Shopping and Entertainment
- In Lima, the main artisan markets are in “Avenida La Marina”, in Pueblo Libre, and in “Avenida Petit Thouars, in Miraflores. It is also possible to buy handicrafts in the main malls of the city.
- In Arequipa, Cusco and Puno, the artisan markets are located near the main archeological parks and corresponding historical city centers.
- The General Sales Tax is 19% over the price of the product.
- The majority of malls, shops and artisan markets are open 7 days a week (including holidays) from 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m
- When shopping at fairs, markets or from street vendors it is common to bargain over the prices of some products, a practice known as “regateo”.
Most of the cities in Peru have a vibrant night life to offer. In Lima, there are “peñas”, discos, pubs and night-clubs in several districts of the city, but the most visited ones are Miraflores, San Miguel, Pueblo Libre, San Isidro and Barranco. In other touristic cities, such as Arequipa, Cusco and Puno, the nighttime establishments are usually located in the town centers (near the Main Square)
FOOD AND DRINKS
The Peruvian cuisine is characterized by a great variety of typical coastal highland and jungle dishes, some of them being rather spicy. Because of that, we recommend to read up on them before ordering.
Pisco is the National Beverage of Peru and apart from that, the famous Pisco Sour can be served in many different ways. Also, the “chicha morada”, along with the “chicha de jora” and the “aguaje” are typical beverages that you will be able to enjoy while you travel throughout Peru.
The amount of the tips is variable and it will depend on your satisfaction towards the provided service, but a 10% of the bill amount is considered an acceptable tip.