Visiting the Mercado San Pedro (San Pedro Market) in Cusco - surprises around every corner!

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! 

 San Pedro Market, Cusco

San Pedro Market, Cusco

 Breads bigger than my head! 

Breads bigger than my head! 


 Aisles upon Aisles of juice stalls 

Aisles upon Aisles of juice stalls 

 Friendly vendors with the freshest fruit!

Friendly vendors with the freshest fruit!

 LOVING my fresh juice - for under a dollar! 

LOVING my fresh juice - for under a dollar! 

 Corn, corn, and more corn kernels

Corn, corn, and more corn kernels

 We even found some Bollywood movie DVDs - Cine Hindu as they call in Peru :) 

We even found some Bollywood movie DVDs - Cine Hindu as they call in Peru :) 

 Enjoying caldo (soup) - seemed to be a popular choice

Enjoying caldo (soup) - seemed to be a popular choice

 Donkey heads. Hmm. (Photo by Flickr user Chuck Moravec)

Donkey heads. Hmm. (Photo by Flickr user Chuck Moravec)

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