The traditional way of shopping for fresh fruits, veggies, meat and groceries in Lima is going to the local mercado (market). However, in the last 10 years the capital of Peru was plastered with many modern big supermarkets and hypermarkets, so many people changed their behavior and more and more Limeños use this efficient way of shopping. While prices might be a little higher in supermarkets than on the market around the corner, the variety of local and imported products is quite good, and especially for imported goods improved steadily in the last years.
Most supermarkets offer next to a wide range of breads, fruits and veggies, meat, poultry, fish, baby supplies, animal stuff, frozen foods and other groceries, also household supplies, clothes, stationary and toys. Nothing compared to an American Wallmart or Target, but for many a good way to do their weekly shopping or just to get a glass of their favorite peanut butter, an imported cheese, chocolate or sweets from back home or a good bottle of wine. While there might be still a few food items from your home country missing, the variety of local products easily can compensate for that.
All big supermarkets accept cash payments in Soles or Dollar. Visa Credit Cards are also a common method of payment (as foreigner take your Passport or Carne with you, as a national your DNI). Some supermarkets even offer online shopping, including the service of bringing your purchases to your doorstep. The five big supermarket chains in Peru are open Monday to Sunday and almost all public holidays, while the actual opening hours vary from location to location. Most open between 08.00 am and 09.00 am and close at around 10.00 pm.
Peruvian Flag Day
To honor the brave men that tried to protect Peruvian territory and the Peruvian flag on June 7, 1880 during the Battle of Arica, one of the most important encounters of the War of the Pacific between Peruvian forces and the Chilean enemy, Peru celebrates each year the National Flag Day.
Date : Wednesday, 07 June 2023
Corpus Christi celebration in Cusco
Around the globe the Christian community celebrates Corpus Christi, so the Eucharist being the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, 9 weeks after Easter. While this religious festival is celebrated throughout the country, the most enthusiastic and spectacular celebration is in Cusco.
Date : Thursday, 08 June 2023
Date : Thursday, 29 June 2023