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The Neighborhood of San Blas - Heart of Cusco where you can make a fabulous Tour Through Their Striking Place

Cusco is proud for many reasons; its narrow cobbled streets, its large white houses that host numerous workshops and stores of renowned folk artists; its cuisine, its music, dance etc., which have made this magical place one of the favorite destinations to visit. Among its many historical and architectural attractions is the neighborhood of San Blas, located just four blocks from the Main Square, considered home to musicians, filmmakers and craftspeople who kindly show their various manifestations of art and imagery, jewelry, pottery and wood carving and stone.

Proudly displays his Catholic church of San Blas. This is the oldest parish church of Cusco; built in the ancient Inca neighborhood "T'oqokachi" in the year of 1563. The most striking quality of this tourist precinct is the spectacular pulpit carved in cedar wood, representing the most extraordinary artistic carpentry work of Spanish Churrigueresque style. Its development is attributed to indigenous hands. Adobe structure and Inca stone walls; exhibits into works of art with artistic and ornamental wealth. His famous pulpit is your greatest treasure.
The Barrio de San Blas is also called the "Balcony of Cusco" for its geographic location (above the Plaza de Armas) is a magical place that allows us a spectacular day and night tour.

Since its inception this neighborhood was occupied by ancient Inca craftsmen of the time. Called "Mitimaes" came to this place nestled in the hill Toqacachi, in order to teach their art to local artisans. Recommended visit for the Saturday fairs to enjoy the art exhibitions, music and local cuisine.

San Blas defines and presents an interesting route of artisans who can continue; visiting the beautiful galleries of the three most important and representative artisans of Cusco.


Let's start at the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. We appreciate the colonial art in paintings and works in gold, located inside the Cathedral and the church of the Society of Jesus; with beautiful galleries to go.


The tour continues out walk from the Plaza de Armas to the street Hatunrumiyoq; historical and recognized by the stone of twelve angles, the same that is embedded in one of its Inca walls. Stop full of visiting tourists, almost obligatorily invites you to take pictures of the beautiful narrow street.


Following the route climbs a few meters the Cuesta de San Blas; beautiful pretty steep and narrow street. In between they may continue appreciating local craft stores. Culminating in the ascent of the Cuesta de San Blas; you'll meet the gallery, selling and exhibition of Cusco artisan Hilario Mendivil great.


Located next to the Plaza de San Blas, to the left of the waterfall, is the museum with pieces of art exhibited by Hilario Mendivil and his family.
Hilario Mendivil was one of the most renowned traditional Peru in pieces of religious art, elongated necks and unmistakable sculptors worldwide admiration.
With his wife Dona Georgina Dueñas; managed to produce unique pieces that made Mendivil in winning the National Crafts Award as well as being named Grand Master of Folk Art and be recognized as Cultural Heritage of the Nation.


It is a beautiful art gallery located in the street Carmen Alto (in the neighborhood of San Blas) Edilberto Mérida moved away from traditional imagers Cusco, who each in their own style repeats a European aesthetic model. Merida creates grotesque figures of features, large hands and feet, some religious but mostly customs.

Others are indigenous faces representing the pain and oppression lived at one time in history. One of its most representative images is Christ crucified; embodied in an indigenous Jesus Christ with large hands and feet that manages to unite the indigenous suffering and that of Christ.


Interesting art gallery also located in neighborhood San Blas. Ingenuity and hands of Antonio Olave are captured in beautiful pieces of art. He is the artisan of images Niño Manuelito.
The tenderness and delicacy of his pieces have given the recognition of "Grand Master of the Peruvian Handicrafts" and "Living Human Treasure of the Nation". His craftsmanship is characterized by mirror palate, teeth of bird feathers or human hair; filling the Manuelitos Children.