One of the best places to be on just about any day of the week in Cusco is the Mercado San Pedro. Here they offer every type of food you can imagine from Amazonian fruits and veggies to fresh meats and seafoods to baked goods and everything in between. The market was design by none other that the famous Gustave Eiffel who sent the blueprints over to Cusco but never actually visited the market. Interestingly he made the market naturally cooling with an intricate three tiered ventilation system making the market continually breezy and cooler than the surrounding square and area. I think that the most characteristic feature of the market is that they laid it out in an interesting way separating the prepared food sections from the produce markets and the raw foods and wool goods in an interesting and weird way that somehow makes sense. The upper part of the market has aisles that are mostly unique to a type of food or product. Meats down one aisle, dried veggies another, corns and potatoes down another. Fruit stalls, juice stands, chicken soup aisle, spices, clothing aisle, and woven goods all can be found here. If you get a juice make sure they use bottled water to make the drinks. They have all types of pepper pastes based on Aji Amarillo chilis and garlic mixed with all types of herbs and spices. Exotic fruits from the amazon can be explored here so try everything you never even knew existed before! They have dried fish roe and whole salted lama jerky piled to the sky, breads and corns and potatoes and cheeses are all specifically located in their various rows in the market. Down half a level the food stalls, again separated by type or style of cuisine, are lined up next to each other serving rice and egg plates to ceviches to typical creole and even Chinese dishes from the diverse cultures that make up today’s Peru. Most people don’t know it but Peru has a lot of Japanese and Chinese after an influx after WWII and even before that when Peru abolished slavery and started hiring Asian laborers in the late 1800s. As a result there is plenty of amazing sushi, sahimi, and ceviche dishes among the many other awesome Chinese and Japanese dishes found all over the market and entire country. Walking through the market truly transports you through time and this unique Peruvian experience just cannot be replicated. You have to see it for yourself!