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  • Address: Plaza de San Francisco, Cusco, Peru
  • Hours: Daily until 5pm

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Mercado Central de San Pedro Tours

There is a certain irony that one of the best sites in Cusco really isn’t a site at all. Rather, the Mercado Central de San Pedro (San Pedro Market) is simply the place in the center of Cusco where most of the locals go for their groceries.

The difference, however, is that grocery shopping in Cusco is a little bit different than shopping at the local market back back home. At the Mercado Central de San Pedro, all of the items are on vibrant display and are fascinatingly set right out in the open. You can wander the stalls past towers of fruit and be greeted by a pig’s head on the very next corner. You can shop for a dozen varieties of potatoes and then watch someone purchase a bag of fried guinea pigs. It’s an authentic look at everyday culture which lies outside the circuit of regular sights.

There is also a food court that serves local dishes at a fraction of the cost of most local restaurants. While some of the food might be safer than others (the quinoa and vegetables being a safer bet than meat that is served with visible hair), dining at the market is a unique experience where you can share in the flavors of Cusco with the locals. 

In addition to shopping for produce and meat, there are also sections devoted to selling crafts such as textiles and Andean art. Haggling over prices is readily expected, although be sure to keep an eye on your wallet and valuables since pickpockets have been known to troll through the aisles.

All in all, however, the Mercado Central de San Pedro is one of the best stops in Cusco for experiencing everyday Andean life.

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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco, Cusco, null
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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

This exclusive tour will take you to a local market in Cusco, then teach you about Peruvian cuisine during a hands-on cooking class in a modern cooking studio, ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00
Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour, Cusco, Cooking Classes
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Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

We will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 in the morning in private transport and drive about 20 minutes to the hills above Cusco.  We will visit the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Exclusive Private Peruvian Market Tour and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This exclusive, private tour will take you to explore San Pedro Market and then learn about Peruvian cuisine during a cooking experience in a modern cooking ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

Join this guided biking tour in the city of Cusco. Enjoy a close encounter on bikes with the local people, history, legends and traditions of the capital city ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors, Cusco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This tour gives you a chance to visit local markets that are seldom visited by tourists. We will travel by local us to the market at San Jeronimo where we ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
15-Day Tour from Lima: Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines, Lima, ... 
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15-Day Tour from Lima: Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

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Explore all the highlights of Peru on a 15-day tour from Lima. Travel to the Amazon Jungle and spot a great variety of native wildlife. Wander through the ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 15 days (approx.)

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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima, Lima, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

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Explore the best of the Andes on an 8-day tour of Peru departing from Lima. Visit the Sacred Valley including Ollantaytambo, the circular terraces of Moray and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, Lima, Multi-day Tours
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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

Explore Peru on a 10 day tour from Lima. Fly to the Amazon Jungle and see native wildlife in their natural habitat. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $2,041.00
Cusco City Sightseeing Tour, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Cusco City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 87 Reviews

Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99
Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This fabulous half day tour takes you around all the most important sites of Cusco, including visits to the Inca Museum, the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00

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