The 3 Plazas You Need to Know in Cusco
The 3 Plazas You Need to Know in Cusco. Plazas in Cusco are open areas, often named after or dedicated to important people, where people gather to converse, dance, celebrate, and sell their products. Many of these plazas reflect various aspects of life in Cusco. Here is a descriptive list of three of the most distinctive and important plazas for tourists to know. One is in the city center of Cusco, the other two a bit out of the city center but still easy to reach.
#1: Plaza de Armas
Of course you knew that would be the first plaza – what traveler in Cusco hasn’t witnessed the incredible Cathedrals, the colorful parades, and the vast array of people that the central plaza in Cusco offers?
The Plaza de Armas is a place where you can meet people from all over the world and bond with them over traditional Peruvian food, drinks, dancing, international food, or the current festival. Additionally, everywhere you look you can see Peruvians selling souvenirs, useful items such as hats, umbrellas, tours, and gloves, or a relaxing “masaje”. It’s a sunny place to sit after a long day exploring, and a lively place to spend an evening after a restful day. And most any time there is anything special going on for tourists in the city, it can be found here – come often, stay long, leave happy.
#2: Plaza Tupac Amaru
Head east along the Avenida de la Cultura by foot for about 20 minutes – or 10 by bus – and you’ll find the second Plaza. Named for the last of the Incan Kings, Plaza Tupac Amaru lies at the heart of the middle class section of Cusco. This plaza is often illuminated by fireworks, full of spontaneous traditional dance classes, or the home to one or another special exhibition or sale. Tourists who come to this charming plaza get a taste of local life in all its vibrant colors and flavors.
#3: Real Plaza
Our final plaza is not really a plaza at all, but a mall. Located at the far end of the Avenida de la Cultura, the mall marks the end of middle class Cusco, and the beginning of the outskirts. One can find American fast food in the food court, European brand in the shops, and international and Peruvian movies playing in the fancy, new theatre. This is the perfect place to come if you’re looking for a nice view of middle-class Cusco while experiencing a few of the comforts of home. Or if you’re looking for a frozen yogurt shop.”