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Q'eswachaka Tour Details

Qeswachaka Bridge is the only surviving rope bridge built by Incas. It nestles in Canas province Peru, Quehue district, to the south of Cusco. The name Q’eswachaka is a combination of two Quechua words, Q’eswa which means braid and Chaka means Bridge. 

During the Inca civilization they built many road systems. The prominent one among those is Qhapaq ñan. This pretty much linked every part of the Inca empire. At places where the Incas could not build roads due to geographical challenges, they built suspension bridges. 

The method they used to build this was passed down from generation to generation. Q’eswachaka Bridge is the only bridge that is still maintained by their descendants. The bridge is renovated in the traditional method every year for over 500 years. 

The bridge is suspended above the Apurímac River at 3700 metres above sea level. Every year in June the four neighbouring communities gather to maintain their age-old traditions. The Quechua communities Huinchiri chaupibanda, Perccaro, Ccollana and Qqewe together make this. 

This communal effort is widely recognised. Infact, in 2013 UNESCO declared it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

On this full day tour from Cusco you will be accompanied by our local guide who has an extensive knowledge about the Incan history. Once in the community, a local member too will be joining ans will be sharing their insights. 

We aim to make this a fun filled and cultural experience. To make this more interesting, we will also be visiting some picturesque lagoons on our way.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • English speaking local guide
  • Transport
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Entrance Fees

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks and Water
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Qeswachaka Bridge Tour

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to the South of Cusco along the South Valley.

We will stop at Combapata. It is a small village, here we will be stopping for breakfast. After breakfast, we will be driving further for another 15 minutes to the view point. From here you will have a breathtaking view of the valley below where the Salcca River meets the Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas.

We will then continue our journey to Yanaoca. It is one of the eight districts in Canas province. Thirty minutes away from here nestles a beautiful hamlet of Q’ewe. From here you will get the first sight of the Inca rope bridge – Qeswachaka. 

We will then drive further to the car park. From here we will hike down closer to the bridge. We will have a brief stop so you could click some photos. Our local expert will then share some information about the bridge with you. 

Get ready for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime! You will then be crossing the swaying bridge. Just on the other side of the bridge a member from the community will welcome you and give you demonstration of how they build it each year.

After spending some time here, we will drive to visit the four prominent lagoons in the region:Asnacqoccha, Acopia, Pomacanchi and Pampamarca. 

We will then start our journey back to Cusco city.

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