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Huanchaco Shopping - Shopping Huanchaco - Peru

For a town that hosts thousands of national and international tourists year round, there's not much shopping to be done in Huanchaco. The largest collection of souvenirs in one spot is at the Gran Feria Artesenal at La Ribera 735, open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Compared to the artisan markets in larger Peruvian cities, this one may be a bit disappointing in terms of size. In fact, if you're not looking for it, it's certainly possible to miss it altogether, as the entrance from the street is a small understated door in a larger complex that includes Western Union and several restaurants. Typical wares include T-shirts, leather sandals, jewelry, key chains, purses and other knick-knacks. However, the souvenir gift of all souvenir gifts in Huanchaco is something to remind you of the distinctive reed boats used for fishing. Although the nearly two dozen booths all sell virtually identical merchandise, the market does have two advantages over other shopping areas off the beach.

First is its proximity to one of the few ATMs in town, which happens to be just out front, and second is its two beachside restaurants, which are two of three restaurants in Huanchaco located directly on the beach rather than across the street from it. The menu is typical Peruvian seafood, but the majority of the clientele is more interested in sipping ice cold Inka Cola and Pilsen Trujillo while watching the beach scene than having a bite to eat.

Another good place to go for artesanía is Galería Artsanal Takaynamo (daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Av. Victor Larco 620), which is a market of about 20 shops that's just north of the pier.


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11 May 2012

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