This small colonial village, located 37 kilometers (23 mi) south of Cusco, is home to one of Peru's most beautiful churches. Whether or not San Pedro is the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas," as some have claimed, is a hotly debated subject (and one which we'll let you make up your own mind about). Built in 1631 in accordance with Spanish tradition, on top of ancient Inca foundations, the church bombards visitors with an explosion of Baroque art and religious imagery.In contrast to its rather dull looking exterior, the church's interior is lavishly decorated with wall-to-wall colonial paintings from the CusqueÃ±a School, frescos and painted ceilings. To maintain the decadent theme, the altars and wood carvings are accented in leaf gold. Also worth a look is the mural by Luis de RiaÃ±o, which flamboyantly depicts the road to heaven and road to hell, each paved with its own respective set of alarming images.
Other places nearby Andahuaylillas and San Pedro: Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Yucay, Cusco, Cusco: South of the Plaza de Armas, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.