San Blas

A pleasant area of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Cusco worth visiting is San Blas. It’s uphill from Plaza de Armas and was once used as a residential area for the Inca elite. It is now a quiet residential area with narrow alleys and whitewashed homes, and many good restaurants are located there.

San Blas, Cusco, Peru

San Blas

 

Plaza de San Blas

The focal point of the area is Plaza de San Blas. The plaza is filled with benches and a fountain, and is surrounded by many shops selling locally made crafts.

Plaza de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Plaza de San Blas

Plaza de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Plaza de San Blas

 

Iglesia de San Blas

The church, Iglesia de San Blas, was built in 1563. It’s the oldest parish church in Cusco. Admission to the church is included in the Boleto Integral. There is some beautiful artwork in the church but photography is not allowed. Visitors are able to climb the bell tower for great views of Cusco and the plaza.

Iglesia de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Iglesia de San Blas

View from the bell tower of Iglesia de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

View from the bell tower of the church

 

Wandering Around

My favorite thing to do in the neighborhood is to wander up and down the narrow cobblestoned alleys. You will find cafés, guesthouses, shops, and more along the way.

San Blas, Cusco, Peru

An alley

San Blas, Cusco, Peru

A narrow alley

 

Mirador de San Blas

If you make it up to the top of the neighborhood, you will be rewarded with some spectacular views of Cusco. This is called Mirador de San Blas, and you can spot many different landmarks in and around the city from there.

Mirador de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Mirador de San Blas

View from Mirador de San Blas in San Blas, Cusco, Peru

View from Mirador de San Blas

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