Q'eswachaka Bridge

Description

Q'eswachaka Bridge

The Q'eswachaka Bridge is located over the Apurimac River about 11,811 feet above sea level in the province of Canas about 160km South of Cusco.

"Q'eswachaka" is a native name formed by two Quechua words: "Q'eswa" which means "to braid" and "Chaka" which means "Bridge". This bridge is very special because it is built in the original Inca manner made from a special woven grass (q'oya). The material and construction techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since the Incas time since the first bridge was built in the 15th century.

This impressive bridge spans 33 meters in length and 1.20 meters wide and swings 15 meters above the river. It's rebuilt every year as a communal effort. About 1000 peasants from the communities of Winchiri, Ccolana, Quehue, Chaupibanda and Choccayhua are involved in the construction of this unique Inca hanging bridge.

During this trip, you will also visit the four famous lakes near Cusco and pass by typical villages such as Piñipampa, where we can appreciate an artisan tiles factory and a fish farm.


Itinerary

Itinerary: full day

06:00 am: Leaving
08:00 am: We will visit the famous 4 lakes of Cusco
09:00 am: Breakfast in Yanaoca
11:00 am: We"ll arrive at the Qeswachaka Bridge where we can participate in the special "pago a la tierra" ceremony, carried out by an Andean priest - an offer to the mother earth.
02:30 pm: Lunch at Qeswachaka Bridge.
04:00 pm: Visit the Natural Cave of Carañahui.
08:00 pm: Arrival by bus to Cusco

Itinerary: 2D / 1N

Day 1

Leaving in Cusco at 5:00am for Q'eswachaka. We stop en route to see the famous four lagoons close to Cusco, and we will also stop close to the town of Yanaoca for breakfast. Around 11am we arrive at the bridge of Q'eswachaka where we can see the large number of community folk working on the reconstruction of the bridge. Here the Andean Priests (Pacos) are in charge of the ancestral ceremony of "The Payment to the Earth", where they sacrifice offerings for "Pachamama", or "Mother Earth", with the aim of gaining her help and protection for those working on the bridge's reconstruction. We have lunch near the bridge and later return to the town of Yanaoca for dinner and the night in a basic hotel.

Day 2

We take a traditional breakfast early in the morning and we return to the bridge, which by this point will be completed. We will have the opportunity to see the celebration of the completion of the bridge, which includes ceremonies, traditional dances and Andean music. Our return is planned for around 07:00pm.

Photos

Q'eswachaka Bridge
Q'eswachaka Bridge
Q'eswachaka Bridge

Practical Information

Date: The inauguration takes place in June - please contact us for detailed information
Transport: Bus
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change

Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
Included
  • Professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Transport
  • Full day Tour: box lunch
  • 2- Day Tour: Lunch and Dinner on day 1; Breakfast on day 2
  • Overnight in basic hostel (2-day Tour)
Additional Options:

We run full day trips to the bridge all year-round, as well as an extended 2-day trip once a year on the date of the ceremonious rebuilding of the bridge by local communities.



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