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Inca Trail = Qhapac Ñan

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Spotlight on the Inca Trail (Qhapac Ñan in Quechua)

UNESCO: This site is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defence network of roads covering 30,000 km. Constructed by the Incas over several centuries and partly based on pre-Inca infrastructure, this extraordinary network through one of the world’s most extreme geographical terrains linked the snow-capped peaks of the Andes – at an altitude of more than 6,000 m – to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts. It reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century, when it spread across the length and breadth of the Andes. The Qhapac Ñan, Andean Road System includes 273 component sites spread over more than 6,000 km that were selected to highlight the social, political, architectural and engineering achievements of the network, along with its associated infrastructure for trade, accommodation and storage, as well as sites of religious significance.

June 22, 11:00 CST The Inca Trail and its impact on community-based tourism


Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

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  • Is there a map of the trail and the communities offering services to visitors? = ¿Existe un mapa del sendero y las comunidades que ofrecen servicios a los visitantes?

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