Peru and the world’s center of the wool industry is in Arequipa. The high altitude plains outside of the city are home to massive herds of alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas and every major alpaca clothing manufacture is based here. You’ll find alpaca and vicuña wool woven into brightly patterned sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, and gloves, as well as wall hangings, blankets, and carpets.
Alpaca Clothing Stores in Arequipa
Incalpaca (Grupo Inca) – the maker of the Kuna, Alpaca 111, TUMI, and CONDOR labels and has two factory outlets in Arequipa, a small one in the Claustros de la Compañia, and a larger one 15 minutes outside of town on Avenida Juan Bustamante s/n, in the Tahuaycani district, which also has a small zoo.
Mundo Alpaca – Alameda San Lázaro, an upscale boutique with a camelid zoo, an art gallery, and textile museum from the makers of Sol Alpaca, the Mitchell Group.
Sol Alpaca – Santa Catalina 210.
Alpaca Azul, Santa Catalina 225 near the convent
Incalpaca, claustros de la compania (which has many fine jewelry shops) courtyard two, store #18. Kuna, Santa Catalina 210.
Patio del Ekeko, Mercaderes 141, has several upscale shops selling jewelry, textiles, liquor, books, and other highbrow souvenirs.
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