Shopping in Central Highlands

  • Shopping in Ayacucho

    Edwin Pizarro

    The retablos (ornamental religious dioramas) from Edwin Pizarro’s workshop in Barrio Belén are highly recommended. He’s renowned locally as one of the best artisans in the business and will personalize his lovingly made creations by adding figures appropriate to the customer. The workshop is a tough 15-minute walk above central Ayacucho (opposite Templo de Belén) and can be hard to find: a taxi’s not a bad idea.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Mercado Mayorista

    A colorful produce market spills out from the covered Mercado Mayorista, east along the railway tracks. In the meat section, you can buy Andean delicacies such as frogs, guinea pigs and chickens; an incredible variety of unpronounceable fruits and vegetables also beckon. Don’t miss trying the tokuc (rotten potato drink). Many stalls open by 4am and stay open until midnight. Stallholders are friendly and let you try before you buy. Wandering through the different sections, the smells of different products rise up to hit you: it’s like a sensory crash course in the ingredients of classic Peruvian dishes. It’s one of Peru’s most interesting city markets, without doubt. The most important day is Sunday, coinciding with Huancayo’s weekly craft market.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Feria Dominical

    This craft market offering weavings, textiles, embroidered items, ceramics and wood carvings occupies numerous blocks along Huancavelica to the northwest of Piura. Mates burilados (carved gourds) and many other items from various villages in the Río Mantaro Valley are sold here – handy if you don’t have time to trek out to the villages yourself. Keep an eye on your valuables.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Real Plaza Mall

    The main Western-style mall in the Andes, providing a stark contrast with the timeless city market outside its doors.

  • Shopping in Huancayo

    Casa del Artesano

    Handy if tame Casa del Artesano is an indoor crafts market with a wide range of art souvenirs for sale in a secure environment. Quality is, of course, diluted in comparison to the crafts being made in the Río Mantaro Valley villages. It's on the south corner of the plaza.

  • Shopping in Ayacucho

    Craft Market

    A rather tame handicraft market is open here during the day offering clothes and souvenirs.