Plaza de Armas, Cusco

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • The downtown, here you can find many shops, restaurants, and hotels, I recommend doing a free walking tour, which is offered by guides, since they will guide you through the main streets and...  more »
  • This is the cultural center of the city and the main square surrounded by historic buildings. It is very attractive and interesting as well as vibrant--lots of people and activities. The cathedral.....  more »
  • Cool plaza in the center you have to check out! Don’t really know what to say about it in a review but 100% worth a visit while here.  more »
  • This is the main square in Cuzco, Peru. Beautiful place and very large. The cathedral is on one side and stores line the others. It is very active all day and in the evening. This is a wonderful place for people watching. There are a number of restaurants - all good. Give it a try.
  • A nice square when you can just hang out on the stairs. Pretty busy but relaxing at the same time. If you are lucky you may happen to find a parade made of 4 to 10 dancers in traditional outfits. Enjoy the breathtaking Cusco atmosphere and take your time.
  • La Plaza de Armas is a landmark of the city of Cusco paved with striking cobblestones, flanked by old beautiful churches, and offering a view of the surrounding hills. In my view it is best visited in the evening when the sun is setting and the lamps come on, giving the place a romantic ambience. But that can change a lot depending on the time of day--one Friday afternoon for example the square was filled with people and a noisy, cheerful and colourful parade. Probably my least favourite part of the experience are the people hassling visitors constantly offering massages, scarves, and tour packages.
  • This is a busy square, which is quite beautiful. It is surrounded by government buildings, including the Presidential Palace and the City Hall. It is very old, and there are good places to take great pictures. Like in other places in the world, the presidential soldier's performance a daily walk playing Peru's national anthem. Everything is great until the crowd gets too big.
  • Plaza De Armas is the center of the city, many shops nearby, good to choose hotels around. The plaza is full of police, make you feel safe to stay here. And all the attractions is around this plaza, so it's good to start your visit from here. The plaza itself is also a nice place to chill when the weather is good

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