Map &
Directions

Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson
"Meet your knowledgeable guide at Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco and begin your small-group tour with a stroll through the historic square dating back to the time of the Incas. Admire the Renaissance-style Cathedral from the 17th century and then gaze at the baroque façade of Jesuit church La Compania originally constructed in the 16th century. Learn about both edifices built on sites that were formerly Incan palaces. Follow your guide out of the square onto streets lined with remnants of Incan walls gigantic blocks of granite fitting together perfectly without mortar which stand side by side with colonial architecture. At the palace of Inca Roca you’ll see fitted into the wall a 12-angled stone
From $35.00
 
Awana Kancha and San Blas Tour from Cusco
"After pickup from your downtown Cusco hotel visit the Coricancha also known as the 'Temple of the Sun' built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Learn from your guide how the Sun (Inti in Quechua) was worshiped during the Inca Empire and how the temple's walls were fully covered with gold sheets and the courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas. Head to the Cathedral the most impressive building on the Main Square. Hear how the Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered the extraction and transportation of thousands of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for the Cathedral's construction
From $121.00
 
Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour
"Go on bikes along the ancient stone paved streets to discover the secret spots and admire the varied architectural styles: Inca colonial and republican! Visit many interesting places: the rivers traversing the city underground panoramic view points handcrafts market the twelve cornered stone street the seven snakes street the legendary departure gates to the four Suyus
From $67.00

San Blas Tips (19)

Iglesia de San Blas

A much simpler Adobe Church set in a beautiful plaza. what it lacks for ornateness on the outside is made up for in the wonderful wood carved alter on the inside. The church sits in a little local square uphill (north) of the Plaza de Armas.

Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
Jim_Eliason
Jun 04, 2016

Plaza San Blas

Nice plaza filled with shops, restaurants and night clubs. There is also an open air market that is held here during the day. its a steep 4-5 block walk uphill from the plaza de Armas to get to this plaza but well worth the effort.

Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
Jim_Eliason
Jun 02, 2016

Don't miss the lovely San Blas area

Barrio de San Blas is one of Cusco's oldest neighborhoods. The parish church on Plaza San Blas was built in 1563, only a 30 years after the Spanish conquest. It is often described as the most picturesque area in the city, and after having spent the better part of an evening wandering through its charming cobblestone streets, I must agree with this assessment. It's quite a hike to get up to the most scenic sites, and if you've only just arrived in Cusco and are still experiencing the shortness of breath that comes with being at such a high altitude, you might be wondering whether it's worth walking up the hill, but trust me, it is! Not only do you get to enjoy some fantastic views of the city, but San Blas's lovely whitewashed houses will make you think you've just landed in Greece :o) The area is also known for its scores of artists and artisans, whose arts and handicrafts are sold in small shops or on Plaza San Blas. There definitely is a bohemian feel to the whole area, which I would compare to the one found in Paris's Montmartre.

Jefie's Profile Photo
Jefie
Jun 06, 2015

Barrio de San Blas

Thsi is the artisan centre of Cusco and centred around the Plaza de San Blas. From Plaza de Armas take Triunfo and head uphill for about 10 minutes. The square has a lovely waterfall, the Iglesia de San Blas (one of the oldest churches in Cusco), shops and art galleries and local folk selling their wares.

Rather than walk up from the Plaza de Armas, take a taxi for a few Sol and wander back down the hill.

al2401's Profile Photo
al2401
Dec 26, 2011
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near San Blas

Hotels
Calle Palacios 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
Show Prices
Hotels
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco, Peru
Show Prices
Hotels
Calle Los Cipreses N-5, Residencial Huancaro, Cusco, CUSCO01, Peru
Show Prices
Hotels
Choquechaca 339, Cusco, Peru
Show Prices
Hotels
Tocuyeros 566, Cusco, Peru
Show Prices
Hotels
Calle Meloc 442, Cusco, Peru
Show Prices

San Blas Church

Today San Blas is known as the Artists' District. There is a little square with a lovely waterfall. Next to the square is Iglesia de San Blas (Church of Saint Blaise). It is a simple adobe church with a single nave and one of the oldest churches in Cusco possibly 1544 but records are unclear. Over the years the original adobe has been reinforced with stone work especially after earthquakes. The bell tower was replaced after the earthquake of 1950.

The little church is the home of one of the jewels in the crown of Latin American colonial art. The pulpit has been intricately carved from a single cedar tree trunk. It was carved in the 17th century but agin records are unclear as to who was the artist and how long the project took to complete.

Unfortunately photography (flash and no flash) is not permitted.

Entrance is 15 Sol (2011) and is not on the Tourist Ticket.

