro chain, one o
  • Centro Comercial Plaza Lima Sur
    This massive and modern shopping complex in Chorrillos is a consumer heaven. Featuring Peru's largest retailer, Metro, and a glossy array of local and North American corporate franchises, including Ace Hardware and the Canadian Scotiabank. Lima Sur has outlets for every need or want, including heal
  • Palacio de las Maletas
    With a name that translates literally into the Palace of Suitcases, it offers exactly what it promises: total luggage lunacy. Leather, canvas, plastic? Briefcases, suitcases? With wheels, without? Portfolio, travel bag? Backpack, rucksack, knapsack? Duffel bag, satchel, wallet, handbag, purse? It a
  • Librería El Virrey
    Following its recent move to a much bigger and nicer store, El Virrey now offers three times their original selection of books. Founded 30 years ago by the Sanseviero family, this store offers a large selection of local and imported books on nearly every subject you could possibly be interested in.
  • Shopping In Moyobamba
    Moyobamba has over a half-dozen artisan shops selling necklaces and other jewellery made of jungle seeds, regional coffees and liqueurs. Another specialty of Moyobamba craftspeople are delicate ceramic reproductions of local orchids (quality varies, so shop around). Two with good selections are <
  • Talleres Los Andenes
    A veteran weaver Félix Calla, proprietor of Hospedaje Los Andenes, also sells a creative assortment of alpaca wool, hand-made ponchos, handbags, shawls, vests, belts, wallets and hats, all at reasonable prices. In terms of stone and clay, his gift shop also features goods, animals, deities, Incan
  • Mercado Ortiz
    Mercado Ortiz is a well-stocked supermarket and a handy place to pick up snacks for a long hike. It's pricey in comparison to the Mercado Central, however.
  • Ayacucho Shopping
    There's plenty of souvenirs and crafts to be purchased throughout Ayacucho. Perhaps one of the cheapest places to stock up on artesanía is at the Mercado Centenario Carlos F. Vivanco (Jr. 28 de Julio 344). This huge warehouse sells tapestries, bags, hats, flutes, ceramics a
  • Tatoo Adventure Gear
    Tatoo Adventure Gear is a top source for brand-name sportswear, trekking and camping equipment, biking accessories and more. Tatoo Huaraz also stocks guidebooks and maps. The knowledgeable staff provides information on mountaineering courses and seminars, and offers tips on everything from the best
  • El Quinde
    El Quinde is a modern shopping mall in the north-east of the city. There's a wide variety of upmarket stores, as well as a food court, a supermarket, branches of national banks, pharmacies and a movie theater. Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Bookshops In Arequipa
    Librería El Lector has a large selection of new books in English and Spanish. On the second floor balcony is used book selection (predominately English and German, with some other languages) which can be traded two-for-one or bought (Monday-Saturday 9 a
  • Mercado Central
    Cajamarca's main market is a busy, energetic place where you can pick up artisan crafts, clothing, groceries, and, if you're adventurous, you can eat almuerzo here for a couple of dollars. Be sure to keep an eye on your belongings, as the market is a notorious spot for pick-pockets.
  • Sunday Market (Feria Dominical)
    The largest outdoor market in Peru, Feria Dominical, is what puts Huancayo on the tourist radar. Every Sunday beginning at sun rise, one of the largest streets in town, Av. Huancavelica is closed off to road traffic and hundreds of street vendors from all over the central highlands come to sell thei
  • Huancayo Shopping
    Shopping in Huancayo is limited to street markets and stalls selling pirated CDs and DVDs, artisan markets full of Peruvian arts and crafts, and the American style-mall named Real Plaza. Most street vendors are fair, and bargaining is a friendly banter between buyer and seller. Along Avenida Gir
  • Pl@net.Com
    Whatever your communication needs while visiting Urubamba, Pl@net.Com at 449 Jirón Grau, facing the Plaza de Armas, is by far the best internet station in town. Pl@net.Com features twelve computers with high-speed access, headphones and microphones.

