This is an absolutely unique tour. The Q’eswachaka bridge is located across the Apurimac river, at about 3900m (13,000 ft), in Canas province. This handwoven grass bridge (q’eswa means “braid” and chaka means “bridge” in Quechua!) spans 120 feet, and is rebuilt every one or two years as a communal effort by all the local people of the region.
About 700 men and women form the communities of Huinchiri and Ccollana come to Q’eswachaka to celebrate the construction of the bridge. The final day of the fiesta is the second Sunday in June, where you can see typical dances and walk across the completed Q’eswachaka bridge. You can also visit the bridge site in the days preceding, to see the bridge-building in progress.
The weaving and construction techniques have passed from generation to generation since the Q’eswachaka bridge was first built by the Incas. It is the only remaining example of an Inca hanging bridge that can be seen today!
Read more about this fascinating living cultural practice!
Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:
Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the bookingin order to be eligible for the discount.
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We’ll pick you up early this morning from your hotel and head towards the famous Qeswachaka Bridge. On the way, we will pass through the beautiful Acopia region, stopping at the famous Four Lakes and other lookout points where you will have a chance to take pictures and take in the sights.
After this, we continue on past Yanaoca until we finally arrive at the Qeswachaka Bridge in time to watch the festive dancing, and walk over the bridge. We will have lunch onsite, followed by a few hours of free time to soak up the unique atmosphere.
In the mid-afternoon, we will begin our return trip back to Cusco. We arrive back in Cusco to drop you off at your hotel around 7pm.
Total driving time: approx 6-7h (round trip)