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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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  • The warm lighting and cozy feel made me actually enjoy winter! Cusco is such a underrated gem. We felt safe the whole time and was our favourite city in SA  more »
  • I can't get out of this city because of this plaza and all the streets that branch away from it. It's a great place to meander ones way through, enjoy the restaurants, the shopping and the people. The...  more »
  • The square has the Cathedral and shops with the Plaza de Armas in the middle. The shops are pricey. Was there for their Carnival and it was very colorful with all of the native dress and dancers.  more »
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  • 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 😅
  • Phenomenal place to be. We stayed in the plaza and it's literally got everything you need within walking distance. Another plus is that it looks incredible.
  • Great food/restaurant options. The veiws from the restaurant windows are great. Lots of shopping and for travelers you can sit in the park and let your shopping come to you (although this is both good and bad).
  • Beautiful historical area within Cusco. It's just as beautiful at night as it is during the day. Lots of places to shop, eat, drink and dance.