Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru share a common cultural heritage of outstanding value: the Qhapaq Ñan, which means Main Andean Road. It was the backbone of the Inca Empire’s political and economic power.
The whole network of roads over 23,000 km in length connected various production, administrative and ceremonial centres constructed during more than 2,000 years of pre-Inca Andean culture. Unesco described the system as an engineering wonder that must be restored and preserved.
The main axis of the route, also known as the Royal Road runs along the peaks of the Andes being most discernable between Quito and Mendoza. Ingapirca, located close to Cuenca, can be reached when travelling the Qhapaq Ñan. It is one of the most significant sites of the Inca empire and Ecuador’s best-preserved Inca ruins.