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Plaza de Armas
Vacation Travel Guide

Cusco’s busy main square has been the center of public life for centuries. Enjoy its spacious layout, ancient churches and restaurants.

Head to where the action is at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, a large landscaped square bordered by shops, restaurants and ancient churches. For more than 500 years, the square has been at the heart of city life. Come to the plaza nowadays and you might see festivals, concerts and religious processions. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, admire the ornate lampposts and colonial archways and relax with a drink.

During the Inca Empire, the square was called “Huacaypata” (Square of Warriors) and extended as far as the adjacent Plaza del Regocijo. Ceremonies and military parades were conducted here and battle victories were celebrated. The Plaza de Armas has also witnessed historic events, including the execution of Túpac Amaru II who led a failed uprising against the Spanish in 1780.

Walk over to Cusco Cathedral on the northeastern side of the plaza. Step inside to view the hundreds of religious paintings. Head to the square’s southeastern side to see the 16th-century Church of the Society of Jesus. At first glance, the two churches look similar. Both have twin towers and comparable architectural designs but the cathedral is much larger and has a grand stone staircase in front.

Stroll under the colonial archways of the covered arcades that surround the square. Here, you’ll find some of Cusco’s finest shops and restaurants. The plaza attracts many street hawkers and persistent vendors. If you don’t wish to buy anything, simply smile and say “No, gracias” (No, thank you).

Plaza de Armas is located in downtown Cusco and easy to get to from all directions. The square is well-served by buses but many people navigate Cusco on foot as its winding, cobblestoned streets are best explored at a slow pace. Return to the square at night to see it beautifully lit up with spotlights. Enjoy the view from a seat by the large fountain or have dinner or a drink in one of the cafés overlooking the square.

Top Hotels Close to Plaza de Armas

Estancia San Blas
Estancia San Blas
3 out of 5
Calle Siete Angelitos N° 640, Barrio San Blas, Cusco
The price is $39 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Viewpoint, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.8 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (365 reviews)

"The hotel was cute, cozy and clean. The staff were always available to help with needs of guests and the site had a nice, small plaza area in the front to relax."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Estancia San Blas
Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Calle San Agustin 212, Cusco
The price is $38 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hatunrumiyoc, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.6 mi (0.9 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (21 reviews)

"El servicio del hotel fue muy bueno, muy impecable el lugar. Totalmente, lo recomiendo."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
Antigua Casona San Blas
Antigua Casona San Blas
4 out of 5
Calle Carmen Bajo 243, San Blas, Cusco
The price is $76 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Church, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.8 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (702 reviews)

"This is an outstanding hotel. The service is exceptional. The staff, including the Manager, could not do enough for us during our stay. The restaurant is amazing, and we loved the live music in the courtyard. The nightly trays of tea delivered to our room, and hot water bottles, were a wonderful ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Antigua Casona San Blas
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Best Lodging Options Near Plaza de Armas

Estancia San Blas
Estancia San Blas
3 out of 5
Calle Siete Angelitos N° 640, Barrio San Blas, Cusco
The price is $39 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Estancia San Blas
Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Calle San Agustin 212, Cusco
The price is $38 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Casa Biru Hotel Boutique
Antigua Casona San Blas
Antigua Casona San Blas
4 out of 5
Calle Carmen Bajo 243, San Blas, Cusco
The price is $76 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Antigua Casona San Blas
Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
5 out of 5
Plazoleta Santo Domingo No 259, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $169 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
5 out of 5
Esquina De La Calle Ruinas 432, y San Agustin, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $178 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
Novotel Cusco
Novotel Cusco
4 out of 5
San Augustin 239 Esquina, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $58 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Novotel Cusco
Sonesta Hotel Cusco
Sonesta Hotel Cusco
4 out of 5
Ave. El Sol 954, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $48 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
Sonesta Hotel Cusco
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
4 out of 5
Plazoleta De Limacpampa Chico - 473, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $112 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Casa Andina Premium Cusco
Hotel San Pedro Plaza
Hotel San Pedro Plaza
3 out of 5
Avenida El Sol 106, Cusco, Cusco
The price is $20 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Hotel San Pedro Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.