QESWACHACA INCA BRIDGE
In a remote area of the province of Canas in the department of Cusco, exactly in the district of Q’ewe, at 3,700 m.s. is the Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaca. This marvel of Inca engineering has a length of 28 m and is suspended 50 m above the Apurímac river. Although the exact time of its origin is still being discussed, it is known for certain that it is more than 500 years old, and that it was part of the huge network of Inca Roads (Qhapac Ñan) that led to the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The construction of bridges with resources and technologies available at that time. They are an important aspect of this network; among these, hanging bridges made from straw (vegetable fiber), abundant in the area, stand out.
The only thing more amazing than the bridge itself, is the incredible tradition that has kept it alive through the centuries and despite modernity. The cooperative work of the communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Ccollana Quehue and Pelcaro, making use of their ancestral living culture, repeat year after year, the techniques used by the Incas to weave this bridge over the Apurimac River, this wonderful 4-day event It is like a paradox in time, and it shows the authenticity of the Inca Culture.
The annual renewal of the only existing Inca bridge in Peru is an event without equal on the planet. For this reason, UNESCO has declared this ancient tradition, as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
07:00 Pick up from your hotel (for hotels placed at Downtown)
4 hours approximately in our transport to our destination, during the journey we will observe the Pomacanchi, Urcos and Yanaoca lagoons, we will be able to see natural landscapes and camelids.
Arriving at Queswachaca (3,600 masl) we will have the opportunity to visit its ancestral bridge, a palpable sample of Inca architecture. It is built on the majestic Apurimac River, this bridge in mension is executed by 4 peasant communities such as Chocayhua, Huinch’iri, Chaupibamba and Ccollana Qqewe. The dimension of the bridge is 33 m. long and 1.20 m. wide, the material used is only straw or “ichu”. Previously prepared by the communities (straw braided)
In the afternoon we will be back to Cusco, we will pass by the Grottos de Ccarañahui (3,900 m.s.). cavern of marine sedimentary material, its chemical composition is the calcium hypochlorite, which by the constant dripping resulted in the formation of impressive stalagmites and stalactites, resulting in forms of puma, condor and full of stalactites and stalagmites, thousands of years old and at the bottom of the cave we can appreciate a mysterious lagoon. Then we go to Cusco in our private car.
16:00 Arrival to your hotel.
*Times are referential only.
Pick up from your hotel
Transportation in regular/pool service
Professional tour guide in regular/pool service
First aid kit and Oxygen
Box Lunch – regular and vegetarian option
International and/or domestic tickets, insurances, gratuities, personal expenses.
• Water bottle or canteen (not disposable)
• Trekking shoes
• Small backpack
• Rain poncho or rainproof clothing
• Warm and thermal jacket
• Personal medication
• Extra money in soles
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