San Blas is a paradise of stone and colonial houses that envelop a mystical atmosphere to its visitors.
Located just 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, the neighborhood of San Blas or Barrio de los artesanos, as it was formerly known, is a magical place to visit it by walking. From Plaza de Armas, take the Hatun Rumiyoq Street (where is the famous stone of the 12 angles) and go up to the slope of San Blas; From here, you can distinguish the narrow streets, houses with stone facades and the harmony of the cafes, restaurants and bars of this charming neighborhood.
San Blas is the refuge of bohemians, artists, musicians and foreigners who surrendered to this mythical place and made it home. It hosts small and cozy bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy good music, delight with local dishes and drink a few beers. The viewpoint of San Blas is highly recommended.
“It is recommended to visit the neighborhood of San Blas from 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the lighting”
In the square of San Blas is the Museum Workshop of the Mendívil family, one of the first families of artisans of Cusco. There are also the shops of other renowned families of craftsmen such as the Olave, the Merida, Aguayo, Aguilar, Álvarez, Segovia, Saloma, Gutierrez, among others.
San Blas Temple
It is a beautiful temple built in 1650 by the viceroy Francisco de Toledo. The most outstanding of the temple is an important collection of colonial paintings, the high altar and the famous baroque pulpit made of a single piece of cedar wood, considered the most beautiful example of wood carving made in colonial America. This work dates from the last third of the s. XVII and is attributed to Juan Tomás Tuyru Tupac.
Anyone who visits Cusco should be introduced to the heart of the historic center. San Blas is a paradise made of stone and colonial houses trapped in time that will envelop a mythical atmosphere to its visitors.