Customs, Food Culture

Street Vendors of Cuzco

Selling in the Street 1

An army of vendors makes their way daily into Cuzco’s streets.  Some have licenses and permits, as well as formal stands, while others carry their goods in cloth and baskets.  Not only are they an important link in the distribution of goods to the public, they are a force that enables people without other work to find a toe hold in the economy and make some money, even if often only a small amount.

They make the street far more than a simple place of transit.  It is not the sterile street of so many cities in the developed world, but rather a place of life and conversation.    You pause to talk with vendors if nothing more than to ask a price and they call out to you as you pass by.  Serendipitously you may also speak with others who stop as well.

Each vendor has a story and is a world.  Today Cuzco Eats posts a series of photographs of the street vendors of Cuzco.

Selling in the Street 2
Selling in the Street 2
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Selling in the Street 3
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Selling in the Street 4
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Selling in the Street 5
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Selling in the Street 6
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Selling in the Street 7
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Selling in the Street 8
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Selling in the Street 9
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Selling in the Street 10
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