STREETS NEAR UNAYTAMBO HOTEL
There is a great curiosity in the people who visit Cusco and see the names of the streets and squares, ALL or most of them, ARE IN QUECHUA. This leads us to another doubt, because it was that each street acquired a name like that. For this and many other reasons is that in this text we will tell the stories and the reason for the names of the streets closest to the hotel.
PLAZUELA DE RIMAC PAMPA (LIMACPAMPA GRANDE)
At the time of the Inca empire, the sound of the pututu or horn gathered the inhabitants of Qosqo in that small square so that they would be aware of the orders of the monarch, which were shouted aloud by the "aqorasi" and repeated by the "tucuy-Ricuy", governors who saw everything. A kind of policemen.
That was the origin of the name of this small square that today they defectively call "Llacpampa", a name very different from the one of Rimac Pampa or pampa that speaks.
RIMAC PAMPA CHICO (LIMACPAMPA CHICO)
The ancient Cusqueños called it "Huchuy RimacPampa" to that small square, because in it was the palace where the "Willaq-uma" or high priests dedicated to the cult of the Sun lived. They were the ones who announced before entering the Qorikancha, the different festivities of the cult. You can still see the remains of the stone walls of the palace referred to in "Annunarium Dominicanis".
MUSHROOM STREET (MUSHROOM STREET)
It's the name given by the vendors of the market of the Plaza de la Catedral to this small street because they used to wait there and rob the Indians who brought mushrooms during the rainy season, from which the curious name of "Qoncha-calle" or "Calle de las Setas" (Mushroom Street) arises, because the mushroom is Concha in Quechua language.
ALLEY OF ROMERITO (ROMERITOS)
That alley is today located between what today is called Maruri Street and the Plazoleta de Santo Domingo.
The author of "Annunarium cuschensiset rebus notabilis" reports that a Spaniard surnamed Corcuera, arrived in Cusco bringing plants that were unknown in this city, including rosemary, which he cultivated in pots. The diligent chapelon told those who bought the rosemary: "that this plant had healing properties, because according to a very old tradition, the Blessed Virgin dried on rosemary bushes on the night of December 24, it was an effective remedy against diseases and thieves. Some time later, Corcuera returned to Lima, and malicious people destroyed the rosemary bush planted in that alley, leaving only the name.
MARURI STREET (MARURI)
On this street you can see on the left the remains of the polished stone walls of the old palace called "Puma-marka" that extended to the Calle de la Pelota, or Calle Cancha de Santa Catalina, and to the one that ends near the Qorikancha. It was first called Maldonado Street, because Don Diego the conqueror, had four houses built and many years later, it was called Maruri Street because a chambon lawyer named Maruri de la Cuba, opened his office there, and as he had no clientele he moved to Lima where he became a judge.