When a market is filled with locals buying their daily produce, bread, cheese and sitting on stools elbow to elbow while enjoying caldo (soup), jugos (juices), or a cup of coffee – you know the market is legit!
I honestly believe there is no better way to experience a culture than through its food, and always try to stop by a local market when traveling. The Mercado San Pedro is a local market in Cusco and basically has everything you would need. The market is big, the length of about 3 blocks, and a block wide, and packed with vendors. It has aisles upon aisles of fruit, vegetables, food stalls, food products, pastries, juices, herbs, textiles, and all sorts of other stuff.
Oh, and a super interesting meat section. It was not like anything I’ve seen before – organs laid out on display, animal heads, brains, pickled snakes! Brace yourself (and your stomach) before going to this section – it is absolutely fascinating though.
Take a look!