Cuzco - Ten. Alejandro Velasco Astete Intl

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City Cuzco
Position 13°32'08"S 071°56'19"W
Runway(s) 10/28
Elevation 10860 ft


Named after the first Peruvian to cross the Andes in an airplane, Cuzco airport is Peru's second busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. A major tourist destination in Latin America, the airport of Cuzco receives both international and domestic flights.

Beware, plane spotting is neither understood nor appreciated in Peru.


The airport layout is fairly simple, a single runway is served by a terminal to its south side. A taxiway connects the apron with the western threshold. Like most airfields in Peru, Cuzco is fenced off by a wall.

Getting There

Chances are you will arrive in Cuzco by aircraft. If not, the airport is situated in the eastern suburbs of this sprawling city and is easy to find by car or taxi.

Around the Airport

1Terminal area

Since you will probably arrive here anyway, we start our tour at the terminal area. Although high walls make viewing a challenge, there are some gaps and small heaps that come in handy for those practicing their hobby. Photography is not permitted here, but since you are on the southern hemisphere, the aircraft will appear back-lit anyway.

2Approach 10 - north side

Although most traffic will try to avoid overflying the town of Cuzco, which is situated west of the airport, we do include spot 2. From the terminal area, head west on Av. Velasco Astete, which leads around the 10 threshold. Parallel to the airport perimeter on the north side, the Via Expresa has two separate lanes. Cross this road and you will find an open place on the other side, from where viewing is ok.

3Approach 28 - north side

Approach 28 is mostly used. From spot 2, follow the Via Expresa almost to the 28 threshold. An open space on the north side of the road provides some good vies. Alternatively, you will reach this spot by heading east from the terminal area, although this road leads through a not too decent neighbourhood that you might want to avoid.



More Info

Cuzco airportOfficial site of Cuzco airport

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