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Duration: 1 Day
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: Qeswachaka Bridge
Difficulty : ★ Easy
Adventure : ★★★ Getting off the beaten path
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

Qeswachaka Bridge Tour Highlights

  • See the only remaining Inca bridge, re-woven every year by hand
  • Witness a genuine Andean fiesta in a remote province of Cusco
  • Stop at a series of Andean lakes along the way

About the Qeswachaka Bridge Tour

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.
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Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people

$205

4-6 people

$145

7-8 people

$145

9-12 people

$145
WHY BOOK WITH US?

High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Qeswachaka Bridge Tour

What is Included?

  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of Q’eswachaka bridge tour departure
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Box Lunch

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and water
  • Tip for the guide

You Should Bring

    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:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

    You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

    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.

    • Light-weight aluminium walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu, either at the beginning or end of your trek
    • Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience! Day tours receive a 5% discount when you also book a 3 or more day trek!

    Important!

    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. This discount does not apply to train fares. Children under 2 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap.
  • 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.

Trekkers Wanted

    Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone! Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you take might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Q’eswachaka bridge itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change meal spots and times, depending on the day’s progress.
  • The Q’eswachaka bridge program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances
  • This is a totally off-the-beaten path excursion, and tourist infrastructure is very limited. Instead, we’ll be making use of local facilities where possible.
  • Please note: this is a true adventure and things may not go exactly according to plan! Keep an open mind and let yourself enjoy the cultural differences you may experience. There is always an opportunity to learn something!
  • Most of all, remember you are joining a genuine Andean fiesta, an event with real meaning and importance to the local community. You are a guest. You should be willing to accept their means and methods of celebration. Please be respectful, and refer to our Responsible Tourism pages. You can also ask for our Traveler’s Code of Conduct guide.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this experience sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

1 Day Q'eswachaka Bridge Tour Itinerary

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)

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