San Cristobal District

San Cristobal District


The San Cristobal district lies on a hillside to the north west of the Plaza de Armas. San Cristobal is full of steep narrow cobbled streets and alleyways with a few hotels but the district lacks the charm of neighbouring San Blas and apart from the great views below of the city of Cusco and the Plaza de Armas there is very little for visitors to do.

It's quite a steep 20 minute walk up from the Plaza de Armas (follow Calle Suecia and then Resbalosa) so, unless you are fit and have acclimatized to the high altitude, it's probably best to take a taxi there (S/.6) and walk back down to the Plaza.


If you decide to continue on to the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman you will see a large sign pointing the way. It's another 20 minute walk up a well-made path to get to Sacsayhuaman (better to take a taxi or bus to Sacsayhuaman and walk back down hill - save your energy for the discotheques)



Iglesia de San Cristobal (San Cristobal Church)


Admission S/.10 or free with Religious Site Ticket

This church is thought to have been built on the site of the Qollqampata palace which belonged to Manco Capac, the first Inca. The church was built in the early years of the Spanish conquest by Inca Tupaq Yupanqui Paulla to show his devotion to his new Christian faith.

This little church was renovated in 2012. It's pleasant with some nice paintings but nothing special. The highlight is climbing the bell tower which offer great views of the Plaza de Armas.

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