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Mercado Central de San Pedro
Mercado Central de San Pedro

Mercado Central de San Pedro

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There is a certain irony that one of the best sites in Cusco really isn’t a site at all. Rather, the Mercado Central de San Pedro (San Pedro Market) is simply the place in the center of Cusco where most of the locals go for their groceries.

The difference, however, is that grocery shopping in Cusco is a little bit different than shopping at the local market back back home. At the Mercado Central de San Pedro, all of the items are on vibrant display and are fascinatingly set right out in the open. You can wander the stalls past towers of fruit and be greeted by a pig’s head on the very next corner. You can shop for a dozen varieties of potatoes and then watch someone purchase a bag of fried guinea pigs. It’s an authentic look at everyday culture which lies outside the circuit of regular sights.

There is also a food court that serves local dishes at a fraction of the cost of most local restaurants. While some of the food might be safer than others (the quinoa and vegetables being a safer bet than meat that is served with visible hair), dining at the market is a unique experience where you can share in the flavors of Cusco with the locals.

In addition to shopping for produce and meat, there are also sections devoted to selling crafts such as textiles and Andean art. Haggling over prices is readily expected, although be sure to keep an eye on your wallet and valuables since pickpockets have been known to troll through the aisles.

All in all, however, the Mercado Central de San Pedro is one of the best stops in Cusco for experiencing everyday Andean life.

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Daily until 5pm
Plaza de San Francisco, Cusco, Peru
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Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco

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Explore a local market in Cusco, then take a workshop on Peruvian cuisine during this 4-hour culinary experience. Learn about the functions of traditional Andean kitchens and local specialties from a professional Peruvian chef. Tastings, meal, and drinks included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Peruvian Cooking Classes + Market Tour

Peruvian Cooking Classes + Market Tour

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We Cook Peru has the best-rated cooking classes in Cusco, we offer a unique and professional culinary experience. Unlike other cooking classes in town, we have a professional kitchen and plenty of space for you to cook and enjoy your food.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Peruvian Cooking Classes

Peruvian Cooking Classes

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We Cook Peru has the best-rated cooking classes in Cusco, we offer a unique and professional culinary experience. Unlike other cooking classes in town, we have a professional kitchen and plenty of space for you to cook and enjoy your food.
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Spanish lessons in Cusco Peru, funny and useful !!!

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Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

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Immerse yourself in the grand colonial majesty of Cusco on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city. Wander winding Incan streets to discover the ancient Temple of the Sun, the sacred Convent of Santo Domingo and the colossal Cusco Cathedral. Gain insight into the fascinating history of the city with an interesting and informative guide as you explore one of Peru’s most treasured places on foot.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Peruvian Cooking Lessons

Peruvian Cooking Lessons

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Consideramos nuestra experiencia especial porque damos a conocer los alimentos e insumos propios de nuestra región andina, conociendo desde el productor/ vendedor hasta las diferentes aplicaciones que se les da a estos alimentos y enseñando el valor cultural y social que estos productos poseen. Los chefs encargados son profesionales formados en escuelas de cocina reconocidas y han trabajado en diferentes partes del mundo, y actualmente se esmeran para dar una experiencia única, que exceda expectativas.
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  • 3 hours
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Peruvian Cooking Classes

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With the help of our professional chef specialized in Peruvian cuisine, you can learn about the gastronomic history of our country, learn to prepare three unique dishes of our Peruvian cuisine, with techniques perfected by Peruvian chefs over time.
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Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

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Discover the wealth of history and fascinating modern-day culture of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, during this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. Get off the tour bus and out into the streets of this amazing Inca city, following your guide on foot through the city’s main square and past its imposing cathedral. You’ll also check out the impressive ruins of the Incas’ Qorikancha temple and do some shopping for produce and handicrafts at San Pedro Market. This private walking tour also covers all site entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

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Tick off more Cusco attractions in less time on a private, half-day city tour, designed with history buffs in mind. With a private guide, you’ll visit ancient Inca archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay; explore the Historic Center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and admire landmarks such as Cusco La Catedral and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

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Explore the capital city of the Inca Empire on a half-day guided bike tour. Pedal through the ancient stone streets and visit famous landmarks such as the Cusco Cathedral, the four Suyus—the departure gates to the Inca trails—Plaza de Armas and more. Learn about the rich history of Cusco from your informative guide and take in the beautiful scenery of the city.
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Pisco Workshop

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Cusco Tour With Sacsayhuaman

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Be inspired as you walk through the ancestral streets and plazas of Cusco! You can walk through each era of history in this regal city; it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas! We can trace time from Native Americans to Incans to Spaniards and now to modern-day citizens of Cusco. Besides its historical importance, Cusco is an absolutely breath-taking city with a living culture and a cuisine highly-acclaimed on the world stage! For your first day in this majestic city, we recommend visiting all nearby archaeological sites and admiring the surrounding landscape. As a city, Cusco maintains its customs and traditions along with the mysteries and tales about a legendary past.
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  • 5 hours
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Peruvian Home Cooking

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Cuzco has a traditional cuisine as storied as this ancient Andean city itself, but it is most often created in family kitchens that are not accessible to visitors. With this home cooking experience, join a Cusqueña chef at the market to purchase ingredients and then try your hand at creating classic dishes at a home kitchen. End by sampling your handiwork over lunch, paired with local wine and a pisco sour.
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  • 5 hours
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Discover Cusco’s UNESCO-listed center and remarkably preserved Inca ruins on this full-day tour and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the archeological sites of Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman, and Tambomachay; admire Cusco landmarks including Plaza de Armas, Coricancha temple, and Cusco Cathedral; and browse the stalls at San Pedro market.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

