Friday, 22 February 2013 18:31
Few things are more beautiful than Cusco in the sunshine. Click through to see our dazzling Historic Center on a sunny day!
When our rainy season clouds break and to reveal the brilliant blue skies, the people of Cusco pour out into the streets and congregate in any number of Cusco’s historic plazas. At this time of year, the plazas are even lovelier with the incredible array of blooming flowers, thanks to plentiful rains.
Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, at the heart of the city center, is a favorite rest and people-watching stop for both locals and tourists. The plaza we see today is a Spanish colonial development; however, its history goes back much further. The location corresponds roughly to the original Incan central plaza, or huacaypata, used for assemblies and serious business matters. The cathedral, which is really a three church conglomerate, is a sixteenth century construction built on the site of an Incan palace using stones stripped from Sacsayhuaman.
The other large church in the plaza is La Compania de Jesus, a Jesuit church which supposedly angered the Catholics
by competing with the beauty of the Cathedral.
Another great Cusco plaza in which to enjoy the sunshine is the Plaza Regocijo. This quiet, tree filled plaza, was originally the cusipata, or the area designated for dances and celebrations by the Inca. Today it provides a peaceful refuge from the bustling city center.