Local market: Local market is colorful
The local market is full of great buys though you will have to make an effort to speak some Spanish or Quechua. This is a authentic market and people dress in traditional clothing because they are their everyday clothes, not for tourism reasons.
What to buy: Local fruits like this huge papaya or tangerine are great buys though not too unusual, but the pepino (a purple and white fruit that crosses a cucumber and pear!) is a great choice too.
What to pay: You can bargain or not, but no matter what, the prices are great. A large papaya is around thirty cents and more than enough for two people for breakfast.
Woman woven in and around the Plaza de Armas: Get your HUARAZ Hand made scarf
the woman sell woven scarfs , hats , mittens etc in the streets near the "Plaza de Armas" or near the bus stops.
What to buy: scarfs, hats, globes, socks all hand made
the scarfs are the ones I like the most, they are so soft . all white with HUARAZ written in black wool
What to pay: the price for the scarfs is around s/7 soles (around $4 ) they are superb and it is a must for a gift specially in the winter.
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Exploring the Market
As with any town, the market is where the locals go to buy their food and goods for their homes. It is less expensive than any restaurant you will find and you can see what the locals actually eat on a regular basis. Huaraz has both an indoor and an outdoor market. Luis compared the indoor market to Wal-Mart, as it has not only food, but clothes, toys, and even some junk.
We found a wonderful booth for fresh juice - this one offered milk and honey as well as the juices from fresh fruits - the best (and the cheapest!) smoothie I've ever had. :)
The picture is of huge bags of the different varieties of corn grown in the area. One of my favorite foods in Peru was their version of popcorn, and the best I had was made from the delicious corn grown in the Huaraz area.
What to pay: the juice was around 1 sole, or about 30 cents.
Jewelry and carvings
Beside the town square in Huaraz is a large building filled with merchants selling crafts and goods such as jewelry, clothing, carvings, and ceramics. You can find some great earrings or wooden bowls, but the clothing and some of the other items turned me off as they had "Huaraz" written on them.
Besides the building, all along the streets are people sitting on the sidewalks selling goods, mostly jewelry and clothes such as scarves, gloves, and hats.
Carhuaz, a nearby town, also has many things for sale on the sidewalk. The vendors have their jewelry and other goods laid out on a blanket for passerby to enjoy. The bowls were bought in Huaraz and the other pictures were taken in Carhuaz.
What to pay: 8-10 soles or less for a small wooden bowl, a few soles for earrings
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The Outdoor Market
The outdoor market is bustling in the morning with people selling fruit, vegetables, meat, and even toilet paper. There was one stand overflowing with several varities of potatoes, and there were vegetables even my Peruvian companion had never seen. The morning is the best time to buy your meat, as it is the freshest. There are chickens everywhere, but all in crates ready to be sold. I suppose they only kill them as they need them so the meat won't spoil. I was startled during our walk to find myself face to face with a entire pig that had been cooked at one stand.
The best part about wondering through these market streets is being able to see the lush green mountains on one side and the frigid looking snow-capped ones on the other. There is also a bridge passing over the swiftly moving river - the ice is melts in the summer months and causes the water to flow rapidly.
Also along the streets are people selling lacy and colorful skirts that the women wear under their thick skirts - in layers during the cold weather. It was refreshing to see vendors selling things for locals and not tourists.
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