Steep streets, old houses, cafes with a unique charm, llamas and alpacas walking around, and many other elements to make a stunning photo. These are some of the impressions that you will take with you when visiting the San Blas neighborhood in Cusco. At Sumaq, we are ambassadors of the Andean culture and we want you to take away the best from your visit to the imperial city, so we present a small guide to visit this beautiful neighborhood.
The first thing to know is that San Blas is located very close to the city’s Plaza de Armas. You only need to walk 10 minutes and you will reach your destination. Being one of the highest neighborhoods in all of Cusco, this hike requires a little effort, but the reward is great when you arrive, since from some points you can have a panoramic view of the city and its characteristic tiled roofs.
The activities you can do are diverse. If you are a person with very active social networks and like to share with your friends and followers the places you visit, San Blas has spots of great beauty where you can take unique photos. One of them is the mirador (viewpoint), a must stop for those who visit this area. As we already mentioned, from there you can observe the entire city. Whether night or day, the landscape is unforgettable.
There is also the artistic tradition of San Blas, which is one of the most notable in the city. Here lives a family very dear to the people of Cusco, that of the renowned craftsman Hilario Mendivil, who made religious images with a peculiar shape of an elongated neck and serene face. His works can be seen in the museum that bears his name, where the work and family tradition are still continued by the artist’s children and grandchildren. The house-museum is located in the central square of this neighborhood that has also been called the “cradle of artists.”
Finally, the best options to share a dinner, a night of toasting, or a gourmet lunch are in San Blas. Here you can find restaurants as exclusive as “Cicciolina”, where you can try typical Peruvian dishes such as “Lomo Saltado”, “Ceviche” or “Chairo cusqueño”; or a bar with the best view of all of Cusco such as “Limbus”; or a more casual and cozy dining experience like the creperie “La Bo’m”. Depending on the occasion, the perfect place is there, waiting to be found.
Tell us in the comments which place you would visit first when going to San Blas. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write them, and if you want information about our rooms in Machu Picchu, please send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.