How to Bargain in Latin America | Cusco Travel Shopping Challenge


What’s up everybody? Welcome back to Vagabrothers. Right now we are in Cusco, Peru and today we have a very fun challenge for you. Cusco has been a natural crossroad since before Incan times, and the markets here are some of the most colorful in Latin America. So before we go home, we decide to challenge each other to a souvenir shopping challenge. It’s going to be a shop -off. We each have 150 solos, which is around $50 American. We’re going to take about an hour and hit up some of the indigenous marketplaces here and see who can get the coolest souvenirs. You will be the decider. Are you ready? I was born to haggle. I was asking them. Oh well. Yeah, are you ready? I’m ready. You got your cash? I got my cash. You got your haggling? Goy my haggling. All right. Vamanos. Let’s go So on today’s shopping adventure, I will be joined by my good buddy, Carlos. He’s going to be helping with the camera work. What are your thoughts on Peru so far? Peru’s a beautiful place. There’s a lot of interesting people and things and situations to look at and photograph. From a photography perspective, this place is incredible. We’re going to dive deep into it by heading over to the first market. The challenge is this: I want to get alpaca. Alpaca has the smoothest, softest, warmest wool, and it’s also the most expensive. So I was just talking a guy over there, and I’ll an alpaca blanket right off the bat…. He’s asking for 120. This is going to eat my entire budget. So the challenge is: I’m going to have to haggle to try to get a nice little pocket scarf. Looking for a sweater too, and then hopefully something for Carrie within my budget. So it’s going to be hard, but I think we can do it. Tiene alpaca? Un scarf? Y alpaca? Y tambien un sweater. Don’t know how she just did that? But this is kind of cool. I like it. Sold I think I found something. I need to get something for Carrie. I know that she loves dainty little earrings, and there’s some pretty stuff in here. All right. Well, that’s kind of a good deal. For 50 soles I can get these really beautiful earrings that have two little Inca ladies on them with turquoise inlaid and then on the back a diety called Altuni who is the god of medicine. If I buy it for her, she’ll always be healthy. I think we should head over to the main market, though. You know anything about sewing machines? An old Singer is like… these are antiques. Super expensive, very reliable. You guys, this is pretty insane. We found these little guys. These are actually the fetuses of cows. They say that they use them for making offers to Pachamama so that they have like a plentiful harvest. It’s pretty incredible stuff that you can find in these markets. All right, so my brother was just in the San Pedro market, which is the biggest one. That’s where a lot of people go, but I know that I want artisan crafts, so I’m going to go specifically to the artisan market. There’s a bunch of expensive boutiques here that have really high-end versions of ponchos and everything. You don’t want to buy there, but they can be really good for kind of seeing the type of thing that you want because it is kind of more curated for tourist’s tastes Next up I bought some quail eggs, only one sol for four of them. Gracias. Okay, let’s go. We just got in here, and you can already see it’s a gold mine. It’s full of awesome artisan textiles. You can probably get stuff cheaper if you go to the little towns where they make this in the surrounding valleys, but this is a good combination of being close to where the tourists areas are and also a great selection. Let’s go take a look. Those are really cool, but they were 150 soles, all sheep’s wool Really nice, but I blow my whole budget on one thing. The average price I’ve heard is about 70 soles. I’m sure we can get it probably a little bit less. I see a good spot around the corner. Let’s go. I found a awesome sweater made from alpaca wool with a llama design on it. 35 soles which is just about 10 bucks. I’m stoked. I got a sweater; got poncho; got some shot glasses and stayed under budget. I’m calling it a happy day. Go meet up with Alex and see what he got. Finish up this competition. The sun has gone down. We have finished our day of shopping, and I would just say, first and foremost, that was overwhelming. So much to buy. It’s just like a feast for the senses. This entire town is a vibrant, bustling marketplace. It’s really hard to choose what you want, but we did get some cool stuff Let’s show what we got. Start with you, bro. I wanted to get a sweater, but I tried a few on and none of them really fit nicely. So I ended up not getting one. But, an essential for up here in the Andes and because it’s fall back home, turning into winter, is a scarf. I found this scarf. Not only is it a scarf bro, but you can take it, and you can tuck it in on itself. Ooh, and turn it into into a beanie. Whoo That just happened. This is good because this is also a good minimalist packing thing because you’re really packing one scarf and you get a beanie out of it, too. I am always looking for good gifts for my girlfriend. I bought her a necklace before. She loved it. She likes turquoise and blue stones. So I bought her these beautiful little earrings that have… They’re silver and they have turquoise inside of them. She’ll like that. And they have little Inca ladies on the top, and on the back they have the deity of medicine and good health. Shopping for girlfriends notoriously difficult, but a gift like this is small enough that if she doesn’t like it, she can hide it in her jewelry box and it won’t be taking up room in the closet. Lately, we have been going to some events where we have to wear suits and ties, dressing up. I figured I could spice up my regular suit with this lovely tie, hand embroidered. And yeah, you know this guy cost me 15 soles. I got some Palo Santo. This is used in religious ceremonies down here in Latin America. This is a very expensive back home in hipster shops in Venice and Silverlake. They’ll charge you an arm and leg for this. It’s nice and cheap down here. And then last but not least, one of my favorite things to do when I travel is to pick up local artwork. I am a big fan of paintings, especially acquarella or watercolors, and I found this beautiful painting of Cusco, and I couldn’t say no. So I got this with the last 50, and I still have ten soles left. So that’s probably enough for a beer. I must say very nice choices, Alex. Thank you. Very good selection. You went for a lot of smaller things. I took a different route. I went for two big items; so I decided to look for some ponchos. There’s a couple types. The full poncho is really, really big. It’s a lot of fabric. It would be impossible to pack my bag. I already know that whatever I bring, I have to bring wearing on the airplane. And also it’s one of those things where it’s so big that you know that you’re never really going to wear it back in Southern, California. I ended up going for a smaller design poncho. It’s not a full poncho. It’s kind of more like a cape… just a little wrap. It’s cool. So if it’s cold at night, I can put this on over me when we’re out front from the fire, and it’s not anything too crazy that I wouldn’t wear it back home. This whole thing was only 45 soles, which is a great deal. That’s less than 15 bucks. You know what is good about this thing is like if you have a long night out partying or if you’re by the campfire, you can just take it off and use it as a blanket. It basically is just a wearable blanket It’s a Snuggie. It’s a Snuggie, an Indian Snuggie. Here you go. The next thing I got was a sweater. I have a black sweatshirt back home, but I wanted to get something I could wear that’d be comfortable. So I got a zip-up sweater. It’s nice and soft, super soft, also alpaca fur with a llama on it. It’s actually an alpaca, bro.. It’s not. I checked. I thought it was alpaca fur with an alpaca design, and it’s an alpaca fur with a llama design. That’s like treachery I don’t know at the deepest level. How did the alpaca feel about that? They’re like…oh, you’re wearing my fur but you put a llama on there? Anyways. I like this one This is just like …this is cool. It’s casual. It’s a sweater I don’t really have a good sweater.
I have a sweatshirt, and this is a nice little….it’s a hooded sweater. It’s a hooded one. There were ones that came with just a collar, but the designs wern’t as good. I got this, and this was only 35 soles, ten bucks. Okay, so still between the two of them, we were at 80 soles, which is half my budget. The market was closing early; I had to wrap things up early, so I just got a quick little gift here. Machu Picchu Four shot glasses from Machu Picchu, 20 soles. The good thing about a gift like this is that I can give one of these to each of my friends, and it’s an easy gift to bring back home, and it’s a way of bringing your trip back to your friends. Just remember that when you are shopping here in Latin America and pretty much anywhere, don’t just accept the first price that’s offered. Play around a bit. Be polite. Don’t just low ball people. They put a lot of time and effort into making these things, especially all of this hand-woven stuff. But this is a really cool tradition. Your tourist dollars help feed families, and they help these types of activities continue into the future. Definitely, like you said. You’re putting food on the table. Don’t bargain too hard and give a fair price. You’re still going to get it for a lot cheaper than back home,. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs- up. Share it with your friends, subscribe and turn on notifications, if you have not already. Tomorrow we’re going to Machu Picchu. In the meantime stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace. On the Inca Trail. Bye. This is awesome, officially awesome.

