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Walk across the Q’eswachaka bridge and walk back in time. The only remaining handwoven Inca bridge of its kind, Qeswachaka is a unique piece of living cultural heritage. Take a day trip from Cusco to see this feat of Inca engineering during the annual bridge building festival, or any day of the year.
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Take a day trip to see the last Inca rope bridge! Q’eswachaka (also spelled Qeshuachaca) is the last woven Inca bridge that can still be visited today. Made of woven grass, this Inca bridge is recreated by hand every year. You can see this ancient cultural tradition in practice, or simply visit the Q’eswachaka bridge and walk across an Inca rope bridge!
This is an absolutely unique Cusco day tour. The Qeswachaka bridge (pronounced “kez-wa-cha-ka”) is located in Canas province and spans the Apurimac river at an altitude of about 3900m (13,000 ft). 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 Qeswachaka 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 suspension bridge that can be seen today!
Read more about the Qeswachaka bridge and this fascinating living cultural practice! Check out our Festivals in Peru page which explores all the major cultural events in the Andean festival calendar. You can also read about what it’s like to visit Q’eswachaka in our blog.
We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.
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 booking in 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. If you are doing this day tour in mid June in order to coincide with the Q’eswachaka bridge festival, we will arrive in time to watch the festive dancing. No matter which day of the year you visit, you will have a chance to walk over the bridge and take photos. 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 5pm.
Total driving time: approx 6-7h (round trip)