For those of us used to seeing chicken cut into parts, wrapped in plastic, and chilling in supermarket coolers, a trip to a local Peruvian market is both fascinating and a bit daunting. The biggest market is San Pedro, just up the street from the Plaza de Armas. Here, you’ll find a bit of everything—fruits, vegetables, alpaca charqui (the Quechua source of the word “jerky”), pig’s heads, herbs, fruit juices, weavings, and much, much more. You’ll see a fair share of tourists wandering here as well, so for something more relaxed and insider, try San Blas Market, or Rosaspata where you’ll see very few foreigners.
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