Mercado Indios

Mercado Indios, Lima: Address, Mercado Indios Reviews: 4/5

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Jean F
Marietta, GA56 contributions
Aug 2019
A wide variety of Peruvian crafts can be found here - beautiful sweaters and blankets from alpaca wool, silver jewelry - modern styles or with Peruvian themes, backpacks, totes, purses. There are lots of booths so you are sure to find something for everyone there. For the best bargaining power, have cash on hand, either soles or American dollars will work. And when you run out of cash, most take credit cards as well.
Written August 19, 2019
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R A
310 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This place is filled with colorful items such as sweaters, scarfs, silver jewelry,bags, and on and on.One is not sure that if the grade of silver is good; the baby Alpaca is even Alpaca; hand made is really machine made in China; but if there is something attractive and the price is right, go for it. Take cash with you and bargain. Be fair. If you are travelling to the sacred valley and other places in Peru you will find similar and slightly better places. Do not buy expensive items like ponchos made with baby alpaca or, pure leather, pure silver jewelry etc. for a high price, unless you can be sure of the quality.
Written January 30, 2018
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Ana Pimenta
Madrid, Spain105 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Good stop for handcrafts and souvenirs in Lima. If you are planning to visit other places in Peru, like Cuzco, is cheaper there than here. Otherwise this is one of the best places to buy stuff.
Written June 19, 2016
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ElenaIS
Iasi, Romania88 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
Thousands and thousands of items of diferent arts, very colorful and diverse. Vendors easily lie, saying what they imagine you would like to buy. I was astonished how they were looking in my eyes saying "Miss, alpaca, baby alpaca! ..." showing me ponchos made of synthetic fibre, not even ordinary sheep wool. Some naive aquaintances of mine bought such "alpaca" ponchos and schawls and when we tested it prooved to be pure synthetic. Most of the items do not have a label to describe the nature of the material. Or even funnier, outside there is a label with " Royal alpaca and vicuna" and inside there is a label with "alpaca". They also lie when is about "handmade". Of course they will say about eveything that is handmade and even relate you a story about who did it. So take care what you buy. And, of course, negotiate the price. Most of vendors do not give an invoice, probably will not pay any taxes for that item. And don't forget, in Peru you as foreigner cannot not refund the VAT for the goods you bought.
Written February 9, 2015
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LindaWanderer2013
Sedona, AZ157 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Visited this market as part of a tour and, by the time everyone had gone to the toilets, there was not enough time to look at everything. Very nice alpaca sweaters and cardigans, hats, gloves, lovely jewelry, interesting craft items. They are not big on bargaining, though you can get the price reduced a bit, especially if you are willing to buy several items. For the handicapped - there are a few steps from the road but also a ramp - the floor is a bit slippery. I found out later that prices here were higher (surprise) than in Paracas but I am happy with my purchases.
Written January 3, 2015
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,370 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
For the shopping activities in your to do list, this is the place to go. There are many shopping areas in the immediate neighborhood from artesanias, magnets, souvenirs, alpacas, paintings, jewelries, clothing, shawls, bags, blankets, placemats, and all conceivable to the imagination. Prices are competitive since all the vendors are competing for your dollars. I bought some blankets and kitchen gadgets here. Their operating hours stay open well into late night around 11 pm on weeknights. We walked here from Diez Canseco and Alconfores and it was about ten minutes.
Written June 19, 2019
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RoamingMenehune
New York City, NY197 contributions
Jun 2018 • Business
It’s worth a trip - there are a lot of nice handicrafts but you need to make time to sift through the merchandise in all of the stores BC it can feel a little bit overwhelming. Some of them just sell what feels like very commercially available merchandise whereas others have quality handicrafts where the store owners are artisans themselves. I bought my daughter a woven flower headband that was made by the store owner, and a few handmade bags with embroidery. I made it in and out in about an hour though I would’ve liked another 30-45m. Prices seemed fair - got some small woven pochettes with big pompoms for $7 each, a carved nativity scene Christmas ornament for $4 and a woven bead necklace for $12.
Written June 2, 2018
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Pedro
Glendale, WI598 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
There are several markets in this area and Indios is one of them. The merchandise varies a bit with some specialty stores from leather, llama wool sweaters to woven goods. Jewelry, cotton and t-shirts are pretty easy to find in multiple stores. Don't see something you want, ask a shopkeeper and they will direct you. Walk around, get to know what is available and then shop. If you buy a lot of stuff, then pick a shop that has what you want, fill up your basket and negotiate. It's easy to get 25% off their list if you buy enough or they will throw in extra small stuff to keep you spending. One other thing to know is that several shops are owned by a family or company so pricing usually is pretty even across the board until you negotiate. Best things are the llama blankets and jewelry. You can also negotiate the dollar/euro exchange rate too.
Written December 17, 2017
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Raymond W
68 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
typical touristy souvenir market
tons of trinkets and little souvenirs for sale
haggle prices!!!
a lot of keychains, little llamas, clothes, hats, etc
my gf got a teddybear made from alpaca hair.....-_-
Written July 25, 2017
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,207 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We've now been to enough native markets in Peru to see the sameness in them. This particular market fits the pattern. There's a good mixture of native crafts, with a fair variety of stuff. Mostly low-end to middle-end items. Prices are always negotiable, with walking away a good tactic if your offer is not accepted. Or buy several items at the same place and ask for a much lower price.

You should test the zippers on anything you want to make sure that they work properly, something that we failed to do and regretted later. Still, there are things in the native markets that are well-made and hard to find in more upscale stores. Pirces are often reasonably low, and the quality, while variable, can be good. Native goods are less likely to be found in duty-free shops in the airport.
Written June 28, 2017
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