Plaza de Armas, Cusco

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Whether under the hot sun of day or bright lights at night, Plaza de Armas serves as Cusco's beating heart around the clock. Shops, restaurants, and bars line the buzzing square, which acts as a meeting point and a social destination. An imposing cathedral and a striking church symbolize the historical importance of the square--this is where Spanish forces first seized control of Cusco, imposing their rules and religion on the land. Admire the timeless architecture of the plaza, or simply take a seat next to the roses and watch Cusco life in motion before your eyes. With our world travel planner, Cusco attractions like Plaza de Armas can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • October 7, 2017
    Basically you end up here it’s a magnet. Enjoy it! Bars restaurants shopping etc..............,, it has the highest Irish bar in the world  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    Is beautiful and you can go at night and appreciate the local life at the same time that you have a view of the cathedral and its sorroundings.  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    The plaza de armas more beautiful of all Peru. It has an amazing atmosphere and a wide range of bars and shops to its surroundings. Safety pin!
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  • July 24, 2017
    Beautiful place with so many clothe stores, food stores, dancing clubs, people offering tours, and a lot more stuff. We could find everything we needed and much more there. The view is spectacular, during the day and night, when it square gets really shiny by the lights. Only "problem" was that there was quite a few street vendors offering their things. In the beginning it is not a big deal, but there is a lot of them and they keep insisting. It gets annoying after some time.
  • August 4, 2017
    So beautiful. Love the history. Lots to do and see. Great restaurants and shops. Be prepared to be bothered s lit by the locals trying to sell anything and everything to you.
  • June 7, 2017
    The square is chock-full of history and incredible architecture. There was so much to see--everything had a story. The people are super friendly and there are interesting shops around the area. It was a wonderful experience.
  • April 3, 2017
    A beautiful place to walk by, with plenty of places to spend time eating. The architecture is gorgeous. Make sure you visit the Cathedral if you like paintings. Be aware that there are plenty of people offering restaurant food and selling stuff and if you stop for a while you might be surrounded by them 😅
  • July 4, 2017
    Crazy Cusco. Very busy, but visually impressive plaza. Some decent bars around here, but you need to like tourists.

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