What $100 Buys in... Cuzco


The Quechua call it Qosqo, or "belly button of the world." Trekkers in Peru know it better as the gateway to Machu Picchu.

1)$9 Mirror Cuzco is known for objects that combine the Inca reverence for the sun with the baroque style of the Spanish colonists. For the best prices, head to the stalls of the Centro Artesanal market.

2)$31 Silver necklace More than 2,000 years ago, the Nazca people etched huge line drawings into the desert earth in southwestern Peru. Their geometric designs and animal depictions still inspire area craftsmen. Artesa-nías Merida, Triunfo 366, 011-51/84-236-386.

3)$15 Chulucana vase This distinctive pottery from northern Peru is created by a two-firing kiln process. Burned mango leaves stain the piece a deep black-brown, while grease and clay protect the white design elements. Etnias, Córdoba del Tucumán 386, 011-51/84-242-697.

4)$26 Sandals In San Blas--a jumble of narrow streets that climb the slopes high above the Plaza de Armas--cobblers turn leather and filigree silver into hip footwear. Kuntur Warmi, Hatunrumiyoq 480, 011-51/84-255-474.

5)$13 Basket The indigenous people of Peru--who are primarily Quechua--love vibrant colors. Weavers make natural dyes from roots, minerals, even bugs. Inkantations, Choquechaca 200, 011-51/84-251-765.

6)30¢ Finger puppet Kids skitter around San Blas and the Plaza de Armas waving finger puppets (shaped like alpacas, llamas, and condors) in hopes of a sale.

7)$7 Scarf The Inca reserved alpaca wool for their nobles and royalty. It's lightweight, waterresistant, and durable. Centro Artesanal.

8)60¢ Bottle opener Inti, the Inca sun god, is honored every June with a festival at the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, on the edge of town. Year-round, street vendors sell bottle openers in his image.

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