What you can find in San Pedro market in Cusco
Planning a trip overseas this year and you’re not sure where you should go? This is a question faced by both the seasoned traveller and beginning travellers every day and the abundance of choices don’t make these decisions any easier. However, should you choose to holiday over in exotic South America, you will definitely need to include Peru on your itinerary. Peru is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on the planet and has something to offer for everyone! One of the most popular destinations in the Andean Country is Cusco. Why visit Cusco city? You may ask. Well, Cusco was the home of the Inca Empire and is filled with ancient Churches, ruins and temples that are a marvel of sight. The city is filled with cobblestone streets and Inca walls that are a delight to see, especially for all the history buffs out there. Not only is there rich history to discover but on any visit to Cusco, there are an abundance of marketplaces for you to visit when you have a few hours to pass the time with. A great market that is a must see for all visitors is the San Pedro Market in Cusco.
The San Pedro Market in Cusco is located in the historical center of the city, one block from the main square. The market is an interesting place to explore and has many interesting things for all visitors to explore and take away a little piece of Cusco with them, when they return to their homes. As soon as you enter the market, you will be immersed into a an array of colours, cultures, and cuisines. The souvenir section has everything from pens with llamas attached to them, to a variety of hats, colourful dolls, tablecloths and pillowcases. And if you’re looking to take home an alpaca jumper, then this is the place for you.
When you venture further into the market, you will be presented with a wide range of costumes used for the local dances which are available for purchase and hire along with an outline of their historical origin and place in dance if requested. These costumes are the peacocks of any man or woman’s closet, so when you return home, be sure to display these freaks and they will most certainly be the talking point at any dinner party you host.
Further into the market, for just a few soles, you can buy lunch, which consists of soup, a second and a drink. The menu features a Peruvian dish, which usually consists of meat or chicken and rice. In the morning, breakfast is also available at the San Pedro Market, where this a fresh juice section that you really must try, where there are just about every combination of fruit juices imaginable and if not to your liking, you can just make up your own. It’s a great way to start the day. Along with your juice, try a sandwich freshly prepared to satiate your appetite until lunchtime.
The Andean country is home to some of the world’s healthiest foods. Peruvian superfoods provide healthy fuel for your body with locally grown Quinoa, Maca and Camu Camu as prominent features, it would be a shame not to try some of these grains while on your Peruvian holiday. At breakfast time in the San Pedro Market, there are a variety of oat based drinks featuring Quinoa and Maca that will give you the energy you will need to get through the day.
At the market’s end, you will find all the fresh fruit and vegetables you will need to keep you healthy on your Peruvian tour. Often on sale, there are meats, chicken and fish available and it is here, where the local people shop for their families.
Lastly, in a small section at the side entrance of the market, you will find senoras selling beautifully colored flowers. From roses to lilies, the variety is astounding, and the photo opportunities are endless so be sure to take your camera.
Besides the San Pedro market, Cusco is filled with a variety of fascinating attractions for the tourists, so here are is a list of what we believe to be the top 4 favorite leisure activities in Cusco.
- A City tour, where you can see the churches of the city and visit the ruins just outside of Cusco, and learn all the history of this majestic Inca city.
- Visit the museums; Cusco is full of museums where you can learn about the rich history of this colorful city.
- Sample all of the restaurants and the world famous Peruvian cuisine. Cusco is home to some of the best restaurants in Peru and the variety is endless. Not only are there restaurants to try, but the nightlife in Cusco is famous all throughout South America.
- Go on a free walking tour of the city. From the Plaza behind the main square every day at 11 am, you can experience the free walking tour. Look for the people in the green vests, they provide tours in English and Spanish.
Cusco is the place to visit in Peru and South America if you are looking to experience the ancient history and culture of Peru, and while you are in Cusco don’t forget to visit San Pedro market, this will give you an insight into the daily life of the people of Cusco. What are you waiting for? Book a trip to Peru today!