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Cusco ChocoMuseo: From Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop
"Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the museum and the chocolate workshop. A professional guidewill explain to you how to make chocolate from the bean to the bar. Understand the history behind the famous cocoa beans you will learn the different steps of the chocolate making process and participate to 4 of them: roasting the cocoa beans removing cocoa husk grinding the cocoa nibs on a metate with a mano and refining the cocoa paste in a melangeur.Finally you will prepare and savor delicious hot chocolates as well as creating your own chocolates with your choice of ingredients. You will be able to leave with all of your handmade chocolates unless of course
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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour by Train
"At 3:55am in the morning you will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Cusco and driven to the train station at Ollantaytambo. Here you will catch the train that will take you to Machu Picchu. You will take the train at 6:40am to Aguas Calientes arriving around 8am. Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes to take you to the bus up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride is about 30 minutes. You should arrive at Machu Picchu around 8:45am and enter the site.During a guided your bilingual guide will explain all about the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu and visit all the major sites within the lost city. The guided tour will take around 2:30-3 hours. You can climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (tickets need to be purcha which is a 1.5 to 2 hours round trip hike. The entrance time is 10am to 11am so if you choose to take this tour your guided tour will be faster in order to finish in time to enter Huayna Picchu.After the Machu Picchu guided tour
From $410.00
 
Half-Day Cusco City Tour
"Cusco is a city that mixes the mysterious indigenous culture of the Incan civilization with modernity. Cusco is considered as the archaeological capital of not only Peru but of all the Americas. It is a city that has to be shown to the entire world with its ruins preserved in their traditional structure. The city was the capital and the heart of the Incan empire during the 14th and 15th centuries and today serves as the most visited tourist city in the country of Peru.The Passengers will be the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun Korikancha where the Incas used to worship the Sun God. The tour continues outside the city to go through the old constructions Incas of Kenko Tambomachay Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. Famous for its large external walls
From $32.00

Pisac Market Tips (7)

Pisac Market: Bartering instead of Bargaining at Pisac Market

Like most of the market areas in Peru, bargainig is expected at Pisac Market. However, we added a different twist to it by introducing some American commodities into the equation. From a previous trip to Morocco where a pack of chewing gum sealed a carpet deal on favorable terms, Andrea realized that American clothes and school supplies might be valued in Peru. She bought some children's clothes on sale and brought them with her to Pisac and Aguas Calientes. Her instincts were proved right.
The predominantly female vendors were very eager to trade their wares for children's clothes -- after all, this would save them a long trip to Cusco. And when their children became fond of an item, the bargaining power swung toward Andrea. Hearing kids say "I want it! I want it!" made it hard for the mothers to resist. WE got some great deals in exchanging clothes for souvenirs.
We found that the vendors in Cusco's market didn't want to bargain. With clothes full of American goods so close, they preferred our cash.

What to buy Alpaca goods (sweaters, blankets, rugs), plates, ches sets, jewelry.

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Apr 05, 2005

Various: Pisac Market

Prices in Cusco can be very high since it's very touristy and the hub of all activities in the Sacred Valley, including Machu Pichu. Instead, if you are planning a daytrip(s) to the Sacred Valley sites to see Sacsayhuman, etc do your shopping at the Pisac market. The market is only on Sundays. You can hone your haggling skills and get some unbelieveable bargains!

Most bus tours of the Sacred Valley make a stop at the Pisac market if the tour is on a sunday. I would time my visit to the area for this, because you wouldnt want to miss the shopping action!

What to buy Local crafts like peruvian dolls, alpaca wool sweaters, pottery, brass and iron crafts, beads, etc etc.

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jackfruit
Jan 05, 2004

Choose from Hundreds: Pisac Sunday Market

The Pisac Sunday market is for both tourists and locals. There are hundreds of booths with local crafts, food and supplies. Expect to bargin for what you buy unless you want to pay top price. Watch out for the young lady in the picture, she is good at negotiating and made me pay too much.

What to buy Ceramics and weavings

What to pay I spent about 65 soles (~$32) in a 45 minute stop

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AlbuqRay
Jan 02, 2004

Pisac Market: Pisac Market

Pisac market is close to the Scared Valley and Sacsaywaman. Many tour buses which go to the Sacred Valley may make stops here as well. Remember that the markets are only open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 AM-5 PM.

The best day to visit is on Sunday. It is on Sundays that the locals set up a mercado de treque (trade market). This market dates back to the ancient Peruvian days where Peruvians in the highlands depended on trade. The natives trade vegetables, herbs and potatoes for other goods like matches, oranges and medicines. Excellent pictures can be taken of people in their native dress and of the colorful fruits, vegetables, dyes and spices.

Also, on Sundays there are masses held at San Pedro Apostol de Pisac at 6AM and 11AM. You can see Peruvian people walk out in their Sunday best after mass. When mass is not going on you can check out the church. You can see interesting colonial paintings inside.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, you can go to the Pisac artesian market. Here, you can haggle for goods such as carved gourds, carved chess sets, alpaca goods, weaved blankets and other goods. I have no haggling skills, it seems. For a statue I liked, I thought I got a good price of 60 sols for which 120 sols was being asked. However, other friends in my group were able to get the same statue for 40 sols. It would seem the sellers ask for 75% more for their goods. Another tip is that if you buy different goods at the same stall you can get more of a discount as well. Look for stalls that are not in a central area, the people here will give you more of a discount to buy their goods.

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May 18, 2006
 
 
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Mercados, expecially the one in Pisaq: Hand crafts

I would like to recommend especially the market of Pisaq to boy souvenirs or other hand crafts. In Cusco you also find a lot of offers, but the Pisaq market shall offer better quality and a bigger variety. Besides there are always some interesting events for tourists coming with the market as e.g. traditonal dances and music.

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chancay
May 05, 2003

Pisac Market: Best deal in all of Peru

The market offers some of the best deals on jewelry, crafts, and musical instruments. Things are much more expensive in Lima and Cusco. So buy your souvenirs in Pisac.

What to buy Chess set with Incans vs. Spaniards.
Silver jewelry.
Peruvian musical instruments.

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raraavis
Oct 27, 2005

Downhill side of the Pisac Market: Pisac Supermarket

The Pisac Sunday market is special for the locals too; however, they are no doubt there more for the produce than the art and antiques, which the tourists want.

What to buy Art, antiques and produce

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Sacsayhuaman

The ruins are still pretty much in a natural state although preservation work has begun. The fortress was built by the Inkas in the 1300's on the site of earlier occupations. it commands a view over...
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Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

This church and convent are built on top of the Inca temple of Coricancha although much of the original temple was preserved inside the church. This was done as a means of stamping out the local...
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Main Square

Plaza de Armas is the historic center of the city and, as such, it has witnessed many important events, including Francisco Pizarro's declaration that Spain had conquered Peru and, almost 250 years...
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Hatun Rumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

As they walk up Hatun Rumiyoc Street, visitors might not realize that they are walking on one of the original Inca roads of Cusco. The narrow street is now lined with attractive shops one one side,...
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San Blas

A much simpler Adobe Church set in a beautiful plaza. what it lacks for ornateness on the outside is made up for in the wonderful wood carved alter on the inside. The church sits in a little local...
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The Cathedral

A definite must see. It towers over and dominates the Plaza De Armas. Inside you get a feel for what happened to all the Inca gold and silver. The altars inside are fantastic! Made of silver and gold....
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