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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  • I spent the new year in the square, she is beautiful, with its lights, bars and restaurants, I went every day during my stay in Cusco
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  • A square well visited, people from all corners of the world, several cafes and hotels, easy access to everything. Several restaurants next to the square, a very pleasant environment. Worth knowing.
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  • Enjoyed my day trip in Cusco one of the best places was the plaza de armas lots people and different shops lots of colours  more »
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  • An awesome, scenic part of Cusco. Filled with people, dogs, and interesting architecture. This part of town is very touristy. However, it's that way for a reason. There are museums everywhere (check out the chocolate museum nearby!), and a ton of very good restaurants.
  • Stunning. That's the best word to use to describe this place. Everyday I go to this plaza my jaw drops. Just simply beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice. The only downside is how many people approach you to buy things and annoy you to do a tour of some sort. But it's beauty isn't lessened any by it. Just be aware that you will get asked to buy something at least 20 times while you are admiring the beauty you are witnessing.
  • It is a great experience to visit not only Plaza De Armas but walk around the whole Historic Centre. Several good restaurants, museums and churches to visit. A lot of vendors offering tours but that is the way it is. If you say that you are not interested, they will not insist. Not only go through the principal streets, also take the lateral small steeps streets and you'll discover more gems. You can visit on your own or with a Tour. Both ways depend on your preference.
  • Plaza De Armas .. A Stunning place in the heart of Cusco. Place where you could feel and experience history, culture, and excitement to be alive. Walk around the whole Historic Center and enjoy good restaurants, museums and churches. BEWARE of Pick Pockets and keep your Phone safe
  • This place is pretty nice, I would recommend to go there by night. You will have a great view on mountain with lights on. The plaza is most of the time full but the only problem is all these people trying to sell you anything at anytime... Very very annoying. I love this place but I won't stay more than 5 minutes there because it becomes annoying very quickly
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