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Shopping in Peru
 
 
 

General

Peru is one of the top shopping destinations in Latin America, with some of the finest and best-priced crafts anywhere. Its long traditions of textile weaving and colourful markets bursting with tourists have produced a dazzling display of alpaca-wool sweaters, blankets, ponchos, shawls, scarves, typical Peruvian hats and other woven items. Peru's ancient indigenous civilisations were some of the world's greatest potters, and reproductions of Moche, Nasca, Paracas and other ceramics are available. In some cities – especially Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa – antique textiles and ceramics are still available. Some dealers handle pieces that are 1,000 years old or more (and others simply claim their pieces are that old). However, exporting such pre-Columbian artefacts from Peru is illegal.

Lima

The capital, Lima, has the greatest variety of shopping in Peru, from tiny boutiques to artisan and antiques shops. Shopping at markets in Sierra villages and buying direct from artisans on Lake Titicaca are better experiences, certainly, but you'll most likely have to bring the things you bought back to Lima anyway.

Lima has a number of modern department stores (Ripley in Miraflores, and San Isidro and Saga Falavella in San Isidro), as well as malls (Larco Mar in Miraflores, and Jockey Plaza in Surco and La Molina), so if you have forgotten anything at home it will probably be quite easy to find there.

Shop for alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, gold, Inca walking sticks, miniature handmade statues, woven-straw items, ponchos, llama rugs, cotton and linen fabrics, blankets, silver, tapestries, wood and leather products, Andean oil paintings, silkscreen prints and pottery. The Mercado de los Indios (Indian Market) on Petit Thours Street in Miraflores is the best place in the capital to buy a variety of handicrafts from all over Peru. The gold- and silver-filigree work can be excellent. Along Jiron de la Union (Union Street) in downtown Lima, you'll find hundreds of shops filled with all the souvenirs a tourist could desire. There are also good shops in the deluxe hotels. Bargaining is the rule in markets, but prices are fixed in hotel shops. You will get better-value items in the smaller towns.

There are a number of modern art galleries and contemporary craft stores in Barranco; many of these are located on Saenz Pena.

Be aware that no one can export artefacts or antiques. If you want to buy anything that looks remotely old, contact the Peruvian Institute of Culture to verify that you can take it home with you. Stuffed animals, animal skins or handicrafts made with the feathers of certain birds are also illegal.

 

 
 

 



 


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