Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chinchero Market

On Sundays, all the local residents and a few tourists gather at the Chinchero market in the Andes to buy, sell and trade. One section has indigenous craft items for the tourists, another section has household and clothing items and the middle section has all the local produce, herbs and flowers where residents do their weekly shopping, You can also purchase local food specialties such as flour, bread and pastries.

This market is like stepping back a couple of centuries. There is no refrigeration or electricity and most of the local residents barter, rather than purchase. There is a large variety of produce of excellent quality. It was a beautiful, warm afternoon and we enjoyed purusing the selections and watching both the local Andean people and the other tourists.

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