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Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge Tour in Southern Cusco is a popular full day tour. It takes you to the ancient and only surviving Inca rope bridge – Qeswachaka Inca Bridge that is suspended on top of the Apurimac River.
The Rope Bridge is 33 metres long and 1.20 metres wide. It is suspended 15 metres above the Apurimac River.
The bridge get its name in Quechua after its form. Keshwa means rope and Chaka means braided. As the bridge is made entirely by braiding straw grass it is named Keshwa Chaca or Qeswachaka.
The Inca Empire was massive and to facilitate travel they built Qhapaq Ñan or The Great Inca Trail. This spans over 25000 miles. However, in some regions they faced geographical challenges where they built suspension bridges.
Qeswachaka Inca Bridge is the last bridge built by Incas. It is well preserved by locals. Every year in June people from the four neighbouring communities gather to remove the existing bridge and lay a new one.
This is a popular event that is recognised by BBC and NOVA.
Happy Gringo is a local tour operating company in Peru. We offer the Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge Tour both in private and in small groups.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 06:00 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the South Valley of Cusco to Canas Province in Queue district. This is home to Qeswachaka Inca Bridge.
On our way, we will be stopping to see the four beautiful lagoons – Acopia, Asnacocha, Pomacanchi and Pampamarca.
We will then continue our drive to the Canas Province. Once there, our tour guide will give you an introduction to the Inca Civilization. We will then hike to the bridge.
If desired, you can cross to the other side of the river on the Inca Rope Bridge. If you are not confident to cross on this, there is a modern bridge right next to it. The village chief will meet you on the other side of the bridge and will welcome you to the community.
They will then give you a demonstration on how they build the bridge every year. You will also get an insight to their traditions and way of life.
After we have finished the tour, we will stop for lunch before embarking on a three hour drive back to Cusco City.