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The Inca Road Is a New World Heritage Site

Categories: Latin America, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Citizen Media, History, Ideas

Somewhere in the Qhapaq Ñam. Photo on Flickr by user Rainbowasi [1]. CC BY-SA 2.0

For the first time in the 40 years of World Heritage convention, six countries united to submit a joint application to designate a cultural site as world heritage. Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru requested that the Incan Road be included as a cultural heritage site [2].

The announcement was made in the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in in Doha, Qatar.

The international body highlighted that the Inca Road “represents a very valuable shared legacy, almost 60,000 kilometers long”:

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru share a new cultural legacy site: #QhapaqÑan, Inca road system. Congratulations!