San Blas, Cusco
Well San Blas isnt too off the beaten path but its somewhat of a walk if you want to get there from the Plaza de Armas. Of course we did do a bunch of stops by the time we got here. But I think San Blas was one of the places in Cusco that I really really liked. Adrianna and I took a hike up on of the streets and it was a pretty steep walk with very narrow streets. It was a work out. First we got to the Plaza San Blas. From there we saw the Iglesia San Blas and in the square we shopped alittle and listened to music. This place had the feel of a place like Solvang (USA). It also has a style all its own and very unique in Cusco. In the plaza square you will see a mix of people. Some Indiginous, some hippie types, tourist, dreed locked wearing people, tattooed, stoners, drinkers...all kinds of unique individuals. From the plaza square we went up by the shops and cafes and walked all the way up the steep streets to a look out point. It was like a hangout type of little park. Most of the people hanging out were locals, it was early in the morning and quite a few people were already drunk. We took a few pictures there and we were going to hang out for a while but decided against it. In San Blas there are alot of Hostals.
San Blas was my favorite spot in Cusco. Do not miss it!
From the exterior San Blas is just a bland looking church when compared to the others that you find in Cusco, however inside it has one important aspect that makes a visit worthwhile. That is the exquisitely carved pulpit. Some call this the finest example of wood carving in the Americas and to be honest I have yet to have seen anything comparable in my travels. It is not known for certain who exactly carved this masterpiece but it was most likely the work of a 17th century native craftsman named Tomas Tuyro Tupa. The pulpit was carved out of cedar in the Churrigueresque style. Beyond the pulpit there is actually very little inside of the chapel that is distinguished. Entry to the church is included in the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
Of note about the picture posted here. I was not allowed to take a photo of the pulpit itself as San Blas as in all the churches in Cusco, photos are not permitted. I scanned this image from a postcard I purchased outside on the square.
After climbing the steep street of San Blas, if you are still alive, you will met San Blas Square, a peaceful and cute place, from where you will enjoy an awesome sight of the city.
Luego de trepar la empinada Cuesta de San Blas, si aún estás con vida, te encontrarás con la Plaza de San Blas, un tranquilo y precioso lugar, desde donde disfrutarás una impactante vista de la ciudad.
picturesque street leading to san blas'church...inside,worth while,a wooded baroque chair....increible!
near,see also small nazarenas square
have a walk,in the evening,far from tourists and meet cusco people!
San Blas slope is a beautiful narrow street that climbs a hill; at the end of the slop there is San Blas Square, from where you can see a beautiful sight of Cusco. Then, take a deep breath, and enjoy!
San Blas is the oldest part of Cusco, and because of it's site as an Inca Capital it was the midpoint of the known world.