Site #10: Cristo Blanco.
Hovering almost 1,000 feet above the valley of Cusco is the white Cristus statue known locally as the Cristo Blanco. It is view-able from the ruins at Sacsayhuaman and at night, you can see the statue hovering above the city by standing anywhere around the Plaza de Armas. At 20 feet high, it is significantly smaller than the similar statue found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The view from the Cristo Blanco is amazing; you can see from the Plaza de Armas all the way to the east end of the valley. It is a nice spot for a picnic lunch, or even just to take a moment of relaxation and reflection.
To get to the Cristo Blanco, you can either take a taxi or walk. A taxi ride from the main plaza to the statue will cost you between 10 and 15 soles. To walk to the statue is a formidable feat considering the altitude of Cusco, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Give yourself an hour to walk from the plaza up to the statue. Just walk in the general direction of the statue, asking “Cristo Blanco?” as you go, and you will make it just fine.