How it works:
- Version 1: baby alpaca products are commonly faked. Cheap imitations are made with blends of synthetic fibres and brushed acrylic available at very low prices.
- Version 2: “real” Inca pottery, antiques or similar items are also likely to be fake.Even if it’s genuine, taking them out of Peru is illegal.
- Version 3: most crafts in the market are mass-produced with tourists targeted.
Places to beware:
- Arequipa: Plaza de Armas
- Cusco: Centro Historico De Cusco
- Lima: Miraflores
What to do:
- Baby alpaca:
- Real alpaca should feel cool and heavier.
- The inside should also not feel much rougher than the outside.
- Two further red flags are if it comes in super bright colors or are priced too low.
- Some places to check out include Kuna, Sol Alpaca or the factory outlet in Arequipa.
- Hand weavings:
- For authentic ones, visit a fair trade store or weaving coop.