You will wonder what bringing with you back from Peru to please your loved ones. In this amazing country, you will find markets filled with beautifully colored merchandise that will captivate your view. You will find below the 16 best gifts and souvenirs of Peru.
If you are going to Peru, you will want to take in your suitcase the best gifts and souvenirs from Peru.
Gifts and Souvenirs from Peru
The chullo or Peruvian Hat
The chullo or Peruvian hat is characterized by its earmuffs that you can attach under your chin. These vicuña, alpaca or sheep wool hats are a practical accessory when you cross the heights of Cusco, Puno or Colca Canyon in the Peru Andes.
Ponchos, scarves and blankets are the best souvenirs that you will find in the markets and shops.
The products made in alpaca are light, hypoallergenic and above all, they do not itch.
The “baby alpaca” clothes are made from the first cut of its wool which is extremely soft. Be careful though, many products are marketed as being 100% baby alpaca wool, but most often it is mixtures of alpaca wool and acrylic or synthetic fibers.
If you want the real product, leave out the markets and visit shops like Kuna where prices reflect quality. Arequipa is where a lot of products are made and if you go there, it will be the best place to buy one.
Peruvian music is beautiful to listen to and has Andean, Spanish and African influences. If you are inclined to music, you may want to bring a new instrument back home. Choose from a wooden flute, a zampoña made of 11 wooden tubes, a drum or play the 10-string charango. To please a child, a small flute will be welcome.
If you need space to store all the small goods of your trip to Peru, a new backpack is the solution.
You can find many traditional textile backpacks that are on sale in trekking shops. Canvas bags are also available in traditional models and we have seen a few people at the airport make good use of the backpacks.
Peruvian traditional clothing and products, from handbags to sweaters, are made from the brightest and most colorful textiles.
There are many beautiful Peruvian fabrics for sale in local markets that you can buy as tablecloths, placemats and pillowcases.
The best way to remember your trip to Peru is to take a picture at home to admire it every day and so decorate your home. Women dressed in their native clothes look like a good image as well as the unique landscape of Machu Picchu.
Visit one of the many galleries or approach one of the street vendors selling engravings around the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Puno, Lima or Cusco.
The Retablos Altarpieces
The altarpieces are shiny wooden boxes that represent important religious, historical or daily events for Peruvians.
The delicate figures inside the boxes sometimes appear on two levels: the upper level symbolizes the sky and the sacred animals of the Andes, while the lower level symbolizes life on earth. The sizes and prices are varied and the scenes they contain.
The Peruvian Pisco
Pisco, this alcohol at 38% -48% is the basic ingredient of the Peruvian national drink, Pisco Sour. Many tours and hikes in Peru end with a demonstration of the preparation of Pisco Sour and you will not want to leave the country without tasting this drink.
A Chakana or necklace with an Inca cross
These necklaces may only look like geometric figures, but after your trip to Peru, you’ll know it’s the Inca Cross or Chakana and it has deep meaning and importance to the Quechua people.
You will see the sculpture in several archaeological sites. In short, the hole in the center represents the city of Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire, and the Cruz del Sur constellation.
The cross is divided into four quadrants of 3 corners each. The first quadrant represents the levels of the world: the lower world of death, the intermediate world of human life, and the higher world of gods and celestial beings.
The second represents the venerated animals of each world: the snake, the andean puma and the condor.
The third symbolizes the three commandments of the Incas: do not steal, do not lie and do not be lazy and the fourth represents the human principles: love and doing good, wisdom and work.
The Pucara Bulls
The bulls of Pucara are offered as a wedding gift to Peruvian couples. If you look closely at the roofs of Peru in Cusco or Puno, you may see some of these bulls that are supposed to bring fertility, prosperity, joy and protection to the house. If you want to wish the same luck to someone, then you will want to give him a Pucara bull.
Ekeko, the god of prosperity
Ekeko is the god of abundance, prosperity and good fortune. Instead of buying one for yourself, you should give it to someone you want to succeed. Small offerings to the god are what the person hopes to receive or realize.
These Andean dolls are an excellent gift for little girls who will learn about the lifestyle, clothing and culture of traditional Peruvian women.