QUESWACHAKA BRIDGE 1D
“Q’eswachaka” is a quechua name, that come from two words: “Q’eswa”, which means “to braid” and “Chaka”, which means “bridge”. This bridge is very special because it is built in the original Inca trail, is made of a special grass (q’oya). All the materials and techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since the time of the Incas, the first bridge was built in the 15th century. So Q’eswachaka Bridge Tour is a very special experience that show us more about our traditions.
The impressive bridge is 33 m (109 ft) long and 1.20 m (39 ft) wide and a height of 15 m (49 ft) above the river. It is rebuilt every single year, the responsible of it are the communities surrounding. Around 1000 locals from the communities of Winchiri, Ccolana, Quehue, Chaupibanda and Choccayhua are involved in the construction of this unique suspension bridge of Inca origin.
DAY 1 CUSCO – FOUR LAGOONS – QUESWACHACA – CUSCO
The trip begins in the city of Cusco with the pick-up from your hotel at 7 a.m. After almost two hours of travel to the south east of Cusco, we will visit the four lagoons: Pomacanchi Lagoon, Acopia Lagoon, Asnaqocha Lagoon and the Pampamarca or Tungasuca Lagoon. After enjoying a quiet moment near the lagoons, the next place will be the small volcano that is located near the town of Yanaoca.
Finally, we will arrive at the Apurímac river and the impressive Inca bridge. This hanging Inca bridge is made of vegetable fiber (Ichu) and is located over the Apurímac River in the Quehue district. The existence of this bridge dates back from the Inca time, the renovation and maintenance are done once a year by local people from the four surrounding communities. Before starting with the renovation of the bridge, is mandatory to give an offering as a sign of respect and gratitude to Pachamama.
We will have the opportunity to cross the Inca bridge, of course, if you have the courage to do it, so, it may seem easy, but is not all, however you will feel a great emotion if you decide to cross this bridge, even you will feel like a Chaski (Inca messenger). On the way back to Combapata we will make a last visit of the colonial Inca bridge of Combapata where you can see the differences between both bridges. This interesting trip ends in the city of Cusco at approximately 5.00 pm.
Included / Not Included
- Transportation Cusco – Queswachaca – Cusco
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- Lunch (buffeted)
- Tickets entrance
- First aid kit and oxygen tank
- Tips (optional)
DETAILS OF THE TOUR
- DAYS: 1D
- PLACES: Cusco – Queswachaca
Detalles del Tour
- Dias: Full Day
- Lugares: Cusco