The “Inka Trail” refers to the approximately 25,000 km to 30,000 km (15,500 – 18,500 miles) network of roads built by the Inkas over a period of 100 years and whose connecting, main and side streets connected all strategically important locations of the empire like a spider web. One of the major roads led from Cusco over the Andes to Pasto in Colombia. The stones used to make the road surface were worked individually by hand. Often, walls were added to ensure the stability of the road or to protect against flooding.
Did Incas, Mayas and Aztecs ever meet? And did the Incas really practise human sacrifices as so many people believe? This essay on Myth or Truth will answer your questions…
This story from the Andes describes how it came about that the condor is still regarded as the king of the skies but has conceded its status as the primary spiritual messenger of heaven or as messenger of the upper world to the hummingbird – because after more than 5,000 years the hummingbird is the initiator, the key to the next stage of development of human consciousness.
It so happened once that the birds of the Andes wanted to choose a king. They gathered and each candidate came forward to describe what great skills he possessed, of what great benefit he could be to the community and why he should be elected king.
Humanity is based on six original civilizations that developed independently in various locations around the world. These were: Egypt, Babylon, China, India, Mesopotamia, and Central America. Excavations at Caral (Peru) suggest that the second oldest civilization after the Sumerians developed there around 4,600 years ago. The Andean tradition thus looks back on nearly 5,000 years of history from the Chavín to the Tiahuanaco culture, but written records have only been kept for the last 500 years.
The changes that this tradition has experienced during the past 500 years can be illustrated by means of several examples: Concerning the prophecy, today we have six women and six men as the basis – instead of 12 women and one Inca. This is a radical change. Enlightenment will not exclusively be achieved by a man but instead, a woman and a man will attain enlightenment at the same time. The entire system has thus been transformed and developed further.