A Road in the Andes

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The Inka Empire

The Qhapaq Ñan, or Great Inka Road, was a vast complex of roads, bridges, and other structures. Spanning more than 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) and meandering through the Andes in western South America, the road network was built without the use of metal or iron, the wheel, or stock animals to pull heavy loads. It was the largest construction project in the Western Hemisphere at the height of Inka power.

Map of South America showing the location and extent of the Great Inka Road system (red line network).

Map of South America showing the location and extent of the Great Inka Road system (red line network).

A virtual trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu. “Fly-over” video animation showcasing the diversity in the landscape where the Great Inka Road system was built.

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Map of South America showing the location and extent of the Great Inka Road system (red line network).