Things to Buy on a Peru Tour
(03/05/2012)Be sure to bring space in your luggage on a Peru tour. From alpaca sweaters to colorful hats, you are sure to want to buy some of these souvenirs.
Alpaca wool is a fantastic material. It is incredibly light, warm and even water-resistant. For the genuine article, it's worth paying a bit more. Most of the alpaca sold on the street in Peru, is actually a blend with acrylic. How to tell real alpaca? Alpaca wool has a slightly oily feel, and when held up to the light, the color is uniform. There are all kinds of alpaca goods available from designer dresses and coats to fluffy warm socks. Be sure to pick up some examples of alpaca woolens on your Peru trip, and you will be wearing them for years.
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2. Inka Kola T shirts.
Coca Cola has not quite smashed the Peruvian soft drink market. In Peru, a sweet yellow liquid named Inca Kola is the drink of choice. Lurid yellow T shirts with the Inca Kola logo have become popular Peru souvenirs. For something more subtle, the T shirt design market in Peru is brimming with slogans, cartoon Incas, llamas and football T shirts.
Inexpensive, high quality silver jewelry can be found in Peru. There is a thriving artisan scene in Peru making all kinds of unique pieces. Many designers integrate patterns from Peru´s history such as Moche or Inca images- making for really special mementos of your trip.
Ilaria is a high-end chain of stores with exquisite pieces, or in the narrow streets of San Blas are numerous small boutiques making one-off designs.
4. Anythig Coca.
Coca – the plant, is important in Peruvian culture and is a part of daily life for people living in the Andes. Workers chew the leaves to give them energy and most people swear by the restorative effects of coca tea.
In the Coca Shop, San Blas, Cusco, you can also try out coca chocolates, ice cream and candies. A word of warning though! Just remember not to take any home, as coca and its byproducts are illegal in most countries.
Bowlers, panamas, Chullos… wherever you go in Peru you will notice the hats. Even between neighboring villages, there are slightly different styles.
Women in Colca Canyon wear intricately embroidered hats and Lake Titicaca is where you will mostly see women in bowler hats. In Northern Peru, men wear broad brimmed hats in the style of Mexican sombreros, and a Chullo is the wooly hat with earflaps favored by just about anyone who spends time in the freezing Andes.
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