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Viewpoint of San Cristobal de Cusco, a panoramic view of Cusco.

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You like to visit historical sites, to see the whole city, then let me tell you that in the city of Cusco we have several viewpoints and one of them is the viewpoint San Cristobal, prodigious place that will allow you to see the whole city and more if it is at night because the lights beautify the entire Inca city.

Here we will talk a little about its history, where it is located, how to get there, what we can see or do at the lookout point and some tips for visiting this beautiful place.

History and location of the Mirador de San Cristobal de Cusco

The viewpoint of San Cristobal is located next to the temple that bears the same name, according to history it is said that after the arrival of the Spanish invaders decided to divide the land and this site was given to Paullo Tupac Yupanqui who decided to become a Christian.

Some time later Paullo cedes his land to the church so that they can build a church and call it San Cristobal in honor of his Spanish godfather Cristobal Vaca de Castro, from that moment the place remains with that name until today; we can also see on the outside a row of 11 niches and it is believed that the place was made to bury the Inca dynasty and connect with the sun god.

And as you can see the square also bears the same name and over time the inhabitants decided to call the place as the Mirador de San Cristobal because it is next to the church and at the same time you can see the whole city of Cusco.

What to see and do in the Mirador de San Cristobal in Cusco?

Mirador San Cristobal Cusco
Viewpoint San Cristobal Cusco

It works as a panoramic view that allows you to see all the houses in the city as:

  • See the entire Plaza de Armas Cusco.
  • The churches surrounding the city of Cusco.
  • General view of the city and part of San Sebastián, San Jerónimo and Saylla.
  • See the tutelary Ausangate snow-capped peak and other important Apus that surround the city.
  • You will be able to see the hill where the word Viva el Peru is written and in front of it is the National Coat of Arms of Peru.

How to get to the Mirador de San Cristobal in Cusco?

To get to the viewpoint of San Cristobal you must head towards the slope of Almirante passing by the school San Francisco de Borja, just down that street up to the top that will take you to the main track that goes straight to the viewpoint, the approximate time will be about 20 minutes.

Tips for visiting the Mirador de San Cristobal in Cusco

If you are going to visit the Mirador de San Cristobal you should take into account these tips:

  • Wear a hat, sun block
  • Always carry cash, remember that many are small.
  • Bring your identity card or passport with you.
  • Regarding your luggage, if you are going up on foot, take what you need.
  • Take lots of pictures for your memories.

Visiting the city of Cusco will recharge your energy, you can contemplate the sunrise, sunset and what better if you do it from the San Cristobal viewpoint that has a lot of history, next to it is the church of San Cristobal that keeps an important Inca remains also its architecture; among other beautiful things you can see and not only that also a few steps above is the Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Complex.

If you want to know all the viewpoints and tourist centers of the city of Cusco, contact us and we will guide you to make your experience in this beautiful city pleasant and unforgettable Terandes.com.

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