The 8 Best Things about South America

Shopping in the Local Markets

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5. Shopping in the Local Markets

Wandering through a typical South American market is an overwhelming sensory experience. There are stacks of mangos, strawberries and bananas piled high, thick slabs of meat being butchered right in front of you, and tiny old ladies sitting amidst piles of hand-woven wicker baskets that tower over their heads. The experience of shopping in a market is so different than the sterile experience of buying your food from a grocery store. Instead of plastic wrapped fruit being scanned through a checkout queue, you buy it directly from the family who grows it. There’s nothing like coming back from the market with a delicious haul of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and other treats and making a tasty lunch.