The Inca road system was the most extensive and advanced transportation system in pre-Columbian South America. It was about 39,900 kilometres (24,800 mi) long. The construction of the roads required a large expenditure of time and effort, and the quality of that construction is borne out by the fact that it is still in quite good condition after over 400 years of use. Qhapaq Ñan
Qhapaq ñan, Andean road system (The Inca road system was the most extensive and advanced transportation system in pre-Columbian South America. The network was based on two north-south roads with numerous branches. The best known portion of the road system is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu).
UNESCO Honours Inca Roads: a pre and post-Columbian Marvel
The Inca also raised llamas and alpacas for their wool, meat, and to use them as pack animals; they captured wild vicuñas for their fine hair. The Inca road system was key to farming success as it allowed distribution of food over long distances. They had no wheels, so these were paved footpaths for people and pack animals, straight and solid and sometimes 30 feet wide.
The Inca Controlled Their Empire Just Like the Romans: Good Roads
The Inca road system (called Capaq Ñan in Quechua and Gran Ruta Inca in Spanish) was an essential part of the success of the Inca Empire. The road system included an astounding kilometers miles) of roads, bridges, tunnels and causeways.