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San Blas

Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #19 of 101 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This traditional old quarter of Cusco is the city's most picturesque district characterized by narrow and steep streets, colonial houses built with... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This was very close to my hotel (a block away), it is packed with small art galleries but you must go into each one to really get a feel of the artist work each has something unique and differs from the typical art crafts you find in the rest of the local markets. Be warned, to be allowed into the... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Walked up and down the main street to/from Plaza de Armas. Lots of souvenir shops and restaurants. The original inca walls with a man dressed up as an Inca King was interesting. Stay at one of the B&B/hotel up on the hill for the great view of Cusco day and night.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a charming neighborhood up the hill north of main square Plaza de Armas. There's a small central square lined with little shops and restaurants, further up there are winding cobblestoned streets with more shops, boutique hotels and tiny coffee shops. It's worth wandering around aimlessly taking in the picturesque views from various vantage points. Take it slow if... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

As a vegan enthusiast of the arts, I always seek out the bohemian neighborhoods. I really loved San Blas!! There are so many great veg friendly restaurants, charming streets, and local artisan shops. I spent one whole afternoon just walking around taking pictures of the street scapes. It's a little dark and deserted at night, so be careful ! I... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Located a little north of the plaza is the San Blas district. You'll need your walking shoes and be prepared for some steep roads. There are many small artisan shops to explore ranging from artists to instrument makers. Fun few hours, just more taxiing on the legs and lungs than I imagined.

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Winthrop, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a fun neighborhood to explore. So many little streets and niches. The streets, steps, and walkways are mainly old cobblestones that have been burnished by time and wear. They are super slippery when wet. I love dogs (I'm a vet) and there are lots of them everywhere. Mostly friendly, but be sure to avoid bites! Our guide told... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My friends and I had a nice time visiting the church and markets in the neighborhood an easy walk up the hill from the Plaza Armas

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We stayed in this area and it was quite quaint with narrow streets in the hilly area. It is an easy walk to the main plaza and the great churches of Cusco.

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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Healing House is located in these congested streets. The steps, the hills, the people - all absolutely fascinating. Even the taxi driver had difficulty wending his way through this area! The taxi drive itself is worth the visit! :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Make sure to see the church in San Blas Plaza. Also eat at Pacchapapa's. Great food! Try the trout or the roast lamb. Yummy!!!! Also don't miss the fiber artist, Maximo Laura's museum and gallery. His tapestries are amazing. They illustrate Peru's history in vibrant amazing colors and textures.

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