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  • Huancavelica Shopping
    Huancavelica is not a shopping destination; however, there are a few traditional and not-so-traditional markets that are an interesting way to spend the afternoon. Every day there is a small market on the side of the municipal building on the corner of Sebastian Barranca and Muñoz. The Municipa
  • Real Plaza
    The giant red structure that towers over most of the buildings along Huancayo's main street of Avenida Giráldez is Real Plaza. This modern, American-styled shopping mall seems out of place in the dusty town of Huancayo, but the amenities that it offers will leave most traveler's pleased. Real Plaz
  • Mercado Mayorista
    Located behind Plaza Real and near the train station is Huancayo's local daily market. Not meant to be a tourist attraction, this market is not the place to pick up local Peruvian arts and crafts. On the muddy, puddle-filled no-name street are stalls selling plastic children's toys, socks, electr
  • Sunday Market (Feria Dominical)
    The largest outdoor market in Peru, Feria Dominical, is what puts Huancayo on the tourist radar. Every Sunday beginning at sun rise, one of the largest streets in town, Avenida Huancavelica, is closed off to road traffic and hundreds of street vendors from all over the central highlands come to sell
  • Manay Raqay (Square of the Request)
    Nearly all visitors to Ollantaytambo pass through Manay Raqay, due to its location by the only entrance to the fortress; it's also a designated stop on the Heritage Trail. The Incan square's most unique feature (aside from the looming fortress obviously) is the water element, a forceful channel of
  • Artesanías Pachacútec
    With the large number of vendors all claiming to sell 100 percent alpaca, it's often difficult to determine which sweaters are real and which are synthetic. But Artesanías Pachacútec sells the real deal and, better yet, the merchandise is affordable too. The super-soft alpaca sweaters come in a r
  • Huanchaco Shopping
    For a town that hosts thousands of national and international tourists year round, there's not much shopping to be done in Huanchaco. The largest collection of souvenirs in one spot is at the Gran Feria Artesenal at La Ribera 735, open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Compa
  • Artesanal Market
    In the last hour or two, when you've come back from Machu Picchu and you're waiting for your train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo, the artesanal market is worth a wander. This covered market is right next to the train station and offers a wide selection of goods, including intricate weavings, jewel
  • Shopping Summary
    Feria Artesanal Permanente Mi Perú is a mini mall of 10 shops selling a good selection of woolens, postcards and miscellaneous knick knacks (daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Bolognesi 590, between Colón and Juan Cuglievan). In an alleyway that runs alongside the bank to the main plaza, on the side o
  • Mercado Modelo
    Looking for a tiara? Party decorations? Underwear? This wacky flea market gives you endless aisles to meander through. You probably won't find that one special sought-after Peruvian souvenir, but it's an entertaining place. Lots of amateur alchemists are at work here if you're into alternative medi
  • Shopping In Ica
    Artesanía de Puno If you're not making a trip up to Cusco and Lake Titicaca, you can get good quality sweaters, scarves, bags and other woolens this mini-mall consisting of four shops. Bargain hard, as prices come with the “gringo tax”. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p
  • Shopping in Trujillo
    Like all major cities in Latin America, Trujillo has its share of chain shopping malls and supermarkets selling typical global corporate products. For tourists with more specialized tastes, the Gamarra neighborhood has a number of clothing shops. The Museo de Arquelogía and the Museo Cassinelli se
  • Piura Shopping
    Many towns near Piura are known for crafts. A good one-stop gallery to appreciate these artisan works is Centro Artesanal Norte, with 16 shops, each dedicated to a separate village and its products (daily 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Libertad 501. Tel: 302
  • Mega Supermercado
    Mega is the biggest chain of supermarkets in southern Peru. They're big, modern and normally chaotic, but they're not too dissimilar to supermarkets back home. There are many locations around Cusco: the most central is a short walk from the Plaza de Armas on Portal Mantas (next to the Dircetur tour
  • Tatoo Adventure Gear
    Tatoo Adventure Gear is a top source for brand-name sportswear, trekking and camping equipment, biking accessories and more. There are two stores in Cusco near the Plaza de Armas. The adventure gear distributor also stocks guidebooks and maps. You will find that the knowledgeable staff provides in
  • Sbs
    SBS is one of Cusco's most popular bookstores (it is part of a national chain), offering an extensive array of books in English and Spanish. You'll find novels in both languages as well as a variety of non-fiction topics: science, art, education, business and language-learning, in addition to guide
  • Gato's Market
    Gato's Market is a small but well-equipped store selling all sorts of groceries. It's overpriced but conveniently located-a useful place to stock up on snacks for a trek or the trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Topitop
    Maybe your clothes have become a little worn over the course of your travels and you could do with stocking up. Or maybe you just can't bear to buy yet another alpaca sweater. If so, Topitop will be your clothing lifeline. You'll find men's, women's and children's clothing at reasonable prices, and
  • Shopping In Cusco
    Shopping in Cusco can be an overwhelming experience. There is an abundance of budget-priced artisan markets-where bargaining is customary-found mostly in little courtyards set just back from the street, especially on Calles Triunfo, Plateros and Procuradores, all just off the Plaza de Armas, as wel
  • Centro Artesanal Cusco
    The Centro Artesanal market, with its 350 stalls, is the biggest artisan market in the city and an excellent option for souvenir-hunting. Prices tend to be a little lower than the artisan markets around the Plaza de Armas. Take a cab or walk down Avenida El Sol from the Plaza, and you will find the
  • Shopping in Iquitos
    If shopping is a must for you during a vacation, there are a few options in Iquitos. The Belén Street Market is located in a poor neighborhood, but
  • Safety in Peru
    Now that Peru has moved on from the political violence it suffered in the 1980s, the country is generally a safe one. Tourists are rarely victims of violent crime in Peru, but unfortunately petty crime-in particular pick-pocketing and theft-is common, and travelers are easy targets. Follow these