100 Replies to “How to Bargain in Latin America | Cusco Travel Shopping Challenge

  1. Thats the kind of fun 2 guys can show on youtube while being in second sex city of Peru ? I won.t ask you how is Mencora and the towns around for some night fun !!

  2. You put it right at the end, people put so much effort in the textiles and make a living out of it. Don't bargain too hard!

  3. If anyone see's this also go to the Indian restaurant at the corner of the plaza de arma's!! All you can eat 15 soles and it's damn good!!

  4. I love your guys videos! I was wondering about the eurail pass, and I was hoping you guys could help me out? I friend of mine said it's very confusing/ challenging getting around by train but I thought it was easier than flights? Is it because of a language barrier? I'm going to be doing it solo and I'm trying to figure out the best way for me. Would it be easier to fly instead?

  5. I have the same exact sweater that Marko bought and I was wearing it while watching the video 😂 I bought it a few years ago when I went to Peru

  6. How to bargain in Peru!

    Vagabrothers: how much for that sweater?
    Seller: $150
    Vagabrothers: I will take it (with no fight) haha

  7. Peru ❤ you can never buy enough souvenirs from the Inka markets. I can just recommend to buy alpaka pullovers, they are perfect for cold winter days 😊

  8. You guys are my inspiration….I am from India, have only been to Europe as an international tourist. I regularly watch all of your videos and after watching those, I have decided to take one big international trip every year for soothing my soul. Cheers to you guys.

  9. I just found your channel and so far loving it! I am watching your Peruvian experience with nostalgia, i was there about 6 yers ago and was delighted to have found such a gem!

