The Best Bookshops In Cusco, Peru

Photo of Chloe Hanschen
9 February 2017

Sometimes all you need on vacation is a good book or a helpful guide and with the help of a local bookstore, you can accomplish both. Here’s our guide to our favorite bookstores in Cusco that carry novels, guidebooks, historical books, and more.

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SBS Bookshop

Come to the SBS Bookshop to find the largest collection of English language books in Cusco. They offer guidebooks, novels, and books about Peru. This is a good place to find a local guide about what to do while you are in Peru. The helpful proprietors can help you find the right books and offer you insider tips for getting around Cusco.

SBS Bookshop, Av El Sol 781A


Just finished your book and want to start another? Then check out Jerusalen bookstore, the largest book exchange in Cusco. Trade in two used books to get another, which is a good option for someone who does not want to cart around a large collection of books while they travel. In addition to their book exchange, they also offer guidebooks, CDs, and other books for sale.


Genesis Bookstore

Genesis Bookstore offers a large collection of books in Spanish. Many of their books are classics, history books, and non-fiction, but they also offer some of the newest novels. The bookstore is active on Facebook and you can check out their page to find out what their latest events are or to inquire about whether they have something specific that you are looking for.


Librería Familia

Librería Familia is a large chain of bookstores located throughout Peru. The Cusco branch specializes in ‘Peruvian and world literature, editions of humanities, social sciences, and arts.’ They offer these specialties as well as a good selection of other categories, and the bookstore also sells books published by the Centro Bartolome de Las Casas.

Librería Centros Bartolomé de las Casas

Librería Centros Bartolomé de las Casas was established in 1974. The library specializes in ‘Andean culture, history, tourism, art’ and many other areas. Today they have more than 20,000 books in addition to their journals, documents, reference books, and maps. Come here to find information on Cusco’s history or to find directions, and they also have a large reading room with internet access.

Librería Centros Bartolomé de las Casas, Pampa de la Alianza Nro 164 +51 84 245415

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