Though it’s just a few blocks from the main plaza, Cusco’s central market is missed by many tourists. It is an amazing place to tap into the city at its most quotidian and traditional, a place where tourists are no more than an afterthought. There are aisles of native potatoes, including freeze-dried varieties like chuño. There are heavy blocks of cheese from dairy farms in the region. Juice bars squeeze jungle fruits. The range of produce, meats, household items, and oddities (such as medicinal plants from the rainforest) is daunting. For most, it’s an experience not to be missed. It’s generally a secure place that regularly sees tourists with expensive cameras, though as with any busy market, keep a hand on your belongings.