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San Blas
San Blas

San Blas

8.714 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark, Neighborhood
Ranked #10 in Cusco things to do
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Plazoleta de San Blas, Cusco 08000, Peru
+51 84 596159
https://www.theonlyperuguide.com/peru-guide/cusco/highlights/san-blas-cusco/
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San Blas is a picturesque neighborhood up a steep hill above the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. It is known for its colonial architecture, numerous artist studios, and many bars and restaurants.

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New York City, New York State, USA

It’s a huff and a puff up the hill from the Plaza de Armas, but worth a good two or three hours of exploring. The neighborhood is a center of artisans, and while many hawk unoriginal wares on the main square, there are a number of small shops all around the neighborhood selling interesting clothes, souvenirs and other local wares.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Nice little area of Cusco with many hotels and restaurants. We came here to try out Pacha Papa which is one of the more popular restaurants in the city. It was very good.

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Edinburgh, UK

Charming little neighborhood with beautiful architecture, sweeping views, and lots of arts and culture. Great place to find a hotel or wander around for an afternoon.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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San Blas is a cute area. It's claim to fame is the strong artistic heritage here. The square of San Blas itself is home to numerous local art galleries. I wish I had been able to explore them!

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Madrid, Spain

Narrow cobblestone lanes, bohemian cafes, with a hippie atmosphere, San Blas is a charming neighbourhood. One of the best (but pricey) restaurant, Pacha Papa, is right on the plaza. It's a bit of a breathless climb from the Plaza de Armas but well worth the exercise. It's much quieter and slightly less touristy.

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Alameda, California, USA

San Blas area of Cusco is much quieter than the main square but filled with ancient Inca streets and a mixture of Spanish colonial homes. Many locals referred to it as the art district. There are some nicer hotels in this district as well because they get the stunning views of Plaza de Armas from the hillside.

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São Paulo, Brazil

San Blas is the most ancient neighborhood of Cusco. It's streets are narrow and date back to the 14th century. Today it's home for the hippies and the hostels but also has good restaurants like Pacha Papa. Going down from San Blas to the Plaza de Armas, you will see the Archbishop's palace, which was, of couse, built on top of Inca Roca's residence and it's where you can see the amazing 12-angled stone. The angles on the stones were used to avoid crumbling with earthquakes.
On this street you can also find several craft shops that are less expensive than touristy markets.

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Brisbane, Australia

Cute little plaza in the old town with a nice church. Creates a romantic setting in the evening for a stroll, and it is close to a bunch of cafes and bistros

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São Paulo, Brazil

Important building built by Spanish conquer that exists nowadays and many people can visit.

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San Francisco, California
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I had the pleasure of staying in San Blas when visiting Cusco. Perched in the hills, above the fracas of Plaza de Armas (especially during Inti Raymi), it's a short walk to all the major sites, but a great place to decompress at night. Its steep vistas, sunny courtyards, and bohemian cafes were reminiscent of my San Francisco hometown, and I felt very comfortable here. At night, it was a great place to unwind, grab a quick bite and drink. There are several language schools in the area, and it was filled with many students, expatriates, and other interesting folks.

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This is a nice place to explore if you have time

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Nice place!!!

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Kiryat Gat, Israel
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