Huaraz, Peru (Day 4) El Mercado

Our last full day in Huaraz, we decided to visit the weekly mercado in the heart of the city.

Browsing the market

Browsing the market

We had our empleada with us, who is from Huaraz, so it was great to have her guidance as we made our way through the crowded streets of vendors.  On the way there we saw a couple trying to guide their pig along the street to the market.  Never seen that before!

Bacon's up!

Bacon’s up!

 Since we were heading back to Lima the next day to a consequently empty fridge, we decided to do a little grocery shopping while we were at the mercado.

Selling fruits and veggies

Selling fruits and veggies

 The prices in Lima’s mercados are always good, but in Huaraz the prices were unbelievable!  We found things like carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and other veggies for the equivalent of $0.30 for 2lbs!

Checking out the cherries

Checking out the cherries

 We ended up getting all of our produce for the week for under 20 soles (roughly $7).  Pretty incredible, especially after living in California where the prices for produce are so high.

 Some of the mamitas just loved Cliff and a couple of them gave Olivia and Cliff a gift of an apple.  This one mamita said she just couldn’t stand Cliff’s cute cheeks and just had to kiss them.

Too cute to resist

Too cute to resist

Kisses

Kisses

They get so much attention with their blonde hair, especially when we’re in the mountains where not many blonde heads are seen.  I used to be worried about the attention they get, but the Peruvians we have met have all been very sweet and seem pretty family oriented.  The women especially, but even the men, are always very kind to us when we are out and about with the little ones.

Smiles for apples and peaches

Smiles for apples and peaches

We had a really fun time perusing the mercado in Huaraz.  We’ve been to a lot of them around Peru, but this one was probably the biggest and most interesting. I missed the dog sitting on the bottom shelf of this stand selling a dish made with chicken and some sauces.  I thought it was so funny, the dog waiting on the bottom shelf for whatever they drop.  Things are a lot different here!

Selling chicken

Selling chicken

 After we finished our shopping, we all 5 crammed into the back of a moto-taxi to get back to the Plaza where we’d parked our car.  (A moto taxi is a no-kidding motorcycle, with two wheels and a shell with a seat bench added in the back – I need to get a picture of one of these!)  While we were in the Plaza we got a couple Christmas photos, since it was the day before Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas from Huaraz!

Merry Christmas from Huaraz!

And Happy New Year!

And Happy New Year!

Cliff was very excited to find a motorcycle parked next to our car when we got there.

Esperanza and Cliff

Esperanza and Cliff

 Our trip to Huaraz was one of our favorites we’ve taken.  It was definitely worth the drive!

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