San Blas is a very pretty area of Cusco, in what used to be a residential district above the main centre. It is characterised by small, winding streets only one car wide, almost vertical climbs, small houses and - thanks to the tourists - lots of boutique places hither and yon. It's also rather a hike up the hill, and there are fewer commercial nasties than there are further down. The place is centred around a small plaza. The church is pretty enough. There is an antiques store, a Spondylus jewellery store, a store you can have your aura read by a half Arizonan, half Peruvian 'capitalist indian', a folk art museum containing spectacular papier mache and plaster works, and a couple of the usual tourist shops. Food is also available above the plaza. There is also a market on Saturdays and Sundays (though it seems to be rather erratic) in the square. It's not cheap - if youre thinking of stocking up on souvenirs, hit the Central Market (San Pedro) down the hill. There are many travellers with earnest expressions, striped clothes, unusual facial hair and crystal jewellery...I thought they had died out years ago!
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