The route that united the Inca Empire with all South America also passes through Chile and almost nobody knows it.

If you thought that the Inca Trail was just the route that you walked from Cusco to Machu Picchu, you were very wrong. The Tahuantinsuyo Caminera Network actually runs 30,000 kilometers long, between southern Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina ... and Chile.

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It may surprise you to know, but this World Heritage Site - which served as a way to exchange products, information and knowledge among the ethnic groups of the region - could reach the VII Region.

The road is not continuous until the Maule Region and there is no consensus as to how many routes can be traversed in Chile. However, one of the most outstanding is the one that begins near Diego de Almagro, in the Region of Atacama. Very close to the road that connects this city with Copiapó is a part of the road, although to cross it must have a special authorization because it is a protected area.

Although not one of the most recognized routes, you can also visit this archaeological attraction in the Region of Valparaiso. This is located to the north of Alicahue and in it you can see petroglyphs and drawings of animals that date back several centuries ago.

While it is only a theory, it is also said that the area called El Enladrillado, in the Altos de Lircay National Reserve, is the end of the Inca Trail. Trekking to this place is not at all easy, but the hours of trekking are worth to discover this amazing secret.

There are still many sections of this road that have not been investigated by archaeologists or identified as the official route. However, we cannot close to the possibility that the history of the Inca Empire reached well into the Chilean lands.