Shopping

Arts and crafts are inevitably sold wherever tourists gather. Popular souvenirs include alpaca wool sweaters and scarves, woven textiles, ceramics, masks, gold and silver jewelry and the backpacker favorite: Inca Kola T-shirts. While Lima offers a wealth of crafts, highly specialized regional items may be difficult to find.

Expensive foreign-language books and magazines are stocked at better bookstores, especially in Lima and Cuzco.

Bargaining is the norm at street stalls and markets, where it’s cash only. Prices are fixed in upscale stores, which may add a surcharge for credit card transactions.