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“Where all the hippies went!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Blas

San Blas
Cusco, Peru
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Cusco City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #12 of 89 Attractions in Cusco
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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.
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“Where all the hippies went!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

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!

Visited March 2013
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“Bohemian Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

San Blas is a very nice area to visit while in Cusco. The walk from the main plaza up to San Blas is very nice, with great cobble stone streets, and amazing stone buildings. San Blas is quiet and bohemian, with lots of artists on the streets, and nice vibes.

Visited January 2013
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“cute little plaza”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

we stayed almost next to this plaza, its small and cute, a lot of people walk through there. cuscos main square is about 3 blocks down hill from here, so make sure u have confy shoes,, the streets are stone paved and they tend to get sliperry sometimes. you will also see a lot of souvenir shops make sure you dont accept the initial price when they see you are a tourist they tend to raise price ..theres is plenty restaurant close by and a couple of bars...be prepapred for the walks keep in mind cusco is located @ 3300 METERS of altitude . have fun & travel smart

Visited February 2013
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Crete, Greece
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“Unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Romantic , touristic , Unique area in center Cuzco . Make sure that you are wearing good NON slippery shoes . Going through involves climbing style walking on slippery shiny stone covered streets . Above the average quality souvenir stores . Do NOT waist your precious daytime hours to visit . instead save evening and/or late evening hour for this . !!! The area gets more ...''alive'' after dark . !!!

Visited March 2012
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“Very hilly but cute little streets, shops and little deli's/bistros”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

A good walk, as its very up and down, but felt safe and nice to walk around in... San Blas is the area right off the main square, behind the Cathedral. Many good little restaurants/delis/bistros with affordable (and healthy and delicious!) fruit shakes, fries, sandwiches, etc.

Visited February 2013
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