It’s hard to travel pretty much anywhere and not want to take some souvenirs, especially in Peru.
There are a few basic rules of the retail road that will help you get the best deal:
- Avoid buying souvenirs near bus stops, where prices tend to be higher.
- Be sure to bargain – the price on the tag is rarely the final price.
- Have a maximum price you’re willing to pay in mind and don’t be tricked by discounts for multiple purchases.
- Also, keep in mind that souvenir prices at the airport can triple, so if you see something you can’t live without, grab it. Last minute buyer’s remorse is no fun.
There are a lot of great goodies to take home from Peru, but it’s best known for:
- Baby alpaca woven goods, not just sweaters, but rugs and wall hangings (be sure to check the label – many products incorporate acrylic)
- Silver jewelry with enamel and gemstones, many with Incan and Peruvian imagery
- Pisco, the national drink of Peru
- Small embroidered purses made out of manta cloth
- Chullos (woolen hats with the earflaps)
- Huayruru seed jewelry and keychains – this seed is found in the Amazon and is red with a black spot