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Hatunrumiyoc

Go for a walk down this famous street, which is known for a remarkable wall made with precisely carved stones.

Hatunrumiyoc is a street in central Cusco and a well-known attraction. The Hatunrumiyoc wall is considered to be one of the region’s best-preserved Incan structures. Stretching along almost the entire length of the street, the wall is a beautiful example of the intricate construction techniques of this ancient civilization.

The wall’s exact history isn’t fully known, but it’s believed to have been part of a palace belonging to Inca Roca, a famous ruler of the Inca Empire. After serving as the home of important figures for centuries, this palace now houses the city’s Religious Art Museum. The street is an original Incan road, which once led to the city’s ancient Antisuyu quarter. 

Look for locals dressed in traditional Incan costumes. Take a photo with them in front of the wall for a small tip.

The wall may seem plain at first, but notice how its large, polygonal stones fit together with almost incomprehensible precision. The wall was constructed using an exceptionally hard type of stone called green diorite. Imagine the effort taken to cut, polish and place each stone into the wall one by one. 

Be sure to see the renowned 12-angle stone, set in the wall about halfway up the street. With 12 perfectly carved corners and sides, no mortar is used to hold the stone in place. It fits so flawlessly with the surrounding wall that it’s not even possible to slide a sheet of paper between the rocks. 

Look for several animal figures hidden in the design of the wall. Investigate closely and you may be able to spot a serpent, guinea pig and llama. The Incas often incorporated these sacred animals into their designs. 

One of the best times of day to visit Hatunrumiyoc is at night, when the angles of the streetlights exaggerate the complex, 3-D appearance of the wall. See the wall north of Cusco’s central square, next to the Museum of Religious Art.


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JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

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4.7
of 5, from 217 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Museum of Religious Art, UNSAAC Yale International Center, and Hatunrumiyoc. Santa Catalina Convent and Kusicancha are also within 5 minutes.

$105
Antigua Casona San Blas

Antigua Casona San Blas

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4.9
of 5, from 65 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Blas Church, Hatunrumiyoc, and Museum of Religious Art. UNSAAC Yale International Center and Kusicancha are also within 10 minutes.

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Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

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4.6
of 5, from 95 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Church, Cusco San Pedro Market, and Museo de Plantas Sagradas Magicas y Medicinales. Museum of Contemporary Art and ChocoMuseum are also within 10 minutes.

$78
Tambo del Arriero Hotel Boutique

Tambo del Arriero Hotel Boutique

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4.5
of 5, from 70 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cusco San Pedro Market, Museo de Plantas Sagradas Magicas y Medicinales, and Museum of Contemporary Art. San Pedro Church and ChocoMuseum are also within 10 minutes.

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Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

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4.5
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Located in Cusco Historic Center, this romantic hotel is steps from Hatunrumiyoc, San Blas Church, and Museum of Religious Art. UNSAAC Yale International Center and Church of the Company of Jesus are also within 5 minutes.

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Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Ave. El Sol 954, Cusco
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4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cusco Craft Center and Centro de Textiles. Qorikancha and Garcilaso de la Vega Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

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Novotel Cusco

Novotel Cusco

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4.5
of 5, from 111 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Museum of Religious Art, UNSAAC Yale International Center, and Hatunrumiyoc. Kusicancha and Santa Catalina Convent are also within 5 minutes.

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Hotel Rumi Punku

Hotel Rumi Punku

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4.6
of 5, from 112 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Hatunrumiyoc, and Museum of Religious Art. Inca Museum and Cusco Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.