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“So much to see, but keep your eyes on the traffic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Avenida El Sol

Avenida El Sol
Cusco, Peru
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Ranked #68 of 139 things to do in Cusco
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“So much to see, but keep your eyes on the traffic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Avenida El Sol is not just another street. There is history and design to this street. When we look at this area, we all see the “Paccha Fountain” at the tip of where two streets (waterways) meet. During our visit, the fountain was turned off to conserve water. Along this route, you'll find the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), the Justice Building, money changers, and several shops.

Depending on the direction you take, you'll either go uphill or downhill. Both provides photo opportunities. Take an opportunity to explore the area around the fountain. You'll see there is more to this avenue than what the eye can immediately see.

Visited June 2014
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“Paccha fountain”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

One of the main roads which leads into the city from the airport. There is not much to see apart from the Paccha de Pumaqchupan fountain and park at the junction with Avenida Tullumayo. You can walk under the water and there is a mosaic on the other side. It is associated with a legend of a Puma supplying the town with water from its tail.

Visited December 2013
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“Wear your walking shoes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Lots of shopping, crowds, and up hills. We found a fun indoor market with all the shopping one could possible do in a few hours. Fun day overall, but lots of walking..wear comfortable shoes!

Visited May 2013
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“Take a Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

According to several people I talked with, the Avenida el Sol used to be a river running through the city several decades ago before it was turned into a walkway. There are a lot of things one encounters here that could be anywhere else, e.g. snack vendors, crafts, restaurants, etc. However, for tourists and others wanting to travel, there are a lot of travel agencies and at least one airline company's office on this street. For history buffs, this was part of the rich history of the Inca empire as this street, beginning from the plaza which held the palace of the emperor, goes by the Korikancha Sun Temple, one of the holiest if not the holiest site at the time of the Spanish arrivals. The farther down you go you will notice more and more how the mountains rise in front of you as if the city were sort of spread before you. It is a nice walk, and it is free so not a bad deal. Also, be sure to check out the awesome full color mural and the sun fountain which you will eventually hit.

Visited November 2012
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Cusco, Peru
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“Another Street”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I would say not worth seeing as there is nothing out of the ordinary, aside from the sights along it. wether you take a walk, tour, or cab, odds are good you will see this street.

Visited December 2012
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