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Buying art in Cusco

Buy directly from artists

Chinchero hat bands

Art is everywhere you go in Cusco. The San Blas neighborhood is the place to go to see artisans in their workshops. Many artists sell their work directly in the streets. You can buy everything from handmade jewelry and weavings to paintings and carved gourds. While shops often have marked prices, feel free to bargain with people selling in the streets.

Cusco paintings

If you want to buy art from the Peruvian Amazon, try Xapiri Ground, on Plazoleta San Blas. They have everything from ceramics (below) to Amazonian spears and arrows. They also have rotating artist exhibits in three gallery spaces and frequent artist events.

Xapiri ceramics

Edson Chacón Huari is a Cusqueñian artist who has his own gallery on Calle Carmen Alto (the corner with Calle Siete Angelitos) where he also invites guest artists. Iskay Gallery is about 90% his own art (below).

Edson Chacon Huari

Máximo Laura is an artist from Ayacucho whose only gallery and museum is in Cusco. His work is truly unique and worth a stop, even if only for a few minutes. The gallery/museum is only a block from the Plaza de Armas, next to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina.

Maximo Laura Tapestry


Art & Artisanal Crafts

Cusco City

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper