According to local lore, Cusco city is said to be laid out in the shape of a Puma crouched over the Saphi river! Streets are named accordingly, for example Pumakurko street stands for the “Puma’s Spinal Column”, and the head is supposed to be located in Sacsayhuaman or ”speckled head”!
Furthering that myth, (rather shiny) brass plaques embedded on the pavements show ones location and orientation in reference to the Puma!
Standing in the Plaza de Armas we were at the belly of the Puma and the arrows pointed ‘Chincaysuyo‘ (Northwest), ‘Qollasuyo‘ (Southeast), ‘Kuntisuyo‘ (southwest) and ‘Antisuyo‘ (Northeast)!
For the directionally challenged, the ruins of Sacsayhuaman would be ‘Chincaysuyo‘ of the plaza
This is my interpretation of Ailsa’s Travel Theme – Signs. To follow some very humourous and intriguing signs click here.
Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!