Qeswachaka Bridge Tour (Day Trip)

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Tour Details

The Qeswachaka bridge in Peru is rebuilt every year using traditional Inca engineering techniques by local communities on either side of the canyon.

The entire bridge is constructed in just three days.

To build the bridge, the communities harvest and prepare grass called q’oya.

The old bridge is then cut down and falls into the water, where it is washed away by the river.

When is the bridge rebuilt?

For generations, the bridge is rebuilt every year by the local community using traditional methods passed down from their ancestors during the second week of June.

The bridge’s architect, Victoriano Arizapana, weaves the structure since he was 12 years old, and he still carries on the family legacy with love and dedication.

The bridge is not just a means of crossing the canyon, but a symbol of the community’s unity and their connection to their ancestors and the land. The bridge’s annual rebuilding is a testament to the enduring power of tradition and the importance of preserving cultural heritage.

The only Inca bridge remaining to this day, the qeswachaka bridge is both a tradition and a construction.

 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

06:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Round trip Cusco hotel transfer
  • Bi Lingual Tour Guide (English and Spanish)
  • Transport
  • Lunch
  • First Aid Kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (15 Soles)
  • Guide Service Fee (Optional)
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Breakfast

Recommended to Carry

  • Daypack to carry your things
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian Soles in Cash (100 Soles approximately)
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Qeswachaka - Cusco

Experience the untamed beauty of the Qeswachaka Bridge, a lesser-known gem nestled in the south valley of Cusco.

As you traverse this ancient bridge, you’ll delve into the rich history and culture of the Inca civilization.

Firstly, the name Qeswachaka itself derived from the Quechua words “Q’eswa” meaning braid and “Chaka” meaning bridge.

Secondly, if you join us on this unconventional adventure and discover the hidden gems of the Qeswachaka Bridge, away from the crowded tourist trails you’ll experience a truly satisfying and unforgettable journey.

 

Qeswachaka's bridge during one of the latter phases of it's reconstruction.

FAQs

 

Q: What is the Qeswachaka Bridge?

A: The Bridge is an ancient Inca bridge located in the south valley of Cusco, Peru. It is one of the last remaining Inca bridges in the region and is considered a sacred site by the local communities.

 

Q: What is the history behind the Qeswachaka Bridge?

A: The Bridge stands since the Incas time in the 15th century as part of their road network, known as the Qhapaq Ñan. It was used as a vital transportation route between the Andean highlands and the Amazon jungle.

 

Q: What is the significance of the Qeswachaka Bridge?

A: The Qeswachaka Bridge is considered a symbol of the ingenuity and skill of the Inca civilization. It is also a sacred site for the local communities, who continue to maintain and rebuild it using traditional techniques and materials.

 

Q: How long is the Qeswachaka Bridge?

A: The Bridge is approximately 30 meters (100 feet) long and 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide.

 

Q: What is the best time to visit the Qeswachaka Bridge?

A: The best time to visit the Bridge is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is clear and sunny, making it ideal for hiking and exploring the surrounding landscape.

Qeswachaka's bridge hanging over the Apurímac's river

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