Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge Tour

Q’eswachaka – this Inca bridge is the only one that still exists. It is located approximately three hours from Cusco by car, in the province of Canas. People who love adventure and culture should visit this place. People who have the courage can cross the bridge that measures 28 meters and that is made of Ichu (paja de puna).

Description

Modality: Adventure, landscape and cultural – Daily Departures.
Maximum altitude: 3,800 m.a.s.l. – Difficulty: Easy.
We will cross the Inca Bridge from both sides, but be careful, it seems easy, but it takes a lot of courage!
Without a doubt you will feel a great emotion when crossing this bridge, so much so that you will feel like Indiana Jones.

Activities

Hiking, trekking, trekking (included)
Cultural visits (included)
Guided tours (included)

Starting point

Cusco: Pick up at hotel.

As long as it is inside the urban helmet of the city (Center and Fence).
For places outside these limits, you must coordinate with the Operator the feasibility of your pickup or Meeting Point or additional cost.

  • Modality: Adventure, landscape and cultural
  • Departure days: Daily departures
  • Season: March to January
  • Duration of trip: 1 Day
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 people
  • Maximum height: 3.800 mt
  • Difficulty: Easy

ITINERARY

LAST INCA BRIDGE IN Q’ESWACHAKA

Early pick up from the hotel in Cusco, we will travel south along the road leading to the province of Canas, during the journey we will observe the lagoon of Pomacanchi – the enigmatic lagoon of Urcos, where stories tell that the last Inca ordered to take all the gold of the Empire so that it is not looted by the Spanish and the lagoon of Yanaoca, where we will visit a somewhat tiny volcano and the Abra of the same name.

Upon arriving at “Queswachaca” located at (3,600 masl.) we will have the opportunity to visit its ancestral bridge, which is an architectural and cultural heritage of the Incas, the Inca bridge of “Queswachaca” is built over the majestic Apurimac River, located in the province of Canas. The last Inca bridge suffers the deterioration of its material (straw) due to the inclement climate of the mountains, so it requires an annual maintenance consisting of a total reconstruction. The reconstruction is in charge of the peasant communities of Perccaro, Huinchi and Qqewe. The size of the bridge is 33 m. long and 1.20 m. wide, the material used is only the straw (Ichu) braided from the heights of the region “Puna”.

In the afternoon we will return to Cusco, but the road has a surprise, at the height of the community of Hampatura are the impressive caves of Ccarañahui or Q’arañahui which is located at 3,900 meters above sea level. This is a fantastic cavern of marine sedimentary material, its chemical composition is calcium hypochlorite, which by constant dripping resulted in the formation of impressive stalagmites and stalactites, which curiously acquired forms of puma, and condor, the cave is thousands of years old and in the background we can appreciate a mysterious lagoon, legend has it that the Incas came to the cave to communicate spiritually with their Gods. Finally we will return to Cusco in our private car, ending this way our tour to the Inca bridge of “Q’eswachaka”.

THE ANNUAL RECONSTRUCTION

The bridge of “Q’eswachaka” requires an annual maintenance because the straw (Ichu) used for its construction begins to decompose, since the Inca period the reconstruction is done in 3 days (before the second Sunday of June) and the 4th day the ceremony concludes with a folkloric festival, where you can share the traditions and customs unique in the world.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

This program includes

  • Private transportation Cusco – Queswachaca – Cusco.
  • Professional English/Spanish Guide.
  • Lunch box.
  • Entrance ticket.

This program does not include

  • Tips for staff.
  • Breakfast.

We recommend to take:

  • Snacks (warm clothes and rainwear, comfortable shoes).
  • Camera.
  • Bottle with water.
  • Snacks (energy bars, dried fruit, chocolates, biscuits, etc.).
  • Cash in soles and dollars (no ATM machines).
  • Some identity document.

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Per person: $ .00

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