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The Last Inca Bridge Q’eswachaka in Cusco, Peru.

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About the Inca bridge Q’eswachaka:

The Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge in Cusco, Peru, is a magnificent rope bridge that stands majestically over the Apurímac River, is much more than just a structure, and is a living link to the greatness of the Incas and a deep-rooted tradition that has endured for over 600 years.

Every year in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco, with unwavering dedication, members of the local communities come together to rebuild this bridge as it was done in ancient times.

With the collective effort of around of 750 people, united by a commitment to preserving their cultural heritage, the result is an engineering prodigy, 28 metres long and 1.2 metres wide, that is a living testament to the skill and wisdom of their ancestors.

More than just a means of crossing the river, the Qeswachaka bridge has a profound meaning for the people of the region and is a tangible symbol of their ancestral traditions, a link to the glorious past of the Incas and a source of community pride.  

In fact, it is recognized as the last Inca bridge still standing in Peru, making it a priceless treasure for local communities and curious visitors alike.

Q’eswachaka is part of the complex road system known as Qhapaq Ñan, whose objective was to strategically unite the Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca Empire that united the territories of what are today Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

The renovation ceremony for this bridge, which is 30 meters long and 1.25 meters thick, begins with the cutting of the previous bridge, whose remains are thrown into the river. The renovation is officiated by the Andean priest, who is in charge of making offerings to the Pachamama and the Apus to obtain protection and prosperity for the inhabitants of the village.

The new Inca bridge is renewed all year round, re-built over 3 days by the native communities of the region. First, the vegetable fiber is collected and dried in the sun, and then it is flattened with stones so that the material is well stretched and tempered.

Next, fine ropes are woven, which are then joined into larger ropes and thus, little by little, the new bridge is woven by the hands of the Chakaruwaq (bearers of ancestral knowledge) who go from one end to the other until they meet in the center of the bridge.

 With the new Inca bridge ready, on the fourth day comes the moment for the party, for congratulations among the members of the communities and a day of traditional dances, to honor a work that, year after year, makes the past, present and future come together under the same sun.

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