Walking the streets of Cusco Part III
Posted on : 12 April 2021
You can do a beautiful Cusco city tour through the historic center of the city You can tour the most emblematic and curious streets of the historic center of Cusco by bicycle and/or on foot. Here, we show you the list of the streets that you can visit in Cusco:
- Cuesta de la Amargura: This slope owes its name to the fact that the Spanish rolled the stones that were taken from Sacsayhuamán (by order of Francisco Pizarro) to use them in the construction of the Cathedral of Cuzco. The Indians who were in charge of this work often suffered accidents and that is why they would have named the street “Mucchuicata”, which translated into Spanish means “Cuesta de la Amargura”.Calle Ceniza: This street owes its name to a “blessed” woman who lived on this Street and used to advised the neighbors to ask the sacristans of the convents for the remains of the mixture used by priests on Ash Wednesdays, and that with it, they made two crosses on each door to free themselves from the contagion of the plague (cholera). Her advice was practiced without hesitation by the entire neighborhood that thanks to her faith was freed from the plague and contagion.
- Calle Suecia: In times of the Viceroyalty, the people of Cuzco called it “Dirty Street”, because the market vendors and the animals (llamas) that carried the foodstuffs made in it a filthy garbage dump that was swept up in collective labor only on Holy Monday. From “Calle Sucia” is derived to the improper and strange name of “Calle Suecia”.
- Calle Pampa del Castigo: This street has also been called “Pampa del Castillo”. Since here the gallows were raised to punish the Indians of the colony.
- Calle de Afligidos: This is the street that is located between the “Pampa del Castigo” and the Coricancha because the corpses of those executed were lined up along the wall, whose relatives made demonstrations of distress.
- Calle Camino a Banco Pata: In this place was the Prison of the Inquisition, whose cruel jailers dressed in the habits of Dominican friars. This place was given the name of “Huanccopata”, since the jailers did not hear the pleas of the relatives of the condemned, with time, it became “Banco Pata”.
- Cuesta Mira Calcetas: This slope is so-called because in it the people who climb can not only see the socks but also the calves of the women (which was a scandal in colonial times).
- Calle de los Desesperados: This street is located near the “Pampa del Castigo”. This was where the relatives of the punished were in despair.
- Calle de Los abrazos o abracitos: His name refers to the hugs that Juan José Ricalde received when he made his triumphal entry into Cusco as the new ¡¡Corregidor?? of the city. It was Francisca Montes who smashed the head of the magistrate Ricalde with a silver medium-heavy?? that fell on him and threw him from his horse. For this reason, she rushed to apologize, hugging him repeatedly, that is why this street received that name for hugs, and later it was renamed “Calle de los abracitos”.
Likewise, streets with Quechua names abound. Among the main ones would be: Atoc, Cancahrian, Canchispata, Cocuichi, Cuitucata, Chihuanpata, Choquechaca, Huaranquilca, Hatun Rumiyoc, Humanchata, Huaynapata, Inticahuarina, Limacpampa, Malampata, Mutuchaca, Pumacurcu, Pantipata, Puluyophicapa, Tulmacucapa, Tecsecocha and Tocto This tour through the streets of Cusco can be done quietly and walking at your own pace. You can also do it by riding a bicycle. You can take a beautiful tour through the streets of Cusco alone or be accompanied and take beautiful photographs of your trip. Rsemember that in Peru Priviate Tour we offer you this tour a team of professionals and also accredited tour guides.