There are lots of tourist shops in Cusco, and poking around in the small stores, galleries and street stalls in San Blas and surrounding the various squares, such as the Plaza de Armas and the Plaza Regocijo, is fun for browsers. If you want good products, however, stick to the established boutiques, many of which also have outlets in Lima. For jewelry, visit Ilaria and Claudia Lira. For alpaca fashion, Kuna and La Casa de la Llama offer the most stylish choices. For art and textiles, prowl around the San Blas galleries and the Center for Traditional Textiles. When buying in markets, it is expected that you will negotiate on price. Some shops will also give you a better deal than the marked price if you pay cash or buy several things.
Consider combining your trip with one of these destinations.
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Machu Picchu may be Peru’s greatest draw, but a visit to the Sacred Valley, which surrounds Machu Picchu and Cusco, is also essential to understand the land that inspired awe in the Incas and the conquistadores.
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Anchored by its historic center, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Lima is a lovely place to explore for a night or two before venturing on to Peru’s main attractions. The city has been gentrified and...