Duration: 4 Days
Tour Type: Cultural
Max. Altitude : 3,500 msnm
Group Sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Moderate
Inca Qeswachaca Bridge Tour 4 Days
- Introduction, directions a day before your trip at your hotel.
- Guide with experience.
- Pick up from the hotel between 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
- Private transportation to the district of Q’ehue (2.5 to 3 hours of travel approx.).
- Visit to the viewpoints of four lagoons.
- Visit Puente IncaQ’eswachaca.
- Power 3d 4 A 3 C
- Touristic bus
It is the last Inca bridge, made with vegetable fiber “ichu” with a length of 33 meters. long and 1.20 wide, this bridge was very important at the time of the Incas and formed part of the great road network of the Inca Trail the “Qhapaq Ñan” this bridge is renewed every year and ancestral techniques are applied by peasants from the villages Winchiri, Ccollana, Quehue, Chaupibanda Choccayhua
This tradition is recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2013
In this traditional festival about 1,000 people from the communities Quechua Winchiri, Ccollana, Quehue, Chaupibanda Choccayhua Quehue District, Canas Province – Cusco, is the only hanging bridge made entirely of plant fiber that is renewed annually since the time of The Incas, in this work, men participate and women meet following an organization based on mutual aid known as Minka and Ayni (reciprocal work). They also participate in the offering ceremony to the Pachamama and the Apus, in charge of a Andean priest
The ritual for days
The ancestral ritual develops:
1 First Day
It begins with the offering that is paid to the apu tutelary Quinsallallawi. Before the inhabitants of the four communities have already collected the main input for the construction of the bridge, the “ichu”. The Andean woman who is in charge of knitting the first soguilla or qeswa actively participates in the collection of this material. In the afternoon the males form two groups, and gather over both sides of the bridge and spread the soguillas or queas from end to end which are braided by the chakaruhac (Inca engineer) to assemble the qeswaska or greater braid.
2 Second Day
This begins by untying the old ropes that are tied to stone nails, to which they will re-tie the new braids and once finished, they will start throwing the ropes from one end to the other. The braiding of the ropes takes its time as well as the lashing of the cables, finally the four thick ropes that serve as the base and the two rails or handrails are placed.
3 Third Day
This day concludes with the assembly of the handrails and the surface of the bridge, which will serve to cross. Once finished it begins with the opening of the bridge to the music and typical dances of the area.
4 Fourth day.
It’s the date of celebration. This day is a beautiful festival of indigenous dances by the inhabitants of the four Quechua communities.
State of the Way
The district of Quehue is located 180 kilometers from the city of Cusco. There is a paved road that goes to the same Inca bridg