Peru: Qhapaq Ñan declared Cultural Heritage of the Andean Community; Agencia Andina

Peru – Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

The Andean Parliament declared Qhapaq Ñan (Inca Trail) a Cultural Heritage of the Andean Community in recognition of its historical value and regional integration function.

“It is essential that other countries in the region officially value and highlight the importance of the extensive road system used by our ancestors; 60,000 kilometers of land uniting Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru,” Andean Parliament member Mario Zuñiga stated.

According to Zuñiga, said declaration also indicates Qhapaq Ñan must be promoted as a world heritage via an environmentally-friendly strategy, which highlights the tourist circuits’ benefits.

The legislator also pointed out the main goal is to consider this Andean Road System as an opportunity for regional integration, development and cultural identity of nearby populations.

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