San Pedro Market
Attractions & Activities In Cusco & The Sacred Valley
Want to pick up ingredients for caldo de cabeza (goat’s head soup)? Keen to try cuy al palo (roasted guinea pig)? No? Never mind. Even if you’re not an adventurous eater, a visit to San Pedro Market is well worth doing if only to experience an authentic slice of everyday life in this city.
A trip to San Pedro Market, located just a few blocks southeast of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, is no average grocery run. Local vendors here sell foodstuffs that vary from fresh and tasty produce (think fruit, vegetables and cereals) to more grisly delights (pig heads and fried rodents). Adventurous eaters can sample some of the ready-made meals at the hot food booths and quench their thirst with freshly squeezed juices. Perhaps pick up a bouquet of blooming flowers, medicinal herbs or even supplements, some of which are said to have magical effects.
This market is a place for discovery. Follow unfamiliar smells to their source and examine and even taste unusual produce – the likes of which simply doesn’t feature on the supermarket shelves of Europe and North America. Food is really only one part of its appeal, though. The market, a lively and animated place, is worth visiting for atmosphere alone. Bargain with vendors for the best price, rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy just a little taster of what life is really like in Cusco.
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