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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. Plan to see Plaza de Armas and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cusco trip itinerary builder.
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  • Beautiful, central square, overlooking the Cathedral and other churches, clean, surrounded by various restaurants
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  • This is a cool plaza in the centre of Cusco. There are heaps of cool shops selling alpaca products and nice restaurants.  more »
  • The plaza de armas is very nice, beautiful and set the location of the Cathedral which is spectacular! Full of history! Is one of the best in Latin America! The square a typical place that you have to go because there is always some cultural event.
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  • Spectacular center of town with lots of historic buildings and opportunities to spend money. The hawkers tend to be annoying, and they are all selling the same things made in a factory near Puno. Ignore them if you can and enjoy the beauty.
  • It's hard to beat the most famous Plaza right in the heart of the Oldest Living City in all of Latin America. While there remains some controversy about the original name given the Plaza de Armas by the Ancient Incans (Aucaypata [place of war], Waqay Pata [place of crying] or Huacaypata [sacred place]), what is generally accepted is that the Incans used this place as the center of administration, religion and culture. Of course the Plaza today speaks more of the subsequent Spanish colonization complete with magnificent churches framed by traditional cobble-stone roads and paving. Sadly, ruins of the Incan's original buildings lay the foundations of almost all of the Spanish churches found around the Plaza. The Spaniards executed the last remaining Incan leader, Tupac Amaru II, right here in the Plaza in 1781, as their ultimate expression of military conquest in the region.
  • The historical and current heart of central Cusco - major historical sites and the central market for all things touristic. Open only to foot traffic during most days, there is a parade or other event here almost every day. Try the Museo de Cafe for a great cup of coffee for less than you'll pay at Starbucks (also on the Plaza). Yes, McDonald's and KFC are here, but try the new Barrio Cevicheria on the Plaza for some of Cusco's best (Lima quality) ceviche. And the people watching can be very good here.
  • What a wonderful place. On Sundays, the locals come out in their Sunday best for church as well as parades. Watch out for the buskers at times, though.
  • This place is absolutely amazing, any time it is bustling. From dances to romance to fiesta. Definitely recommend getting a hostel right in the heart of Cusco!