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20 novembre 2016

Thanks to "El Caminante"

Most people don't know who Ricardo Espinosa Reyes is, and that is for most South Americans too. Also known as "El Caminante" ('The Rambler'), Ricardo Espinosa Reyes, after walking the coast of Peru for many months, decided to explore the "Tahuantinsuyu" (this is the name of the Inca Empire by Incas). He wanted to explore the Qhapaq Ñan (Royal Road in Quechua, the Inca language).

Espinosa with is singular trek, along the Andes road of the Qhapaq Ñan, was a pioneer and covered the stretch between Quito in Equator and La Paz, Bolivia. He walked from May to December 1999. Which brought back to life the ancient Inca road and created a excitement around the old road system. Since then, the dream to bring back this emblem of the Tahuantinsuyu as surfaced and much work as been done towards that.


At the Inca Empire's greatest moments, the Qhapaq Ñan covered a territory of over 4 million square kilometers representing a road network of more than 25,000km. These roads were designed for foot traffic, since the Incas did not have any knowledge of the wheel, nor did they have horses or donkeys. All they had as a beast of burden were the llamas, which is capable of carrying a small load, but it is impossible to ride a llama. We speak here of a man-made road, created without machinery or maps, it was the knowledge of the lands and of the inhabitants of each region that allowed such a feat. Many parts of these roads were already there before the Incas and were simply improved and incorporated into the Inca network.