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“Deceptively cool visit”

Mercado Central de San Pedro
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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco
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Ranked #18 of 173 things to do in Cusco
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Now if you want to see something really crazy, check out the Mercado Central de San Pedro. Not only will you have the usual offerings of vegetables, fresh juices, breads, and souvenir items like at the Cusco Artesian Market, but you’ll get to straight up see butchering of llama and alpaca (there was a dude with an axe hacking away at the body of an alpaca or whatever. I too frightened to take a picture of him). The smell of blood definitely made my stomach turn when I first walked it, but the sensation did go away after a while. Making sure that we weren’t just being nosy outsiders looking in, we started to chat up one of the llama head sellers and she was surprisingly very friendly and open to answering our questions. Definitely a deceptively cool place once you get over how shady and dirty it looks.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

This market has everything from clothes, accessories, fruit/veg, meat, cheese, bread and delicious fruit juice and food stalls. You can literally spend hours here wandering around and it gives you a great insight into Peruvian life. I highly recommend getting a fresh juice and something to eat.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Originally this was the most important after the parade for Cusqueños social center. Thousands of people came to do their domestics shopping, eating or drinking your favorite beverage. Also, the nearby villages came herding their llamas or mules were staying near the old houses in the surroundings of Cusco and sell their products in this market.
Subsequently, he remained the most important for those who lived in Cusco city. Those from remote villages found other smaller markets, to the present can be seen that many cars come in to sell their products.
The Mercado de San Pedro, today remains the center of commerce where they are from meat, milk, juices, etc. etc. and many foreign visitors are enjoying their food.
Its location, within walking distance of the main square, we recommend visiting and enjoy breakfast!

1  Thank VladimirVargasChauca
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

It's a market that is as popular with the tourist as it is with the local population. From the smell of the freshly made juices to the one of the meat resting on the counter waiting to be sold, to the view offered by the colorful shirts and wide variety of fruits, the market has everything to to awake all your senses. It is also possible to try a Peruvian food court. Just sit on the bench at one of the restaurants counter.

Thank ranna16
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

It's quite an interesting market for fruits, vegetables, huge breads, cheese, meat, juices etc. It gives you a flavor of the local tastes and preferences. You can also buy souvenirs here.

Thank Ganesh S
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