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San Blas, Cusco

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The historical heart of the city, San Blas impresses with its cobbled streets, antique homes, and wealth of attractions catering to the tourism industry. A blend of Spanish and native influence, the neighborhood overflows with age-old ambience, a result of centuries of habitation by locals and colonial newcomers alike. Ascend the steep hill to the neighborhood's upper portion for sweeping views of the plaza and surrounding city, as well as a chance to view some intricate woodcarving at the temple here. Afterwards, you can find plenty of entertainment and souvenirs in the lower portion, chock-full of hostels, bars, restaurants, gift shops, and backpacker hangouts. Arrange to visit San Blas and other attractions in Cusco using our Cusco trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • To get from the plaza to the San Blas square, it can be covered on foot, they are few blocks, but there is a slope which can be overcome with slow pace. The view is worthwhile, because there is a pretty swimming pool lights and at the top a view of spectacular Cusco. In the same area there are restaurants, places to buy souvenirs, and taxi if wish to take.
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  • It's kinda the cusco hipster neighborhood where you will find something to eat vegan, vegetarian or Peruvian! Very nice! And there are plenty of small shops, Center of massage healing, yoga etc. A must see!
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  • As this plaza is up a steep hill then many dont make the heart thumping climb. But if you do its a quiet little haven with mainly locals sitting round doing there thing & a few recovering tourists. Lo...  more »

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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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