One of the first stops on any cultural travel itinerary should be the local market. This single destination can tell you so much about the Andean culture.
Cusco’s central market, located West of the Plaza de Armas near the San Pedro Train Station, is a vibrant spot that can keep you entertained for hours.
Here you can have a first-hand look at how locals live their day-to-day, outside the confines of Cusco’s tourist zones.
By observing the scene you can:
- hear the language as it is spoken and properly pronounced
- view the gestures and habits that are common to the Andean culture
- smell the scents of local produce and flora
- absorb the styles and textures of the local fashion
- see the fruits, vegetables and meats that make up the main staples of traditional meals
- taste the local delicacies (if you’re daring enough you’ll get a great deal!)