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A World of Souvenirs and Art, the Centro Artesanal Cusco

The Centro Artesanal Cusco is located at Tullumayo Ave. 1226, at the corner with Pachacutec Avenue. In it, you find for sale Cusco’s art as well as folklore. It has a great variety of expression where one can choose from a simple souvenir to a fine work of art. There you find competitive prices and the place has services necessary for the comfort of all the visitors who come there each day from the different parts of the world.

The slogan of the handicraft center is Cusco’s hands to the world. It is on the building’s façade above the stands that open onto the street. You also see there a large logo with the Andean cross, the chacana, and words welcoming all visitors.

Centro Artesanal Cusco
Centro Artesanal Cusco

The Center’s three doors are open to the public from 9 am to about 10 pm. During this time vendors and artists are at their stands to serve the public. They offer modern handicrafts inspired in Pre-Columbian art, textiles, silver work, paintings, T-shirts such as Cuy Art that are hand painted, ceramic plates, Inca-style masks, wood and stone carvings, old weavings, clothing in Andean styles and colors often made with good quality Alpaca, shoes, leather goods (purses, wallets, and backpacks), jewelry, and energy stones.

As you walk down the various aisles, you will be surprised with the variety of objects and colors that are displayed in each stand. You will also have the opportunity to make direct contact with craftsman and artists who are producing crafts while selling.

Souvenirs
Souvenirs

On the building’s yellow walls you can see a series of paintings with images from Andean vision of the cosmos (worldview) such as the Inca calendar, the sacred k’intu of coca, the puma, the serpent and the condor (three sacred animals.

Security personal keep watch over the aisles and constantly roam down them to make sure vendors and customers can count on safety. Inside there is a small space where you will find an image of the Virgin of Rosario and some long benches for her devotees where they continually offer her prayers during the day. To the side of this space you will find restaurants and small cafes whose tables and chairs are arranged in front of them. It is there that visitors can rest and eat in the middles of buying souvenirs and gifts for their loved ones.

All of the vendors in the place accept cash. Still it is wise for all visitors to not carry much cash on them. There are two ATMs inside where you can make transactions in order to obtain the money necessary for buying what you wish.

Textiles for sale
Textiles for sale

Inside the market, while you stroll and look at the art, you will hear Andean music from handcrafted instruments including drums (bombos), panpipes (zampoñas), flutes (quenas and more) as well as rattles (sonajas). They will give you a sense of mystery and mysticism.

Above the stands you can see a colorful array of small flags of many different nations. This is to make people from the whole world feel welcome in this market and to expect equal treatment.

This craft center receives the visits of tourists from all over the world all seven days of the well. Its aisles are colorful and well visited. It is one place in the Imperial City where you can find that perfect gift or remembrance.

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