If you are planning your next vacation and decide to go to Peru, try to save some extra space in your suitcases for Peru souvenirs. As you explore the country, you will find spectacular stores full of colors and handicrafts.
While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to avoid high roaming costs. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM. Here are some of the most popular options for souvenirs in Peru that you should buy.
1. Alpaca Clothing
From sweaters, hats, scarves, to blankets, these are souvenirs of Peru that will last you for a long time; you will find stores full of alpaca products. They are as refined as cashmere; both are lightweight, hypoallergenic, and best of all, it doesn\’t itch.
Garments made from baby alpaca are made from the first shave of an alpaca\’s fur, so it\’s super soft. Many products claim to be made from 100% baby alpaca, but there is a good chance that they are mixed with alpaca wool or even acrylic or synthetic material.
The chullo is an Andean style hat with earflaps that can be tied to the chin. Made from vicuña, alpaca, llama or sheep wool, they are an excellent accessory to tolerate the high altitudes while trekking in the Colca Canyon or crossing the Andes. Smaller chullos can be used as a cover for your pisco bottle.
In case you need something to hold all your souvenirs from Peru, then what you need is a backpack. You can find these handmade backpacks, made with the same traditional fabric, in many places or you can also get a large travel backpack in trekking stores.
Canvas bags also come with these traditional designs. At the airport these backpacks are very useful. Once you have your backpack, check out our tips for backpacking in Peru.
Perhaps the best gift from Peru is to bring home some art for you to admire every day. Paintings that capture Peruvian women dressed in their traditional attire are as incomparable as those depicting the landscape of Machu Picchu. Visit one of the many galleries or stroll the streets with artisans selling their own paintings around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
5. Musical Instruments
Peruvian music is a beautiful thing to listen to and has Andean, Spanish and African influences. If you are passionate about music, then the best souvenir from Peru is a new instrument. From a panpipes; made of eleven reed pipes, known as Antara, drums, to the stringed instrument, Charango.
Retablos are colorful altars made of wood, which represent something religious, historical or even everyday Peruvian situations. The small figures on the altars usually have two levels: The upper one symbolizes the sky and the sacred Andean animals, while the lower one reflects life on earth. The sizes and prices are varied, as well as the scenes inside.
7. Burilados Gourds
These Peruvian handicrafts are quite traditional and their origins date back 3,500 years. The mates tell of the customs, culture, people, history and animals. Use them to decorate your Christmas tree or to decorate your home.
This 38-48° liqueur is the base of Peru\’s national drink, the Pisco Sour. Many city tours end with a small sample of how to make Pisco Sour; you won\’t want to leave Peru without trying such a unique drink made with egg whites. Check, before buying Pisco, what is the alcohol limit for drinks in your country. For those interested in visiting the vineyard, El Catador is one of the largest vineyards in Peru.
9. Friendship bracelets
Friendship bracelets are super affordable; they don\’t take up much room in your suitcase and can be worn with anything. You may have noticed many travelers in the city wearing these bracelets as a souvenir of their travels. Even if you\’re not a full-time traveler, you\’ll love how this souvenir from Peru will look once you get back home.
10. Inca Cross
This Inca necklace may look just like a geometric figure, but after your trip in Peru, you will understand that this cross has a very deep meaning and importance for the Quechua; you will find the cross engraved in many of the archaeological sites. In short, the hole in the center is said to represent the city of Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, and the southern cross constellation.
The cross is divided into four quadrants, with 3 squares for each. The first quadrant represents the levels of the world: the lower one, the world of the dead, the middle one, for human life and the upper one for the gods and celestial beings. The second quadrant represents the venerated animals of each world: the serpent, the puma and the condor.
The third quadrant refers to the rules of the Inca: Don\’t steal, don\’t lie and don\’t be lazy. And the fourth quadrant represents human principles: love, knowledge and effort. I bet now that
11. Pucará Bull
Pucara bulls are common wedding gifts in Peru for happy couples. If you look closely at the roofs in Peru, you may see these bulls, which are believed to attract fertility, prosperity, happiness and protection of the home. If you wish the same for someone you know, it\’s the perfect gift to take home.
12. Stuffed Alpacas
First, you have to get to take a selfie with an alpaca in real life, then you go through your alpaca to wear. Whether it\’s a keychain for you or a stuffed animal for the kids; or just to put in the middle of the couch in the middle of a conversation. You\’ll have a hard time letting these fluffy friends go, so bring souvenirs from Peru for everyone.
Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.