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Qhapaq ร‘an, Andean Road System

This site is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defence network of roads covering 30,000ย km. Constructed by the Incas over several centuries and partly based on pre-Inca infrastructure, this extraordinary network through one of the worldโ€™s most extreme geographical terrains linked the snow-capped peaks of the Andes โ€“ at an altitude of more than 6,000ย m โ€“ to the coast, running through hot rainforests, fertile valleys and absolute deserts. It reached its maximum expansion in the 15th century, when it spread across the length and breadth of the Andes. The Qhapac ร‘an, Andean Road System includes 273 component sites spread over more than 6,000ย km that were selected to highlight the social, political, architectural and engineering achievements of the network, along with its associated infrastructure for trade, accommodation and storage, as well as sites of religious significance.

Since 2014 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Paul for the postcard.

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Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena

Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. A system of zones divides the city into three neighbourhoods: San Pedro, with the cathedral and many Andalusian-style palaces; San Diego, where merchants and the middle class lived; and Gethsemani, the ‘popular quarter’.

Since 1984 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Pieter for the postcard.

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