7 Days in Peru: Day 2: Pisac Market

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Pisac Market Information

Trip to Peru Day 2
Location: The Sacred Valley, Pisac Market 
 
Cost: Free to walk around and explore, I’d plan about $200 soles ($75), to walk away with several quality souvenirs after some bartering.  
Time: Plan about 1.5-2 Hours for exploring, and shopping most the market.
Tips: It’s cheaper in the center of the market- the people on the edges typically charge the most. Bartering is expected, they will tell you a price much higher than they are willing to accept. Also, bring a calculator. Many think in numbers and don’t speak English well enough to barter. We tried to speak Spanish, but many wanted written or calculated numbers to show we were on the same page.
Should you walk the 30-minute walk down the steep mountain that houses the Pisac Ruins, you will find yourself walking straight into the very famous Pisac Market.
Pisac Market
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Peru, and The Sacred Valley, in particular, are famous for woven goods- bags, alpaca sweaters and blankets, and of course these very famous guys.
Textiles- Pisac Market

Tips for Visiting the Pisac Market

The Pisac Market we found had some of the best prices for some of the highest quality items. Just be sure to go further toward the center and you’ll find a better deal than the first vendors will give you.
Another amazing part of the market? The produce. Seriously some of the best, and when the locals and shopping there, you know you’re in the right place.

 

Locals- Pisac Market

 

Produce Pisac Market

We loved seeing many familiars, but a lot of unusual varieties of produce had us pretty excited to try new flavors and textures.

Produce Varities Pisac Market

 

Potato Varieties Peru

 

Potato Farmers Peru

 

Pisac Market Peru

 

Pisac Market Peru Fruit

 

Pisac Farmer's Market Peru Fruit

I settled on a green peach variety that was like a peach/apple mashup. Jacob settled on a sweet lime, peeled and eaten like an orange.

Pisac Market Info
I knew it was going to be an amazing experience when I was greeted by a new mountain dwelling friend wedged between the mountain and the market.
Pisac, Peru

If textiles aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other arts, crafts, and food items for purchase.

We left as night fell and the market closed, totally in love with this charming town, the amazing ruins, and one of the coolest and oldest farmers’ markets the world has ever seen.

Pisac Market in Peru

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20 Comments

  1. Fiona Naughton says:

    Such a fabulous looking market. The fresh produce, the colourful fabrics, the crafts… seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, browsing through all these wonderful things 🙂

  2. Mikaela D says:

    Markets are one of my favorite things to explore in foreign countries. This one looks amazing!

  3. Charlotte's Little Web says:

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos! And what a great tip on venturing to the center of the market for better bargains!! Enjoy the rest of your journey. Cheers!

  4. spiffykerms says:

    Peru!!! I would love love love love love to go there, these photos are incredibly vibrant, and gorgeous and sharp.

  5. Lindsay Living Vegan says:

    Yumm all those veggies look so delicious 🙂

  6. Chrissy Jordan says:

    Whoa! Yes, definitely take the walk! I don't think I could only spend 2 hours there! Was it hard to choose your purchases or did you have a plan in mind?

  7. Julianne Jayson says:

    looks like a blast. your pictures are so colorful.

  8. Day 2 looks like it was a success! I love the market pictures – the produce looks so fresh!

  9. Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking says:

    That market looks so fun, and it's either a small one or you got there super early. 🙂

  10. Brendy Beauty says:

    Gorgeous shots! That market looks like so much fun! I also love the mountain dwelling friend! 😉

  11. Ecuador InMyEyes says:

    Beautiful pictures! Peru is such a geourgous country. I've only been there three times and there is so much more I would love to see.

  12. Lynette Brown says:

    looks like an amazing experience, I would love to go to Peru, one day

  13. It all looks so beautiful and full of colour. I'd love to go to Peru! One day 🙂

    Katie <3

  14. celery and cupcakes says:

    The market looks like so much fun, so much colour!

  15. Brooke @ Youre in Brookelynn says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! I am in love with those colorful blankets 🙂

  16. Amby Felix says:

    I would h ave a field day! Is that black corn??? Wow I want to try everything!

  17. What amazing colors on those blankets!

  18. M. Mobery says:

    I love this, so beautiful. The tips about the market were really helpful too. Thanks!

  19. Ashley LaMar says:

    Oh my gosh how cool!!! I love those pictures and that looks like such a great time.

  20. Shannon Brown says:

    THAT is such a cool experience! I love the fact that there were locals shopping there too — not the cheesy tourist trap — but really great stuff! Fun day.

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