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 had the opportunity of being on several occasions but at important parties surrounding tend to fill up garbage
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  • At night this plaza is illuminated with warm lights that make the unique environment. It's just beautiful, it is worth staying awhile just watching and admiring
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  • All Cuzco is wonderful, worthwhile wander through its streets and removed the bonus that allows you to visit 15 attractions and see them quietly. Not contrateis in the same square there has been some deception, best with an agency there. The square surrounded by colonial buildings and its Cathedral, the Inca Pachacutec in the middle is precious.
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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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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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