  10. Hey ! why don't you guys visit Tunisia it is filled with cultures but if you don't speak french nor arabic it can be a challenge and if you are coming summer is best for the beach around may june but after swimming will be a bit unpleasen because around august small gelly fish will be swirling around the beach

  11. I will be headed to Latin American very soon to do some scouting for my clients. This will be useful. Thanks!
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  12. So stupid, fisrt of all, the two things you said are contradictory "it takes a long time for them to make these products and tourist dollars help them feed their families…." so let's convince them to accept the lowest amount for their work? Ok… It's funny how you bargain to hardworking people but spread your ass for companies and pay full price for really expensive bullshit. Pay the full price of the things you buy when you travel, if it doesn't fit your budget well, don't buy it, period.

  13. I understand you want to save money. But at the expense of the income of a person? Indigenous people work hard and it’s part of their culture. In most LA countries, they are living in poverty and not helped by their country’s government. I get that nobody wants to get ripped off for being a tourist, but pay what the item is worth!!! Especially artisanal items!!

  14. that song good. Viva Perú, muchas gracias por compartir sus experiencias, ha sido un excelente vídeo. Orgulloso de mi país.

  15. People at tourist markets will usually ask for a higher price than what they would settle for, especially for gringos or tourists that look like they have money lol.
    A useful phrase for haggling in Peru is: “¿a cuánto me lo deja”, or “¿a cuánto me deja todo?” if you’re buying a bunch of stuff from the same seller.
    People will usually substract around 5 to 10 soles or round up to the lowest x10.

  16. I've noticed a lot of people thinking that alpaca fiber is the most expensive and soft when actually vicuña fiber is the best. The garments made of this fiber are really expensive! Google vicuña, they're beautiful, very delicate animals.

  17. Très intéressant et surtout bien animé. La recherche est bien orientée. et les animateurs ont un excellent sens de l'humour.

  18. Both bought pretty awesome stuff but my mans in the red hat was looking fresh as hell in that poncho I was like damnnn he is so stylish!!

  19. As a Peruvian I must say you guys are awesome!!! Thank you for being so educated on the culture and for putting together such a informative and professional set of videos from Peru.

  20. You need know around of Lima the true cheaps market and the culture and friendship of peruvian people..let me know when you back here..

  21. Been working with artisans in Bolivia and I can tell you for sure that it is NOT alpaca. Real alpaga is expensive, even in Peru and Bolivia the furr to make your sweater would cost around 10 bucks. If they want to make profits they have to use synthetic whool. It's nice to bargain but it's also important to be aware of what you buy and to encourage sustainable tourism!

  22. One vicuna fiber scarf  cost 6500 soles equal 1960 USD the most expensive fiber… u can buy in KUNA stores …

  23. Dudes ! I like your videos ! Thank you for not bargain to much and support the locals Cuzqueños ! I am from Peru but I live in CA too. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

  24. Hey, you guys are great! I just been watch the whole series was folding my laundry I really want to go to Peru now. I'm probably going to go thanks bye

  25. Love your videos except they make me jealous!! I wish I could go there and visit Peru in person! I find the Peruanos that I have met and know to be a delightful and special people!

  26. I love your videos mate, but you need to learn the Spanish numbers befor you want to bargain. She asked quince Soles for the earrings. That is 15, not 50 haha

  27. Alpaca the most expensive? Have you heard about vicuña? That’s expensive

    So nice what you say about bargaining at the local shops. Thanks guys.

  28. Hi guys, I love the concept of your channel, and enjoy watching your videos. Thanks for visiting my country. 🤩🍸

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  31. the sweater is not alpaca, they say it's alpaca but it's mainly cotton… alpaca sweaters are around 200-300 soles

  32. Could you caption the Spanish? I show this video to my students who still need a bit of guidance with listening in Spanish and at the natural speed of the spoken language.

  33. I plan to travel to Peru next year and you guys were awesome…especially with travel wear and shopping tips…THANKS!

  34. Hi!! if someone needs a lodging or help in Cusco, i have an apartment for rent by airbnb, don't hesitate to write me.

  35. Do you bargain in USA?!?! Latin american people deserve what they charge for what spent time and effort creating, bargaining is disrespectful and degrading.

  36. Vicuña fiber is way more expensive than alpaca fiber. It's difficult to get vicuña fiber. Vicuñas are very sensitive animals. They are terrified by human touch, (since they aren't "domestic" as alpacas) So they will go under severe stress while its fiber is taken away.Vicuñas used to be endangered species. Now in Perú we have natural reserves (like Pampa Galeras) where vicuñas are protected from poachers, but illegal hunting is still a problem in their natural habitat. If you are able to buy something made of vicuña fiber, make sure it comes from legal producers.

  37. You are the perfectionist example of white privilege, do you bargain at your home country?! I guess not. If you can’t afford something just leave 😡

  38. I dont know but for some reason the two of you remember me the characters of the animated movie ''El Dorado''
    Sorry for my english!

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