—Pedro de Cieza de León, chronicler of Peru, 1553
Inka trapezoidal doorway, Pisac, Peru, 2014. Photo by Doug McMains, NMAI.
Select highlighted words to hear them spoken in Quechua.
The Inka spoke the Quechua language, which is still spoken today in the Andes.
For Andean people, past and present, the Qhapaq Ñan is more than a road. It is a connection to the spiritual universe. It shares in the divine nature of Pachamama, holy Mother Earth.