Tourist Attractions in the City of Cusco
Plaza de Armas (Main Square) of Cusco
Formerly known as Haucaypata, the Quechua word for “place of the warrior,” this was an important ceremonial site and the setting for the yearly celebration of Inti Raymi, or the Festival of the Sun. It was here that Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. With the Spaniards’ arrival, the square was transformed: stone arches and elaborate structures were erected that still stand to this very day.
Location: Between the Cathedral of Cusco and the Church of the Society of Jesus.