In your luxury Peru vacations, and especially when you are visiting Machu Picchu, you will come across a variety of interesting products or souvenirs for sale that you will wish to take as a gift for your family, friends or even for you only.
Getting souvenirs on your luxury trip to Machu Picchu will be very entertaining. It is known that Peru is one of the best places in South America to buy handicrafts. The ancestral culture of the country is still very present in its communities, and for that reason, there are many textile styles and techniques that make the crafts of Peru, and the peculiar and representative of Machu Picchu, have a lot of history and authenticity.
It is important to take into consideration that by buying one souvenir, you support the local economy of the communities that produce them, as well as their culture.
Here some items for you to keep in mind in your search for the impressive souvenirs:
The best option and the most accredited in the matter of souvenirs in Peru are the sweaters, cap, and gloves made of alpaca. The typical Andean cap is called “chullo”, and you will recognize it by its earmuffs. Buy this chullo visiting Machu Picchu, you will look sensational at the pictures!
Alpaca wool is warm, has little weight, and is soft to the touch. In the handicraft markets, you will find many garments made in factories and some of all them hand-made. The wool called “baby alpaca” is even softer and more expensive. Although, you can find it in these artisan markets. If you are looking for extra fine quality, it will be preferable to opt for a recognized line store such us Kuna or Sol Alpaca.
The Andean textiles are beautiful and intricate. In the Sacred Valley and in the route from Cusco to Machu Picchu (some villages), the textile process is usually done by hand. It can take months to produce a single textile. The wool comes from local herds, is extracted by hand, dyed with natural colors, and then woven into blankets, rugs, table runners and other products. There are many options to obtain one of these artisan works and much better, visiting Machu Picchu.
Are very useful so if you need to carry goodies, snacks or some souvenirs on your trip, this backpack could be the solution. You can find many backpacks models made out of the traditional textiles. Duffel bags also come in similar traditional patterns and you will realize that multiple tourists at the airports in Peru get good use of them.
The alpaca dolls are totally adorable. Visiting Machu Picchu you will find many of them. Your kids, nephews, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, father, mother, everybody will love them.
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In Peru, these bulls symbolize fertility, happiness, and protection. It is a custom for the Peruvian Andean cities put two bulls in the rooftops of the houses. Nothing better than make an incredible gift of these colorful bulls.
The God of abundance, fertility, and cheerfulness. When you buy it, think it will be an ideal gift for a special person who you desire a lot of success is his/her life.
Peruvian music delights your ears, bring harmony and touch your soul. If you are a musician or somebody who enjoy the musical instruments, you may consider bringing home a different instrument choosing one from a wooden flute, a quena, a zampoña, a charango or another that could be of your interest.
Don’t hesitate in taking home some artwork from the vendors selling paintings. They will be very decorative and might cause you a great memory of your tour to Machu Picchu.
They contain 100% natural extract of the coca plant. These energizing candies have a slightly stimulating effect. They are fantastic to increase your energy while visiting Machu Picchu and will even help you with altitude sickness in Cusco!
If you couldn’t visit the Vineyards in the region of Ica in Peru, you still have the opportunity to buy a little or big bottle of the best drink in Peru, “Pisco”. And when you arrive home, taste the delicious Pisco or prepare “Pisco Sour” while seeing or showing your fantastic photos of your luxury Peru travel.
Peru is the second largest producer of silver in the world, and jewelry stores and craft markets offer you a good selection of the work of this mineral. Peruvian jewelry commonly includes traditional elements, such as the Andean cross, the colors of the rainbow present on the Cusco flag, or the Inca green stone. Although, there are many small Peruvian communities known for the quality of their work in silver, if you prefer more exclusive designs, unique and non-repetitive, you can find them in well-known boutiques in Cusco or Lima (Ilaria is an example).
- Always carry American dollars and Peruvian currency with you. It is more convenient to buy large objects, such as textiles, in American dollars. Anyway, keep in mind that handicraft markets or small towns will ask you very strongly to pay in Peruvian currency.
- If you buy more than one product in the craft markets, it might be probably that you get a really good discount.
- Do not forget that in Cusco, the heaviest rain is in February, which is also when the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed for maintenance. The orchids bloom in the rainy season from November until March. Overall, the best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October during the dry season.
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