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Andahuaylas, Peru - See The Famous Sunday Market Of The Apurimac Region

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2011   » View Photoset (74 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Andahuaylas was the next place I wanted to visit in Peru's southern highlands. Andahuaylas is famous for its Sunday market, a huge market full of color
Peru Photo - Woman buys bag of coca leaves to chew in Andahuaylas.
Woman buys bag of coca leaves to chew in Andahuaylas.
and activity, the biggest market in South America that I have ever seen!

Bus from Ayacucho

From Ayacucho it had been an 8 and a half hour journey to get to Andahuaylas, we had passed through some brilliant and beautiful terrains including from up in the mountains - amazing views of the river Rio Pampas at Airabamba with its turquoise blue waters. Along the way we travelled through the small towns of Chincheros and Uripa and a few others.

Find a Budget Hotel

After arriving in Andahuaylas, I looked for a budget hotel near the markets, it was not easy to find a nice budget hotel, just horrible ones. In the end I settled for the best of a bad bunch.

Market Starts 5-6am Sundays

Market day in Andahuaylas starts early, around 5am, but the first hour or so is spent setting up, so it doesn't really get going until 6am. By 6:30am I was there. The sun hadn't come over the horizon yet, the locals were eating breakfasts of soup in the market street kitchens. I was hungry
Peru Photo - Chicken and noodles meal prepared at Andahuaylas markets.
Chicken and noodles meal prepared at Andahuaylas markets.
too.

They Come from Far and Wide

Quechua indigenous people come from all over to participate in the markets, they bring their fresh produce, all kinds of fruits and vegetables (mountains of it), flowers, honey, whole cooked pigs, herbs and spices and fresh fish. Household products are also in good supply, bedding, furniture, towels, tshirts, caps and other clothing, musical instruments, health remedies and potions, shoes... you name it, it's here. The market area runs along both sides of the river for at least half a km. Starting at the bottom at the fresh produce stalls, up to the clothing and goods stalls, way up to the
Peru Photo - Indigenous Quechua woman and baby at Andahuaylas markets.
Indigenous Quechua woman and baby at Andahuaylas markets.
top where there are the livestock markets.

Huge Animal Market

This was a livestock market like no other I had seen, much bigger than in Otavalo in Ecuador. So many animals - guinea pigs, chickens, baby and adult pigs, sheep and lambs, cows and calves, horses, goats, turkeys, ducks and animals for pets like parakeets.

See Indigenous People

If you love photographing indigenous people in traditional clothing, then Andahuaylas and the Apurimac Region is the perfect place. It's a dream. Andahuaylas market is really something, don't miss it if you are in nearby cities.

Day Trips from Andahuaylas

Also to see near Andahuaylas is the lagoon Laguna de Pacucha at 3300m, it's an easy day trip. Near to it are the ruins of Sondor.

4hrs by Taxi-Van to Abancay

By late morning after chicken and noodles for lunch it was time to move on to my next destination Abancay. I booked a seat in a shared taxi-van, the ride takes 4hrs.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Andahuaylas (Peru) to:


Map location: Andahuaylas, Peru. Andahuaylas is famous for its Sunday market, a huge market full of color and activity, the biggest market in South America that I have ever seen!
 A : Abancay - Peru 53 kms 53 kms straight distance | 2hrs 51mins 2hrs 51mins by car (145 kms) | 3hrs 25mins 3hrs 25mins by bus (145 kms) (145 kms)
 B : Ayacucho - Peru 107 kms 107 kms straight distance | 4hrs 49mins 4hrs 49mins by car (240 kms) | 5hrs 46mins 5hrs 46mins by bus (240 kms) (240 kms)
 C : Cusco - Peru 150 kms 150 kms straight distance | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by car (332 kms) | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by bus (332 kms) (332 kms)
 D : Nazca - Peru 212 kms 212 kms straight distance | 9hrs 8mins 9hrs 8mins by car (506 kms) | 10hrs 57mins 10hrs 57mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 E : Huacachina / Ica - Peru 261 kms 261 kms straight distance | 9hrs 25mins 9hrs 25mins by car (506 kms) | 11hrs 18mins 11hrs 18mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 F : Huancayo - Peru 268 kms 268 kms straight distance | 10hrs 22mins 10hrs 22mins by car (515 kms) | 12hrs 26mins 12hrs 26mins by bus (515 kms) (515 kms)
 G : Pisco, Islas Ballestas & Paracas - Peru 305 kms 305 kms straight distance | 9hrs 55mins 9hrs 55mins by car (540 kms) | 11hrs 54mins 11hrs 54mins by bus (540 kms) (540 kms)
 H : Nazca to Pisco - Peru 282 kms 282 kms straight distance | 10hrs 17mins 10hrs 17mins by car (548 kms) | 12hrs 20mins 12hrs 20mins by bus (548 kms) (548 kms)
 I : Chiclayo to Piura - Peru 298 kms 298 kms straight distance | 10hrs 12mins 10hrs 12mins by car (559 kms) | 12hrs 14mins 12hrs 14mins by bus (559 kms) (559 kms)
 J : Arequipa - Peru 362 kms 362 kms straight distance | 12hrs 4mins 12hrs 4mins by car (679 kms) | 14hrs 28mins 14hrs 28mins by bus (679 kms) (679 kms)
 K : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 436 kms 436 kms straight distance | 12hrs 47mins 12hrs 47mins by car (717 kms) | 15hrs 20mins 15hrs 20mins by bus (717 kms) (717 kms)
 L : Lima - Peru 437 kms 437 kms straight distance | 12hrs 55mins 12hrs 55mins by car (762 kms) | 15hrs 30mins 15hrs 30mins by bus (762 kms) (762 kms)
 M : Camana - Peru 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 13hrs 13hrs by car (769 kms) | 15hrs 36mins 15hrs 36mins by bus (769 kms) (769 kms)
 N : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 471 kms 471 kms straight distance | 14hrs 46mins 14hrs 46mins by car (888 kms) | 17hrs 43mins 17hrs 43mins by bus (888 kms) (888 kms)
 O : Machu Picchu - Peru 106 kms 106 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Andahuaylas, Peru:

Hotel Libertadores Wari, Andahuaylas, Peru - Large Photo
Hotel Libertadores Wari, Andahuaylas, Peru (August 2011 - 1 night) - Slightly better than the other hotel I had found in Andahuaylas but the toilet had not been cleaned in my room. This place was the best of a very bad bunch of hotels that I found in Andahuaylas. There was a view of the city from my window. OK for 1 night, just.
Hotel Cental Andahuaylas, Andahuaylas, Peru - Large Photo
Hotel Cental Andahuaylas, Andahuaylas, Peru (August 2011 - 3 hours) - Cheap and nasty, there is a problem here with the plumbing and it smells. After a few hours I asked for my money back for which they gave me 80% of it and I left. Not Recommended.

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