Cusco – Top 4 Best Souvenirs for to Buy
Peru is a heaven for shoppers and treasure hunters! During your travel to Peru, you will find many traditional markets and souvenir shops in cities like Lima, Cusco, and Arequipa that offer this special something to take home from your holiday in Peru!
But what are the best Peruvian souvenirs and gifts to go for? What are the Top 4 best Souvenirs to buy in Peru?
In this blog, I will let you in on the secrets of shopping in Peru. Check out the 4 Best Souvenirs to Buy in Peru! And don’t miss out on my five shopping tips. This way you are well prepared before you head out to the shops and markets in Peru to get those souvenirs for your beloved ones back home!
1. Alpaca Textiles with Andean patterns
These typical Peruvian textiles are probably the most popular items among tourists on vacation in Peru! In Cusco, you can find them in countless little stores and markets all over the city. The reason why the textiles are so popular? They are pretty, practical and affordable!
You can bring Peruvian textiles home for your friends and family or just buy yourself some for the journey in Peru. Don´t miss out on the lovely sweaters, socks, gloves, beanies or scarfs out of alpaca wool. They will definitely do their job keeping you warm in the chilly nights of the Andean mountains. Coming in all variations and the typical Andean knitting patterns, you won´t have any problems finding a perfect fit for everyone you want to take home a souvenir from Peru!
2. Quinoa, Coca, Maca or Pisco
What is a better souvenir from Peru than something that originates from there? If you are thinking about what to buy in Peru, you will find a range of local products that make a great Peruvian gift for your friends and family. Or, an excellent souvenir for yourself, to remember your holiday in Peru!
Peruvian Quinoa is probably one of the most typical Andean products you can easily take come with you as it doesn´t weigh much. Quinoa originates in the Peruvian Andes and it is widely used in Peru for various delicious dishes. You had Quinoa in Peru and would like to cook the same dish at home? Take a small bag of Quinoa with you! Also your cooking enthusiastic friends and family will enjoy an authentic present from your journey.
Coca tea or Coca caramels are nice souvenirs and easy to take in your suitcase. The coca plant was holy to the ancient Incas for its use as a medicinal plant. Until today, coca tea or “mate de coca” is widely drunk in Peru – especially in Cusco and Puno – as the tea, and the chewed coca leaves are supposed to relieve altitude sickness and stomach aches! You can even buy caramels of coca in the streets and stores in Peru! Fun gift!
3. Decoration Items from Peru: Toros de Pucará
Toros de Pucará, or Bulls of Pucará, are a popular gift among Peruvians. The small bull figures serve as a decoration in the houses and are made of ceramic painted in different colors. Also, you can spot bigger bull figures on the rooftops of the houses in Peru!
The bulls are usually a present to the house owners and are supposed to bring luck and prosperity to the family living in the house. As a smaller, colored version, they will send the recipient many good wishes.
4. Peruvian Jewellery: The Inca Cross
The shape of the Andean cross (la Cruz Andina) will be a reoccurring symbol during your trip to Peru. Due to its origins in the Inca culture, you will find this geometric shape in all sorts of ancient ruins in Peru. Today, the Andean cross is utilized in weaving patterns, paintings and also beautiful jewelry! This might be the perfect souvenir or gift from Peru; a nice mystical symbol for your friends and family!
The Andean cross symbolizes the believe-system of the Inca culture: the whole in the middle stays for the center of the Empire, Cusco. The four three-stepped sides of the Andean cross represent the three stages of Inca life. There are different opinions on the meaning.