My second most favorite thing behind traveling is shopping. With exchange rates at 3:1 in Peru, being able to buy lots of souvenirs to bring back was super fun.
The little Peruvian doll and textiles were all handmade and the coca candy for my friends was a must.
If You Can’t Stop Thinking About It – Buy It!
No tour of the silver mines is complete, without the purchase of a beautiful necklace. The one I chose, represents all the important things I love about the Incan Culture – The Incan Cross (also known as the chakana), Astrological Calendar, Mother Earth, & The Circle Of Life. When buying silver in Peru, make sure the purity of the silver is 9.75 or above .
I Would Give Up Shopping, But I Am Not A Quitter
My ultimate favorite, though, is the baby alpaca sweater. This item is pure luxury. When visiting Cusco, make sure you buy your baby alpaca from a reputable vendor to get the highest quality. It’s best not to souvenir shop from street vendors, as quality is often poor.
I also collect stones from all my different travels. I look and search for the perfect ones that speak to me. The ones that contain positive energies and just the right colors / shapes I am looking for. Do you see the heart on the little stone? I especially love heart-shaped ones. The little pins were handmade by the children on the day we spent celebrating The Sun Festival.
What’s your favorite souvenir to bring back from your trips? Share your story with me!