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August 21, 2005
What they had: pottery, Incan art, flutes and other instruments, purses, handbags, tablecloths, shirts, sweaters, and much more.
Alpaca warning: Many shops will try to sell you baby Alpaca sweaters which look and feel really great but at these outside shops you need to be cautious. When someone tries to sell you baby Alpaca, think to yourself, "Maybe" Alpaca, because most of the sweaters sold on the streets will only be about 5% Alpaca. If you really want an Alpaca sweater, go to a shop in Cusco; they should be upwards of $70 if they are real. If you really like the Maybe Alpaca sweater, you can still get it; you should be able to bargain it down to $10-$12 dollars, and at that price, even Maybe Alpaca is pretty good. (Real Alpaca will not be fussy.)
Bargaining tip: Go back and forth with the merchant on price. Always stay very low. Get them to the point where they say they won't go any lower and start to walk away. They will ALWAYS go down, because they want to make the sale more than anything.
From journal The Secrets of the Sacred Valley
July 12, 2005
From journal Magnificent Machu Picchu & the Serene Sacred Valley