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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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  • We arrived just before the Inti Raymi festival and for the 4 days in total we stayed in Cusco, this place was busy! We just couldnt keep up with the number of parades. It was very impressive. The secu...  more »
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  • Since there are all possible from Cuzco, excursions that if tene patience as everything is overflowing of people, and the guides above are not as sufficiently skilled in the organization... remember... are on vacation... not calentarum...
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 😅
  • Crazy Cusco. Very busy, but visually impressive plaza. Some decent bars around here, but you need to like tourists.

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Where to stay in Cusco

One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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