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Our full day tour to the iconic suspension bridge which is also the only remaining Inca bridge is one of the unmissable experiences in Cusco. Q’eswachaka pronounced as Keshwa Chaca is a grass rope bridge. The name is a combination of two Quechua words – Qeswa means braid and Chaka means bridge.
During the Inca civilization they built many roads to enhance the connectivity within the massive Inca empire. Qhapaq Nan, (The great Inca road) was the prominent one. It spans to some 25000 miles. At areas where they could not build a concrete road due to geographical challenges, they built such suspension bridges.
Qeswachaka Inca bridge is located to the south of Cusco. It is 33 metres long and is 1.20 metres wide. The bridge is suspended 15 metres above the Apurimac river. Every year locals from the four surrounding communities Huinchiri Chaupibanda, Choccayhua and Ccolana Queue renew the bridge.
It is a four days notable event that has been recognised by some of the prominent channels like NOVA and BBC. In 2009, the Peruvian government recognised Q’eswachaka bridge as a cultural heritage site.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
The full day Qeswachaka Rope Bridge Tour starts with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you along the South Valley of Cusco to Canas province. On our way, we will be stopping to see some lagoons namely Pomacanchi, Acopia, Asnacocha and Pampamarca.
Once we reach Canas province, our local expert will be sharing some essential information about the bridge and how the community is taking initiative to preserve the age old tradition of rebuilding it every year.
We will then cross the bridge. On the other end of the bridge, the head of the community will be receiving you. You will then get first hand information on their way of life. Here we will be stopping for lunch.
We will then embark on a return trip to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from the main square of Cusco.
A good day trip from Cusco city. The bridge is very well preserved and I had a chance to litreally cross from one end to the other of the bridge. The people living in the area are very friendly and welcoming and shared a lot of insights. Well worth the day trip.