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Shops & Shopping

On our way to Ollantaytambo accompanied by the beautiful Andes.

Peruvian artists have produced some of the finest textiles in the world for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. They mainly work with alpaca and sheep’s wool, although the cheaper items in the markets are usually synthetic acrylic wool.

If somebody offers you a sweater for s/30 and says that it’s alpaca, you can laugh. Nothing made from alpaca wool, especially baby alpaca, is worth as little as s/30.

Haggling

Many shops in Peru do not mark prices and even the ones who do can often be talked into a discount of some sort. Don’t expect to be able to bargain away 50% but often 10-20% is a reasonable expectation. If you don’t like bargaining, just consider the extra 10% or so as a donation.

Art & Artisanal Crafts

Markets

Chocolate

Cacao grows here

Fair Trade & Ethical Shops

A growing market

Tumbes

Shopping on the Ecuadorian border

Alpaca wool

What’s baby alpaca wool?

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Flavius Torcea on Unsplash