Cusco Peru

We flew to Cusco from Lima at the morning, and arrived at the Cusco Airport.

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport is an international airport located in the city of Cusco, in southeastern Peru. It was named in honor of the Peruvian pilot Alejandro Velasco Astete who was the first aeroplane pilot to cross the Andes in 1925. In September 1925, he crashed and died on the air show in the city of Puno.

Town Map of Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. Located at an elevation of 3,399 meters, Cusco has a population of 435,114 in 2013. Main Industry of Cusco a farming and mining department, and in the last years, the tourism has passed to be one of the main economic activities. The agriculture produces are mainly barley, corn, potatoes, quinoas, broad beans and other altitude crops. Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the 16th-century Spanish conquest.

View in front of the airport.

From the airport we are going to the city centre, the main square, the Plaza De Armas (Plaza Mayor of Cusco).

Óvalo de Pachacutec (Park of Pachacutec) and Monumento Inca Pachacutec

Pachacutec or Pachacuti Inca was the ninth Sapa (Emperor) Inca (1438–1472) of the Kingdom of Cusco which he transformed into the Inca Empire. Most archaeologists now believe that the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu was built as an estate for Pachacuti.

From the Pachacutec Park we are going north along the San Martin Street to the main square of Cusco.

Plaza Orellana Pumaqchupan Cusco

Plaza Orellana Pumaqchupan is a small park, located between the streets of Tullumayo and El Sol but they are very pretty and unique.

Monument of the Sun in the Orellana Pumaqchupan Park

Since Cusco is located in a high altitude and is close to the sun, so they love monuments of the sun, like this. (It’s a joke.)

Left Plaza Orellana Pumaqchupan Park, we are going to the main square of Cusco.  

From Orellana Pumaqchupan Park, we are going north along the El Sol street and Jardín Sagrado (Sacred garden) appears.

On the way, an old stone building appeared on El Sol Street. It is the Coricancha (Church and Convent of Santo Domingo) in the Sacred Garden.

Facade of Couvent Santo Domingo

Church and Convent of Santo Domingo Cusco

Once home to the most important temple in the Incan Empire, the foundations of Quricancha now lay within Iglesia de Santo Domingo, a church built by the Spanish after they virtually destroyed the former temple.

Coricancha (Qoricancha) Temple of the Sun

We have to hurry to Plaza De Armas.

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