Wherever you are traveling in the world – markets are among the best itinerary stops to experience the authentic sights, sounds, aroma’s and tastes of local culture. Peru’s markets are no exception. Our list of the best markets in Peru will ensure you don’t miss out on an incredible glimpse of everyday Peruvian life.
The following markets are organized by region as per our downloadable guide to food in Peru, which contains a complete list of the best markets to visit in Peru.
Markets in Lima
Mercado Surquillo N°1 , Lima
A short distance from Kennedy Park is one of the best food markets in Lima. A true feast for the senses – meat, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices (including medicinal plants) from across Peru are traded here. Fresh Ceviche, fried fish and rice dishes sold from the market stalls, at a very affordable price, attract visitors to the Mercado Surquillo N°1 from far and wide.
Markets in Arequipa
San Camilo Market, Arequipa
There are few words to describe the scale of the San Camilo Market. Covering several blocks in the center of Arequipa, the market’s spectacular roof was engineered 130 years ago by Gustave Eiffel. The covered outdoor market feels more like a temple to the produce of Peru, than a spot where Arequipa residents purchase daily supplies like fresh fruit, potatoes, beans, breads, cheeses, jams and delicacies including the giant guinea pig.
Markets in Cusco & The Sacred Valley
Urubamba market, Sacred Valley.
If you’re looking to visit an authentic Peruvian farmers market, then look no further than the Urubamba market. Farmers sell locally grown produce here throughout the week, but this off-the-tourist-trail market really comes alive on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. On these days travelling vendors peddle rare and unusual (edible and medicinal) commodities from across the mountain ranges, rainforests and coastlines of Peru.
Markets in the Lambayeque region
Mercado Modelo, Chiclayo
One of the most interesting markets in Peru. The Mercado Modelo is a one-stop shop for everything a Brujo (i.e. a ‘shaman’ or ‘witch doctor’) needs to brew their potions. Here, expect to find a fascinating array of intriguing paraphernalia including whale bones, amulets, snake skins, hallucinogenic tonics and herbs. This is also the only market in our list covering the cuisine of Northern Peru.
Markets in the Loreto region
Belén market, Iquitos
Every morning before sunrise, boats arrive at the port of Belen filled with produce from nearby rainforests. Stalls sell an array of natural herbs, potions, powders and flowers that can only be sourced from the jungle, because many of the residents of Belén migrated from these rural parts. The market is off the main tourist trail and provides a very authentic glimpse of Peruvian culture.
For decades Aracari has been working with local experts across Peru, who are able to guide our guests around many of the best markets in Peru. Whether your interest is in sampling Peruvian gastronomy, learning about Peruvian food, or finding the best Peruvian souvenirs to take home, we’ll help you guide you through your perfect itinerary. We’ve even created a free downloadable guide to food in Peru. Speak to an Aracari Travel advisor today to learn more.