Welcomed With a Warm Smile
No trip to Cuzco is complete without a trip to the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean village of Pisac. Villagers gather at the market from miles around to sell their produce and barter with other villagers for the things they want and need. One of the things that struck me about Peru is how everywhere we went the people were some of the friendliest I've ever met. This woman, selling her produce at the Pisac Sunday market, greeted us with a warm smile and welcoming, "Buenas dias." You can get to the Pisac Sunday market in a couple of ways. If you want to spend a little more you can rent a taxi for about $15 each way, which allows you to stop just outside Pisac for a glorious birdseye view of the picturesque Urubamba Valley below surrounded by the towering green Andes Mountains. For a cheaper alternative, take the local bus to the Pisac market for only $2, but doing so unfortunately doesn't allow for sightseeing stops. Whichever way you choose to get there, make sure to take time on a Sunday morning to visit the Pisac farmer's market, where you'll feel as welcomed by the local villagers as if you'd grown up there yourself.
By Joan Wharton, AFAR Local Expert
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