Panorama of the Week: Cusco, Peru — Indigenous Crafts Market

In Cusco, Peru on the first Sunday of every month, a corner of the main square Plaza de Armas fills with indigenous crafts vendors from around the surrounding hills. If you get up early enough, you’ll have a chance to not only check out their wares without the crowds, but you’ll also enjoy a bit of conversation with the vendors about where they come from and how they acquired their skills.

As one vendor explained, “We like this market since we can sell directly to the customer instead of having to sell through shops. We make more for our families and the customer pays less. Good for everyone.”

How can you argue with that?

360-Degree Panorama: Monthly Crafts Market Plaza de Armas — Cusco, Peru

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  1. Hamptin says

    When you try to think about it vendors can have a greater income if they don’t see at shop wherein they need to rent…

  2. says

    I love going to weekend markets/open markets whenever I travel. It’s fun, interesting and colorful. I like this Cusco market. Burstingh with colors – a lot of red there, really bright

  3. says

    @Hamptin: Not only that, but when they can sell directly to the customer they don’t have to pay a middle person. Everyone wins.

    @Prime: We are the same – we always try to find open or weekly markets when we travel. Always fun to meet different people, learn about their products/produce first hand and just have a good time. And, usually they are quite lively and colorful.

  4. Astra says

    Very nice panorama. So beautiful houses around and this small market looks very colorful on such background.

  5. says

    @Astra: Cusco’s Plaza de Armas is one of the more beautiful main squares we’d seen in our travels throughout South America.

    @Thomas: We were on our way to Pisac that morning, but we enjoyed our conversations at the Cusco market so much (and took a lot of time), we decided to leave our experience at that.

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