Guide to San Pedro Market
GUIDE TO SAN PEDRO MARKET
During your stay in Cusco, visiting the surrounding markets is a must. Luckily, Cusco B&B is located right across from San Pedro Market, Cusco’s largest and most popular market. Here, you can find nearly anything you need, from fruits and vegetables to bags and clothing.
If you have yet to try fresh juice in Cusco, then San Pedro is the perfect place to do it! You will be flagged down by multiple stall vendors wanting you to try their juice as you walk through the market; there are approximately 30 fruit stalls. Generally, every stall will be selling the same juices for the same prices. Once you choose your stall, all you have to do is choose your juice, and it will be pressed right in front of you. Just make sure your juice is made with bottled water to avoid an upset stomach!
There are also many food vendors scattered throughout the market where you can eat an entire meal for about 5 sol ($1.50); you just have to be careful. Cleanliness is a big factor here, so aim for stands that have a high turnover rate and look the cleanest. This way, you can avoid food that has been sitting out for too long and won’t upset your stomach.
When shopping around, don’t hesitate to bargain! Vendors expect it and try to target foreigners with higher prices. Also, don’t be afraid to walk around a bit to find a better price; chances are you will see the exact same product elsewhere. If not, then you can always return to the first stand. Overall, visiting San Pedro Market is an important part of the traditional Cusco experience, and something you should definitely do during your stay here!