Cusco shopping is fun. You can buy so many handmade, beautiful crafts. As well as the major markets in Cusco, there are lots of more intimate ones, tucked away in little alcoves and cobbled streets.
If you are serious about buying some travel keepsakes for your home (or for yourself) then I would highly recommend saving your cash whilst you’re in Lima and splashing it in Cusco (including the nearby villages).
Peru Souvenirs in Cusco
Wandering what to buy or how much luggage room to save? You’ll find beautiful woven rugs with traditional patterns, hippy handbags, backpacks and purses. Fusion art prints, coasters, throws and blankets. Basically allll the soft furnishings.
I brought a big piece of canvas art, which they rolled into a tube so I could carry it in my hand luggage. I also brought a huge rug for my living room that I haggled for and got at a bargain price. And some coasters.
Prices are cheap, though you’ll have to haggle to get a good deal. That said, there’s no harm in paying for the full price if you really want it and it seems reasonable to you. Just remember to take cash with you.
Where to Shop in Cusco
The markets in Cusco tend to be a little more creative and full of what seems like more genuinely hand-crafted prettiness.
The Plaza de Armas is a lovely square full of quirky restaurants and cafés, and interesting little shops. There are lots of cobblestone pathways leading from all sides of the plaza and the majority are dotted with small markets or stalls. I’d recommend heading up Saphi – on the right-hand side there’s a small alcove that leads to a lovely little warren of goodies.
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North West of Cusco, you’ll find the little village of Ollantaytambo. If you’re off to do the Inca Trek, you’re probably likely to pass through it. It’s an It’s an Inca archaeological site, also known as The Sacred Valley.
Admittedly it is full of tourists. However, it is also full of Peruvian style: leather satchels, throws, cushion covers, purses, rugs, ponchos and a whole lot more.
On your way to the starting point of the Inca Trek, you can stop off at a local community to see how they make their brightly coloured clothing. Forget harsh chemicals, it’s all done with insects, flowers and stones – amazing, right?
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Where to Stay in Cusco
I stayed in Tierra Viva Cusco Saphi and absolutely loved it. A central location – just off the plaza, so near the markets – stylish rooms and friendly staff. You can read my full review here.
Have you been to Peru? Did you prefer the shopping in Lima or Cusco?