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The Most Popular Markets in Peru

The Most Popular Markets in Peru are among the best itinerary stops to experience the authentic sights, sounds, aroma’s and tastes of local culture. are among the best itinerary stops to experience the authentic sights, sounds, aroma’s and tastes of local culture. Peru’s markets are no exception. Our list of the best markets in Peru will ensure you don’t miss out on an incredible glimpse of everyday Peruvian life.

The following markets are organized by region as per our guide to food in Peru, which contains a complete list of the best markets to visit in Peru.

Mercado Surquillo – Lima

A short distance from Kennedy Park is one of the best food markets in Lima. A true feast for the senses – meat, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices (including medicinal plants) from across Peru are traded here. Fresh Ceviche, fried fish and rice dishes sold from the market stalls, at a very affordable price, attract visitors to the Mercado Surquillo from far and wide.

San Pedro Market – Cusco

A trip to Cusco is not complete without a trip to the San Pedro market. This market is as authentic as Peru, and locals shop at this market every day to stock up on products and groceries. The market is located in the interior and includes many food stalls and different vendors such as: vegetables, breads, meats, flowers and others. Be sure to try their fresh fruit smoothies, which are the perfect refreshing treat on a hot day.

San Camilo Market – Arequipa

There are few words to describe the scale of the San Camilo Market. Covering several blocks in the center of Arequipa, the market’s spectacular roof was engineered 130 years ago by Gustave Eiffel. The covered outdoor market feels more like a temple to the produce of Peru, than a spot where Arequipa residents purchase daily supplies like fresh fruit, potatoes, beans, breads, cheeses, jams and delicacies including the giant guinea pig.

Mercado Modelo – Chiclayo

One of the most popular markets in Peru. The Mercado Modelo is a one-stop shop for everything a Brujo (‘shaman’ or ‘witch doctor’) needs to brew their potions. Here, expect to find a fascinating array of intriguing paraphernalia including whale bones, amulets, snake skins, hallucinogenic tonics and herbs. This is also the only market in our list covering the cuisine of Northern Peru.

Belen Market – Iquitos

Every morning before sunrise, boats arrive at the port of Belen filled with produce from nearby rainforests. Stalls sell an array of natural herbs, potions, powders and flowers that can only be sourced from the jungle, because many of the residents of Belén migrated from these rural parts. The market is off the main tourist trail and provides a very authentic glimpse of Peruvian culture.

For decades Cusco Journeys has been working with local experts across Peru, who are able to guide our guests around many of the best markets in Peru. Whether your interest is in sampling Peruvian gastronomy, learning about Peruvian food, or finding the best Peruvian souvenirs to take home, we’ll help you guide you through your perfect itinerary. 

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