This vast network of roads - originally constructed out of carved rock and stone slabs - opens itself outward like the rays of the sun towards the different regions, or suyos, that formed the empire.
Quechua is one of the most important languages in South America, not just because of the fact it is spoken in five countries, but for historical and cultural reasons, as it was the official language of the Incas. However, alter the Spanish Conquest and subsequent colonization of the former Inca Empire, the language lost its social status to be replaced by Spanish, which was spoken by the new administration. Although Quechua was used to convert the natives to Catholicism, its status as a dominated language failed to change. Within the colonial and republic regimes, speaking and writing in Spanish was always obligatory to be able to be granted access to the minimum rights of the indigenous population.