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Most shopping around Machu Picchu centers on souvenirs, which are either charming or kitschy, depending on your perspective. Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend stocking up on postcards as a way to arm yourself with magnificent photos of the ruins. Clothing, rugs or bags made from alpaca fiber, a Peruvian specialty, can be found in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest Machu Picchu. But you’ll find a better selection (and much higher quality) in the shops of Cuzco, a short train ride away and a major gateway to Machu Picchu (almost all visitors to the ruins pass through it). Do your shopping there, and you’ll find stylish boutiques, crafts markets and international shipping agents who can help you get your haul home.