When you walk through the streets of Cusco, you will find hundreds of shops with samples of their crafts that will make you fall in love little by little. From clothing, such as original sweaters made with alpaca or llama wool, to decorative elements for the house such as ceramic vessels or colorful paintings by Cusco artists.
For helping you do not miss out on so much offer, here we leave you the perfect places where you can get the best craftsmanship of Cusco and its surroundings, of great quality and elaborated with ancestral techniques.
San Blas neighborhood
We started the artisan tour in the city of Cusco. The Barrio de San Blas is the artistic neighborhood par excellence. Here, in addition to shops with crafts of all kinds, you will find workshops of Cusco masters who will open their doors to explain you all their work process.
Among the most outstanding artisan families of San Blas, there are the Mendívil, the Olave and the Mérida. Do not hesitate to visit them, you can buy real works of art!
If you have time to leave the city, Chinchero is the best option. This district, located in the Sacred Valley and one hour north of Cusco, is the perfect place to learn about the work of Peruvian textile crafts.
The artisans of Chinchero will show you their techniques, inherited from the Inca Empire: they use leaves, plants or even parasites like the cochineal to color the wool of sheep, alpaca or llama. Thus, they create beautiful and colorful garments that are perfect for the cold nights of Cusco. Seeing these artisans work is exciting!
San Pedro Market
Returning to the city of Cusco, the San Pedro Market is one of the favorites for those who look for typical Peruvian gifts to take to their family or friends. This market has handicraft stalls on the sides and food stalls in the middle, so it is perfect to try delicious juices with exotic fruits and make last minute purchases before returning to your country or city.
In your excursions through the Sacred Valley you will also find good places to buy quality crafts. One of the best known is the Pisac Market, located 33 km northeast of Cusco.
In this small city, all types of businesspeople open their doors every day, so here you will find a wide variety of products: from textiles, silver jewelry and paintings to medicinal plants made with Andean herbs with recipes inherited from the Inca period.
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