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Explore the principal highlights of Cusco, covering both its modern-day and ancient-Inca traditions, during this private walking tour. Visit the one-time location of the Incas' Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha), known today for the Convent of Santo Domingo that occupies the site. Continue with a visit to Cusco’s Inca Museum, to learn about the rise of this amazing civilization, and stop by the city’s San Pedro Market for a glimpse of daily life for city residents.
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  • 4 hours
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First time in Cusco? Wondering where to go and what to see in this colorful city? We got you! Kickstart your time in Cusco with a 90-minute introduction to the city with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of Cusco and discover the best the city has to offer. Your local host will answer all of your travel questions and will provide you with local insights and recommendations according to your liking. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots of the city, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the city. Wander around the famous Plaza de Armas built on an important Inca meeting-spot, the must-see QoriKancha temple remains, and the impressive ‘Stone of 12 Angles’. Wander through colonial streets and get a taste of local life at San Pedro Market. Ready for a unique private journey through past and present?
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Half day tour to the: Inca Museum, Koricancha (Sun Temple) and San Pedro Market

Half day tour to the: Inca Museum, Koricancha (Sun Temple) and San Pedro Market

Dating back to the days of the Incas and the Spanish conquest, Cusco ranks among the most historically significant cities in Peru—but exploring without a guide means missing out on its hidden secrets. On this tour, visit the Inca Museum, Koricancha (the Sun Temple) and San Pedro Market with your guide. With entry fees plus round-trip travel from your Cusco accommodation included, gain insight into a civilization lost in time.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Cusco Private Food Tour

Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Cusco Private Food Tour

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Fall in love with the flavorful Peruvian cuisine on this delicious food tour in Cusco! Enjoy a selection of 10 tastings hand-picked by your foodie local host, just for you. From yummy must-tries like the famous ceviche ​to unique dishes like causa, a potato-based caked with a delicious filling; you’re in for a treat, so bring your appetite. During this culinary tour in Cusco, you will enjoy authentic local bites ranging from savory to sweet while also discovering the city and its highlights. Wander around the vibrant San Pedro Market, the oldest food market in Cusco. Explore San Francisco Square and admire its charming fountain and colonial architecture. And the cherry on top, do like the locals do and drink a Cusquena Beer that gets you in the mood with a Peruvian vibe. What can be better than that? Looking for a vegetarian alternative? It’s possible! The tour has been created with alternative tastings to fit your preferences. Just let your host know!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3-Days Cusco and Machu Picchu Trip

3-Days Cusco and Machu Picchu Trip

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No visit to Peru is complete without ticking off Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World, but planning your trip can often take a lot of time and effort. On this 3-day tour from Cusco, a local takes care of arranging your accommodation, transfers, and activities in order to ensure your vacation goes smoothly. Plus, exploring with a guide allows you to overcome the language barrier. 
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  • 3 days
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3 Days – Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley And Machu Picchu - All Inclusive

3 Days – Cusco City Tour, Sacred Valley And Machu Picchu - All Inclusive

As long as we meet our minimum of two people, our Incredible Adventure Tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year. Just in 3 Days Enjoy Your Cusco City Tour – Enjoy Your Sacred Valley Tour & Enjoy Your Machu Picchu Private Experience. Our Machupicchu travel designers have years of experience in delivering tailor-made family trips, and your dedicated designer offers you this planned experience for a seamless adventure you can just sit back and enjoy. Starting with the make-up of your family, to the purpose of the trip we will help you put together a completely bespoke and personalized travel plan. This will be based entirely on your interests, preferences and time to assure you that, just because you are a family, you in no way miss out on the very best of experiences, refined style and superb service.
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  • 3 days
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Machu Picchu Tour 4 Days

Machu Picchu Tour 4 Days

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Explore the best of Cusco and the Sacred Valley on this comprehensive 4-day tour. Visit key archeological landmarks such as Saqsaywaman, Qorikancha, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo and learn about the history of the ancient Incas. Visit the famous citadel of Machu Picchu in the early morning and explore the ancient ruins with a tour and on your own before heading back to Cusco.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$703.00
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

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On this day tour you'll visit key Incan highlights to experience Cusco at the grassroots level. Start at the vibrant San Pedro local market, then head out of town to explore two major Inca sites: Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by amazing landscapes before returning to Cusco by foot, learning about the history and culture along the way.
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  • 5 hours
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Guided Waking City Tour in Cusco

Guided Waking City Tour in Cusco

Cuzco is the Historic Capital of Peru, one of the most important cities for tourism and its wonderful tourist attractions located in the city. Enjoy during the tour of the view of the Peruvian Andes and the capital of the Inca Empire. admire the archaeological sites and the Spanish Inca and colonial architecture. The Plaza de Armas is the center of the ancient city, with galleries, carved wooden balconies and ruins of Inca walls. The convent of Santo Domingo, in the Baroque style, was built on the Temple of the Inca Sun (Qoricancha) and the traditional market of San Pedro, the famous neighborhood of San San Blas, very artistic. Observe the culture and our people with their everyday practices. If possible, enjoy Cusqueña cuisine during our walk.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors

Cusco Local Tastes and Flavors

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Taste your way through Cusco on a culinary tour of the city’s street food and markets. Travel by public transport along with a guide to the San Jeronimo market, a chicheria (seller of fermented corn drink), and a traditional restaurant, learning about the food and Peruvian culture as you go. Additional stops include a textile organization and medicinal plant center.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Mercado Central de San Pedro hours of operation: Daily until 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mercado Central de San Pedro can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 59 Mercado Central de San Pedro tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Mercado Central de San Pedro costs USD 12.00. Guided Mercado Central de San Pedro tours start around USD 12.00 per person. See all 59 Mercado Central de San Pedro tickets and tours on Viator.