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Qeswachaka Inca Bridge is a hand woven grass bridge and one of the new attractions in Cusco. The name Qeswachaka derives from the native language, Quechua in which Q’eswa means braid” and chaka signifies “bridge”. This is one of the perfect examples of Incan civilisation and is the last remaining rope bridge.
Qeswachaka bridge has an elevation of 15 meters and it swings over Apurimac River. The entire bridge is made of grass straw. Around 700 men and women from the province gather every year in June to reconstruct this bridge. It is more like a festival and even that involves Andean folkloric music and traditional dances to mark the successful completion of construction of the bridge.
It is a four days event.
The first day men from the region gather and go around the region looking for straw, once they have gathered enough they bring it back to the site where the women gather and weave them to form a rope. Once they have made enough, men then join these ropes and braid them
On the Second Day, the men disarm the structure of the existing bridge meanwhile women continue weaving the new bunch of straws.
The third day, the new bridge is assembled and is joined to the walls of both ends. The community then cross along to ensure that it is strong enough and would sustain for another year.
Fourth Day marks the completion of assembling the bridge and the locals gather to celebrate this. They dance to Andean Folkloric Music.
Visitors are charged a nominal fees as an access fee and these funds go to their community and they use it for reconstruction of the Qeswachaka Inca Bridge every year.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0600 AM. Enroute to the Canas province, we will stop to see some lagoons namely, Acopia, Pomacanchi, Pampamarca and Asnaqocha. These lagoons are popular among locals for fishing.
From here, we will continue or journey to Canas province which is home to Qeswachaka bridge. Q’eswachaka or Qeswachaka bridge swings at 15 meters above Apurimac river and is 33 meters in length and has 1.20 meters width.
Our guide would introduce to the community who every year reconstruct the bridge. After sharing some information about the bridge, we will start walking from one end of the bridge to the other end. It is a remarkable experience to walk on this bridge while it swings on top of Apurimac River.
We will then stop for lunch and then start our journey back to Cusco.
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