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Address: Cusco, Peru
Description: This traditional old quarter of Cusco is the city's most picturesque...
This traditional old quarter of Cusco is the city's most picturesque district characterized by narrow and steep streets, colonial houses built with walls of Incan stone and numerous art workshops.
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Don't Miss San Blas Church

Don't make the mistake of avoiding a bit of a hike up the hill to visit the San Blas Church, the oldest in Spanish Cusco. It is easy to visit just the Cathedral and the Jesuit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Don't make the mistake of avoiding a bit of a hike up the hill to visit the San Blas Church, the oldest in Spanish Cusco. It is easy to visit just the Cathedral and the Jesuit Church (Iglesia de la Compania) and call it a day with churches, but the little San Blas Church has both history and charm. An... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

While visiting our daughter, who lives on Carmen Bajo in San Blas, we roamed up and down the hills of San Blas exploring shops in every nook and cranny, and visiting museums. A beautiful and historic part of town. The steps will leave you winded, especially if you're just off the plane. But the sights won't disappoint.

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Mount Vernon, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This used to be a nice place, but it keeps on losing its charm. Full of stores, cafes and restaurants. It is no longer what i used to be. Cuzco has nice architecture, but it is loosing its charm. Quite sad.

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Wallasey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Narrow streets with plenty of local shops to hunt for souvenirs and bargains, dont be afraid to haggle, you can get up to 405 discount if you push enough. Lovely old buildings

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Cusco, Peru
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I decided to visit this place as soon as I got to Cusco the alleys around preserve this colonial style and and small church but the area wasnt that clean and the shops around this area offered quite expensive souvenirs, if you have free time you can do it

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Very tranquil spot, yet still tourist-oriented. Nice when you want to get a break from all the tourist-filled streets around the plaza. You will have to climb uphill for a bit.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

San Blas is quieter than most parts of town and features narrow cobblestone streets in addition to its own smaller plaza with a church and pretty fountain. There are many artists selling their wares along with fun cafes, restaurants and boutique hotels. This is definitely one of the better parts of Cuzco and worth your time if you don't mind... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

San Blas is Cusco's artisan centre and is around the Plaza de San Blas. We took a 10 minute taxi ride from Plaza de Armas to avoid the uphill climb. The square has a beautiful mini waterfall, the old Church of San Blas, very interesting shops and art galleries and local folk selling their wares.

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California
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This backpackers district is unique and a nice change from the craziness of the major tourist plazas in the center of town. Narrow, windy, cobble stone streets give you a different feel from the bus and auto crazed life elsewhere. Backpackers sell homemade wares in the area too.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We initially had a hotel near the main street in Cuzco. We changed hotels and end up in San Blas....and we couldn't have been happier. Gorgeous narrow cobblestone streets, great views, eclectic restaurants. ...etc. it was an experience in itself. I would very highly recommend staying in this area.

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