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Mercado Central de San Pedro
Mercado Central de San Pedro

Mercado Central de San Pedro

Free admission
Plaza de San Francisco, Cusco, Peru

The Basics

Filled with bright colors and aromas, the stalls of the Mercado Central are packed with fruits, potatoes, herbs, and even bags of fried guinea pigs (a local specialty). Visitors sift through piles of handmade textiles and Andean art and crafts.

Travelers to the market have many options to explore as part of a half-, full-, or multi-day group or private tour. Excursions may include expansive explorations of Cusco and nearby archaeological sites, or may range farther afield to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, and Nazca Lines. Travelers may also choose a walking or bike tour, or a tour focused on local cuisine.

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Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
star-4.5
$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour to see the city
We enjoyed this tour & wanted to provide a special shout-out to Robin. He was a wonderful guide, kept everyone engaged & really went above and beyond for us.
Dara_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

star-5
Great Introduction to Cusco!
Parker_W, Jul 2022
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Marcelo was an incredible tour guide! He was an expert on Peruvian history and could answer every question we had in great detail. 10/10 would recommend this tour to anyone! Marco was our driver, and he was very kind and careful.
star-5
Cusco: a beautiful city
Pam_S, Jul 2022
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Our guide Manuel was very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the city and culture of Cusco. The tour gave us a chance to sightsee and shop in the local market and not tourist areas.
star-5
Great Experience!
Alexander_K, Aug 2021
Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market
This was a really great experience. Our host, Alvin, took us to parts of the city that I would have never known about if he had not taken us. He took the time to explain about the history of Cusco, and we left with a greater appreciation for the vibrant culture of Peru and Cusco!
star-5
Great Tour of Cusco
Keisha_T, May 2022
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Great tour! My husband and I were the only English speaking people on our tour. Our tour guide did an amazing job explaining the history and culture of Cusco to us. It was an awesome experience.
star-4
Great introduction to Cusco!
LeahChristiaC_C, Apr 2022
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
This was a nice intro to Cusco. We got to explore different different vantage points of the city, see various chapels, learn about the prdouce at the San Pedro market, and learn about the history of what made Cusco "Cusco". We ended the tour at Plaza de Armas, which is a beautiful square with eateries, shopping and vendors selling souvenirs.
star-5
Cusco walking tour
Preston_T, Jan 2022
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
We had a blast on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Cusco and its history. I highly recommend booking.
star-5
Great experienced guide who gave us a wonderful experience.
Lita_V, Oct 2021
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Touring the churches, the streets and the safe travel experience. It was a nice small experience and historical.
star-5
Great way to see all Cusco stops in one afternoon.
Jessica B, Nov 2019
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
We wanted a way to see the main sights of Cusco in one afternoon, with a little more history than if we were to just look at everything ourselves. This tour did all of that, plus organized the day so it was easy and efficient to see everything without having to order cars, follow maps, etc. Our guide was very kind and educated, and our driver was good and safe!
star-5
Cusco city tour
Rebeca_F, Oct 2019
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Tour guide was very proficient with the history of the city. We visited churches, archeological sites, markets, and other interesting places with Inkan history. He has a vast knowledge to share. We really enjoyed his sharing the culture, traditions and history of the places we visited.
star-5
Great Way to See Everything at Once
Dana V, Sep 2019
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
Cusco is a pretty small city, and this tour was a great way to see everything in one go. Our tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, giving us information we never would have gotten if we toured the attractions on our own. We really loved the market and the church, and lucked into walking by the 12-angle stone while no one else was around. Definitely a good way to spend the afternoon.
star-5
Must See Tour of Cusco with Wonderful Guide!
Geraldine_Y, Jul 2021
Cusco City Sightseeing, San Pedro Market, Cathedral and Qorikancha Temple
I'm so happy I made this booking! The tour company Viajes Pacificos was extremely organized and helped relieve any of my doubts about traveling solo. When I arrived to my hotel, a representative met me at my hotel to inform me where to meet my guide later that day. I was immediately put at ease! At the tour start time, Gabriel met me at my hotel as previously promised and we began our tour. I learned so much in such a short amount of time! Additionally, Gabriel was happy to take pictures of me in each of the locations which isn't always a guarantee when traveling alone. He gave great insight and I didn't feel rushed. The tour was by van and on foot. I am super grateful for the employees at Viajes Pacificos. I couldn't have explored the places I wanted to see in Cusco without them!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The market is suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
  • Bring cash, especially small bills and change.
  • Haggling over prices is expected.
  • Although the area is safe, it is wise to be careful about your wallet and valuables because pickpockets have been known to troll the aisles.
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How to Get There

Mercado Central de San Pedro is located at the Plaza de San Francisco, in the historic center of Cusco. It is easily accessible by foot if you are staying at any of the nearby hotels.

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When to Get There

The market is open year-round until 5pm daily. Join the locals who typically gather here in the mornings and at lunchtime to catch the energy of the market at its busiest.

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Eating at the Market

The food court serves local dishes at a fraction of the cost of most local restaurants. Some foods might be safer for visitors than others (choose quinoa and vegetables, for example, instead of ceviche), but dining at the market is a pleasure you should savor. If you choose a tour focused on cuisine, a local chef may teach you how to concoct the most delicious Pisco sours cocktails, as well as traditional Peruvian dishes with a modern twist.

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Mercado Central de San Pedro
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Mercado Central de San Pedro?
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Attractions near Mercado Central de San Pedro:
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What else should I know about attractions in Cusco?
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As well as visiting the Mercado Central de San Pedro, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: