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Pisac Market - Market Pisac - Peru

The Pisac market is a must-see for those visiting the Cuzco region. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, the streets fill to overflowing with artisans selling their goods and tourists from all over the world buying them. Even if you must go to Pisac on another, non-market day, you'll find a lot of the same stuff for sale in little shops around town. Sunday is the best and busiest day to visit by far. Villagers from miles around pack up their llamas and donkeys in the early hours of the morning in order to arrive and set up stalls where they sell vegetables and other produce. Even if you're not a shopper, the market is worth a visit. It's a great place to take photos and people-watch. Many of the cafés around the market have second-story balconies providing good views of the commotion below. The quality of the goods can be a little sketchy, and, if you're looking to spend a lot of money on any one item, you're better off in a fine gallery or store in Cuzco or Lima. But prices are low (though higher than in the Cusco markets) and it is a great place to buy memorable souvenirs for friends back home.

Most of the goods sold at the Pisac market are textiles, jewelry, ceramics, hats, antiques (buyer beware) and sweaters, to name a few. Bargaining is standard practice in the Pisac market. Some tips: Never make the first offer-wait until the seller starts with a price. Don't be afraid to walk away from a price you don't like. Chances are you'll see the same thing further on. Another good tip is to buy a lot of things at the same stall, even if they're not of the same type (for example, gourds, sweaters, tapestries, etc.). Vendors will often discount prices for those buying in bulk. Be aware of your location; stalls tucked into back regions of the market will often have better prices than stalls nearer the bus stops and on strategic corners.

The Pisac market ends around five o'clock when the last of the tour buses go back to Cuzco. If you're staying in town, the end of the day is also a good time to look for bargains, since some of the sellers may be a little more willing to make a deal rather than pack up their goods for next time.

Pisac, Peru

Market Types:
Craft market, General market, Artisan, food, Cothes, materials, leather goods, art

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
19 Apr 2012

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