After checking into our AirBnB in San Blas, we headed to the San Pedro Market, one of Cusco’s most popular farmers markets. As we descended into the Plaza de Armas, we were caught in the middle of a parade for 30 different class years that had graduated from a science elementary school.
The older class graduates stood in the shade, knocking back cold Cuzqueña beers with their buddies until it came time to march. Many carried banners showing their class year and some even carried litters with religious figures on them
Next up were the recent graduates and current students of the school wearing traditional Andean costumes and dancing along
After a good hour or so, we headed to the San Pedro Market. It had clear separation between the fruit, veg, meat and dry goods sections as well as many juice and smoothie bars. We bought nearly $30 worth of fruit as well as nuts and dried fruit.
On our way back, we found a great cafe with outdoor seating and some of the best baked empanadas I have ever had along with a tea that was an infusion of coca leaf, star anise and fennel.
Climbing back up to our apartment in San Blas took a while. The altitude hit me on the ascent leading to an increased heart rate and shortness of breath. But we made it back with our haul of fruit, which will serve as our breakfast over the next five days.