Where to Buy Souvenirs in Cusco?

Exploring Cusco is a feast for the senses, and a big part of that experience is finding the perfect souvenirs to bring home. Here are some top spots to pick up unique and authentic treasures to remember your Machu Picchu Tours by!

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is a must-visit for anyone looking to immerse in the beauty and culture of Peru. It’s also an excellent place to find a wide variety of souvenirs. You’ll find everything from handcrafted jewelry to traditional textiles. The markets here are vibrant and full of life, offering an array of items that showcase the rich heritage of the region. 

Chinchero

Chinchero is known for its stunning and colorful textiles. This is the best place to buy authentic Peruvian souvenirs, especially if you’re interested in high-quality wool products. The artisans in Chinchero use traditional methods to produce their goods, and you can even watch demonstrations of the weaving and wool dying process.

When shopping for textiles in Chinchero, look for items made with baby alpaca wool. Baby alpaca is softer and warmer than regular alpaca wool, making it a luxurious choice for scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Be sure to ask the vendors about the differences in the wool to ensure you’re getting the best quality. If you’re on our 1-Day Sacred Valley Tour, make sure to allocate some time for shopping!

Pisaq Market in the Sacred Valley

Another fantastic spot in the Sacred Valley is the Pisaq Market. This market is famous for its wide selection of handicrafts, jewelry, and textiles. It’s a bit more touristy, but it’s well worth a visit for the variety and quality of goods available. You can find beautiful ceramics, traditional musical instruments, and silver jewelry. A visit here is included in our Sacred Valley 1-Day Tour: Plus

Historic Center of Cusco

Cusco’s historic center is a treasure trove for souvenir hunters. The San Pedro Market, in particular, is a great place to explore and is included in our Cusco Walking Tour. This market offers a mix of food, textiles, and other goods. It’s an excellent spot to find something unique and authentic to bring back home.

In addition to San Pedro Market, you’ll find plenty of small shops and stalls throughout the historic center, each offering a unique selection of items. Don’t be afraid to wander and explore—you never know what hidden gems you might find! After a day of exploring Machu Picchu, souvenirs from Cusco are a perfect way to remember your trip.

Final Tips

  • Bargaining: It’s common to negotiate prices in Peruvian markets. Don’t be shy to haggle a bit to get a fair deal.
  • Quality Check: Make sure to check the quality of items, especially textiles and jewelry. Look for signs of authentic craftsmanship.
  • Support Local Artisans: Whenever possible, buy directly from artisans. It helps support their livelihood and ensures you get an authentic piece.

If you are also interested in other activities to do in Cusco, check out our post What To Do in Cusco City. Happy shopping, and enjoy your time in Peru!

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