Take a taxi to San Blas for a few Sol and wander down the streets to Plaza de Armas

al2401's Profile Photo
al2401
Dec 26, 2011

Parroquia de San Blas

Although this little curch might not look like much from the outside, I would challenge people to give it a chance! It's situated in the heart of the San Blas quarters, right next to the Plaza de San Blas, and in fact this is one of the first churches in the city of Cusco. The most interesting part of the church is obviously the inside, where you will find a pulpit made out of one single piece of mahogany, and which is considered as one of the maximum expressions of colonial barroque in Cusco. The pulpit as well as the altar are quite impressive, unfortunately there were no pictures allowed inside. The entrance to see the church will cost (it's not included in the boleto turístico), but it's not too expensive.

Urzu's Profile Photo
Urzu
Jul 28, 2008

The more bohemian quarters

San Blas is the more bohemian part in the city of Cusco. It's a bit up-hill, so might be a bit more tiring to get there the first day. In San Blas you'll find plenty of very picturesque streets, squares, and plenty of art shops, restaurants and bars. Definitelly a nice place to enjoy the more alternative atmosphere of the city.

Urzu's Profile Photo
Urzu
Jul 28, 2008

Bario de san Blas

This is a great walk to do . It's a steep walk from the Paza de Armas. The steets are narrow and from the top you catch a good view of the city . Lots of little bars and restaurants and shops along the way.

There an old adobe church you'll see too called Iglesia se san Blas.
We're told to watch our belongings but had no problem at all. the most we ran into were some children posing for pictures for some coin.

easterntrekker's Profile Photo
easterntrekker
Oct 15, 2006
AKtravelers's Profile Photo

AKtravelers

"Cusco and the Sacred Valley"
View Member
Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo

Jim_Eliason

"Cusco"
View Member
chrissyalex's Profile Photo

chrissyalex

"Cusco"
View Member
SirRichard's Profile Photo

SirRichard

"The center of the Empire"
View Member
richiecdisc's Profile Photo

richiecdisc

"The "special" shine in Cusco"
View Member
 
 

A more peaceful corner of the city

We particularly enjoyed this part of Cusco. It's got a pretty white church and a lot of small galleries and craft workshops, including several where you can watch the artists and craftspeople at work. There was a relaxing atmosphere in the square and we found a funky cafe selling great smoothies and generously filled sandwiches (above the church and to the right a little).

This is a good place to come to unwind and escape the crowds, although you have to climb a rather steep hill to get here - not easy at this altitude! But there are several interesting shops on the way, so take your time and look around.

toonsarah's Profile Photo
toonsarah
Jun 03, 2006

San Blas

This is a typical charming quarter up the hill north of Plaza de Armas. The heart of it is San Blas church, in the square of San Blas. There are not outstanding museums or churches here, but the tiny alleys are a good place to wander around early in the morning when it is not yet busy and crowded.
A lot of slopes and stairs here, so take it easy. A good way to visit it is to take a taxi (1-2 soles) to the top (Plaza de San Blas) and return walking downhill to Plaza de Armas.

SirRichard's Profile Photo
SirRichard
May 10, 2005

San Blas Fiesta

In late January there was fiesta in San Blas lasting many days. The fiesta was focused around San Blas church, celebrating the Virgin of the Good Event. Every evening firework, and music playing all the time. In the street restaurant I had a great asado, but they did not have any pisco. That you get from neighbor restaurant.

hartti's Profile Photo
hartti
Mar 12, 2004

Iglesia de San Blas

This adobe church located in the Barrio de San Blas is the oldest parish church in Cusco. It has a pretty gold-leafed altar, but it most impressive feature is its cedar pulpit which was carved from one tree trunk! I stared at it for awhile admiring all its intricate features. You aren't allowed to take pictures inside the church so I bought a postcard of the pulpit.
Admission is by the tourist ticket.

chrissyalex's Profile Photo
chrissyalex
Jul 06, 2003

Things to Do Near San Blas

Things to Do

Pisac

In the 1530s, the Spanish conquitadors invaded, conquered and ramsacked the Inca town of Pisac. About 40 years later, the town was rebuilt closer to the river at the bottom of the hill, thus leaving...
View More
Things to Do

Sacsayhuaman

The ruins are still pretty much in a natural state although preservation work has begun. The fortress was built by the Inkas in the 1300's on the site of earlier occupations. it commands a view over...
View More
Things to Do

Hatun Rumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

As they walk up Hatun Rumiyoc Street, visitors might not realize that they are walking on one of the original Inca roads of Cusco. The narrow street is now lined with attractive shops one one side,...
View More

Getting to San Blas

Address

We don't yet have an address for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Things to Do. Help us improve our info!

Map