Perfect Sunset in Cusco, Peru
A couple of summers ago, I accidentally stumbled upon the best place to enjoy a sunset in Cusco, Peru. I had just arrived in the city with my friend Malia. After checking in to our hotel, we grabbed a cup of coca tea from the lobby and made our way to the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square. We perched on the steps in front of the famous Cathedral of Santo Domingo to sip our tea.
Cusqueños hurried along the paths that crisscross the beautifully manicured gardens of the square below. Ladies in colorful traditional dress sold hand-knit alpaca hats. Children offered to polish our boots. Every now and then, a silver van would stop on the wide avenue to discharge passengers. The sky slowly melted into a muted rainbow of colors and then darkened to an indigo blue. There seemed to be a subtle hum in the air as the street lights came on.
I remember feeling something similar watching the sun set from the steps of Sacré Coeur in Paris. The sunset in Cusco was every bit as magical.