South America Living

Mercado San Camilo in Arequipa, Peru

Stand of Fruit Stands - Around $1.50 USD for Fresh Juice

The main farmer’s market in Arequipa, Peru is Mercado San Camilo. Spanning a few blocks and containing an upper-level cafeteria plus a couple basic restaurants it is a nice spot to wander around in, buy fresh produce, meat, jams, bread and have a drink or a meal.

Breakfast time in the upper level is fun for people watching and very popular with locals such as tables full of police officers and security guards having an inexpensive meal to start their day; be on your best behaviour!

It is 5 blocks from Plaza de Armas and open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It celebrated its 130 year existence last January (2011). For historic photographs of the market view this online news article: El más antiguo de Arequipa: Mercado San Camilo celebra 130 años

To see what it is like now, take a walk-through by viewing this YouTube video: Mercado San Camilo in Arequipa, Peru

For information on grocery shopping in regular stores i.e. supermarkets such as El Super, with a price chart of commonly purchased items click here.

If planning a visit to Arequipa or stopping through on your way to the Colca Canyon… places to stay, where to eat and things to do can be found here: Travel Guide to Arequipa

Selling Dry Goods at Mercado San Camilo in Arequipa, Peru

Buy Your Pure Butter, Pizzas & Jam (Mermelada in Spanish) Here!

Photographs and video by Molly McHugh, all rights reserved.

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