We ended our trip in Urubamba after starting in Cusco, then venturing on to Aquas Clalientes. In the first two cities, we were bombarded by street vendors and surrounded by booths of trash and trinkets - it was all too much. In Urubamba, it's quite the opposite - there is little to buy in the way of arts and crafts (fruits and fresh meats are plentiful). I was still hoping to bring home a little something (having resisted the previous mass markets) and found Artesania Juanita thanks to the first TripAdvisor review.
We were delighted to find a small shop with a mix of local crafts, and a lovely selection of hand-crafted jewelry made by the owners. We were welcomed, served, but never pushed.
My boyfriend had bought a bracelet in one of the earlier markets, and at Artesania Juanita, he was able to affordably change the clasp and have a silver charm added - all at fraction of the cost of what we saw in the larger towns.
In a town that still has it's authenticity, Artesania Juanita is the real deal.
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