The Essential
A major folklore centre in the region, Catacaos is particularly lively on Saturdays and Sundays during its craft market, which draws goldsmiths, potters, huacos vendors and straw-hat makers. Don't miss the chance to wander around the picturesque lanes, whose dilapidated mud houses perch precariously on wooden stilts. After a shopping spree, fortify yourself with a glass of chicha de jora, alcohol distilled from fermented corn.