Magic Hands: Hand Made Jewelry
Kind of New Age feel to it, very cool proprietor.
What to buy: Jairo the shopkeeper is also an artist, and he's got all kinds of hand made jewelry including silver and gold.
What caught my eye here were the local stones - things like lapisuli and that type of thing.
What to pay: He's got set prices, but expect lower than what you'd pay for the same back at home!
UPDATE: someone left me a comment that this guy is a "scam artist". I can't personally say for sure whether he is or he isn't, but I think it's worth the update to include here so that every buyer, "beware" as the saying goes...
There is not shortage of shops here. The place is geared towards draining tourist wallets
What to buy: Dont buy anything here outside of food and shoe shine. You can get it cheaper in the loacal markets in the Sacred Valley...they will bargain more. There are mostly shops here and according to Kim it all looks the same after a few days.
What to pay: As little as possible
- Historical Travel
To buy souvenirs, take Avenida del Sol to the opposite way from Plaza de Armas. You will find a big local market selling some interesting local stuff, from alpacas woollen clothes to small llamas and other souvenirs.
I think bargaining prices is acceptable but I didn´t manage to get good discounts to my purchases. Good luck to you!!!
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
Cuzco Main Plaza: The shop comes to you
Two legged version.
What to buy: The main plaza in Cuzco is the place to purchase a CD with “Condor passa” and the gang. It is not that there are no stores but why would you go to a store if the store comes to you. It approaches you in the form of a young mother with her child in a pouch on her back. It is a powerful marketing tool (not of the music) which drives the more conscious consumers to act fast. Others who are still bothered by the fact that they have just one day to enjoy Cuzco’s main square, this architectural masterpiece, might ignore the pleas and the needy mother. To be more polite in declining the service, one can use the pretext of not being able to listen to the CD in question. This is a wrong move! The vendor pulls out a CD player from the Walkman variety and offers you a track after track! Pinned to the wall, the naiveté itself has to buy the CD and what is for sure, enjoy it.
What to pay: Five dollars
El Buen Pastor: Delicious biscuitsL Alfajores
This is a bakery that sells biscuit so delicious you will come back and back.
We bought some fresh alfajores every day from here. They also have different tarts (savoury and sweet) and breads.
The shop is owned by a religious order who looks after orphan girls.
What to buy: Alfajores are those round biscuits with a layer of dulche de leche inside and a bit of coconut flakes around them.
You can buy them all over Peru but the best I tasted were from El Buen Pastor: fluffy and crumbly biscuit with a filling that is never overpoweringly sugary.
What to pay: Very cheap.
- Budget Travel
- Food and Dining
Carpets, Tapestries, Sweaters
What to buy: You'll find all kinds of great buys in the way of carpet and tapestries woven out of llama wool - as well as beautiful sweaters made from the softer alpaca wool.
I live in Florida which is normally hot, so I didn't buy a sweater.
My mistake - the price is right! You can bargain with some (not all) of the vendors.
What to pay: You can bargain with some (not all) of the vendors.
Ceramics and Woodwork
What to buy: You'll find intricately carved woodwork pieces in many shops in Cusco, as well as interesting pottery and ceramics.