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- If you want to eat at an affordable price and feel like a true cusqueño, the Mercado de San Pedro will be perfect. You can make your craft purchases and souvenirs and then eat in one of the many places they have, complete and delicious menus at a good price. The people are very friendly and it is worth eating in the crowd.
And you can always do a little discount. In many places they do not accept credit cards, it is best to bring cash.Written November 11, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My wife and I are interested in authentic, locally made, artisan crafts when we travel, rather than the run-of the-mill souvenirs found in many tourist shops. Xapiri didn't disappoint!
The crafts are beautiful, and the staff incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. We returned multiple times to purchase gifts for ourselves and family, and to just browse the intricate arts.
The shop's mission is to promote, and help support the culture, of the indigenous tribes living in the Amazon. They have an extensive library, and many videos, on the people, areas and the making of particular crafts. Think fair trade when much of the profits are returned to the artisans and local communities.
We purchased a fishing net, a painting, a maraca and a clay 'Tapir' figurine. All beautiful!
We spoke mostly with Maria, a university student who is in her last semester of earning a degree in Archeology. She couldn't have been more gracious in answering all our questions about the items and how best to package them to either pack in our luggage or have shipped.
What a wonderful experience! Highly recommended!!Written October 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Wow, what a splendid display of traditional weaving and beyond. Maximo was there and came to say hello to me. Made my day to speak to him about his weaving and learn about his techniques in weaving. If you love color and history pre Inca, this is the place to be. His imagination is endless. Each piece is a story and just so magical in the presentation of color and stitch detail.Written October 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Excellent assortment of handmade products. It is advisable to go through everything before deciding on a particular product, at the risk of finding the same product at a lower price.
There is a nice fountain outside the site to take photos.Written November 11, 2022
- A lot of religious art in a carved wood building.
I've enjoyed the visit and even if youre not into religion it's nice to see the place.Written October 25, 2019
- The most authentic and beautiful celebration of Cusqueña culture! Delicious food, great music, beautiful art, great coffee, and delicious chicha!Written June 27, 2022
- Came into this shop while looking for a local restaurant. As others have mentioned, it's a family business. The staff are friendly and helpful, the craftsmanship is amazing, and the prices are reasonable. The piece we bought has a three dimensional effect and certainly took many hours to create. There are other less expensive items in the shop as well, that deserve your attention. Peru textiles are really something special!Written May 24, 2019
- Very nice mall. I appreciated some American shops and restaurants after being away from home for weeks. I had to show my vaccination card at the door to get in. From the plaza it cost 10 Soles each way.Written July 13, 2022
- I loved the shop and the products. Great quality, lots if variety and organized and displayed really nicely. I ended up getting way more than I came in for. definitely recommend for baby alpaca products !Written February 5, 2022
- according to people on the street close to San Pedro market, it was closed because of thiefs (august 2021)Written August 26, 2021
- This gallery is a must see (next to the Wallpa Wasi restaurant)! Amazing collection at surprisingly affordable prices.
Great Cuzco souvenirs as well...Written May 9, 2013
- We bought two pieces from their shop in Urubamba last June. We paid $100 USD to have them shipped because they were heavy and we were at the beginning of our trip.
They arrived in July and the bowl was cracked and chipped on either side of the rim. We contacted Tater and provided photos of our receipt as well as the bowl.
Forward to 6 months later and we still do not have a resolution on this. Apparently they do not ship things insured so if we want another bowl we have to pay another $100 in shipping.
That is the value of the bowl itself.
Our credit card company coverage of this ran out at month 3, which I somewhat suspect Tater knows, so we are at an impasse.
Such a shame that the beautiful work is not matched by decent customer service. If you cannot carry it home, pass them by. If you are in Urubamba, go across the street to Ceramicas Seminario where they make equally beautiful pieces and know how to ship it overseas safely.
We received a replacement bowl which I believe was prompted by my initial review. We assumed that it was at no cost to us because there was no note included. I think the take-away lesson is to buy from the main store whenever possible.Written May 14, 2018
- We visited a number of stores in Cusco to find the texture we wanted. The Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco was the best place to purchase high quality shawls, scarfs and textile products. The center serves as a clearinghouse for local textile makers and returns 70% of the profit to the artists. Each item you purchase comes with a certificate of authenticity and details on the artist. You can be guaranteed that the product you are purchasing is made of baby alpaca wool and not a fake substitute. While you might pay less at one of the other stores, the premium, if any, is worth the guarantee on quality and feeling that you are supporting local merchants.Written October 14, 2022
- If you want to see some beautiful ancient textiles and even find some incredible older pieces to buy, stop in and meet the Olivera sons or, if lucky, even get a moment with the expert, the mother. These are the people who know about the Quechua and Aymara weaving of highland Peru. Back in the days, their shop was across the street from the railway station for trains to Machu Picchu, but they have been in this location on the Plaza de Armas for the last 30 years or so. Pablo and Gregorio are the brothers you are likely to find in the store these days, but it was Manuel who worked by his mother's side when I first found them 40 years ago; all have a degree of expertise that makes their conversations invaluable. Buy, if you can, since the items they have for sale are irreplaceable! Let them tell you about the different regions and their symbols, and be open to learning about a marvelous art form that is still alive and well, even though there are few of the old pieces left.Written November 18, 2019
- Great art gallery with lots of intriguing objects and painting..what a find inside a courtyard with library coffee shop...please visit you will enjoy it...Written February 7, 2020
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