Inca Bridge - Q'eswachaka Inca Bridge - Qeswachaca

Inca Bridge - Q'eswachaka

During the reign of the Incas, a massive network of roads, paths, and bridges connected every part of their empire in South America. Where these pathways passed through the steep gorges of the Andes, hanging bridges were constructed out of native grasses and vegetable fibers to allow messengers to run unhindered through the hostile terrain. Most of these wonders have disappeared—except one. For five hundred years, the traditional bridgemaking techniques have been passed from generation to generation in a small community four hours outside of Cusco, where the last Inca bridge still sways in the wind at Qeswachaka. Suspended above the Apurimac River at 3,700 meters (12,139 ft) above sea level, the bridge is restored each June by over a thousand people. This ancient ritual was recognized in 2013 by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Inca Bridge - Queswachaca

Overview:

Places visited on this tour: Rumi Punku; Combapata Overlook; Qeswachaka Inca Bridge;
Pampamarca, Asnacqocha, Acopía, and Pomacanchi Lagoons.

Category: Adventure, culture, and ecology

Duration: 1 day
Difficulty: Easy
Languages: English, Spanish
Tour Start Time: 7:00 am
Tour End Time: Approximately 6:00 pm
Minimum Group Size: At least six people are required for this tour to depart.
Maximum Group Size: 20 people
Seasons Available: Year-round, April through November especially recommended
Maximum Altitude: 3,800 meters (12,467 ft).

Price: $ 25.00 USD

ITINERARY:

Your tour begins with pick-up from your hotel or hostel Last Inca Bridge - Quewachacabetween 6:30 and 6:45 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building.

We will drive for about four hours through the farm-filled valleys to the south of Cusco, stopping approximately every hour at points of interest and scenic overlooks along the way.

Our first stop will be at Rumi Punku, an archeological site about 20 km (12.4 mi) from Cusco, where massive walls mark what was once the official entry point to the Incan capital. After your guide explains the site’s significance and you have time for photos, you will return to the car and continue the drive south.

Our next stop will be the Combapata Overlook, from which you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and see where the Salcca River meets the Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas.

Women on the Inca Bridge - QueswachacaWe will continue our journey to Yanaoca, one of the eight districts in the Canas province of Cusco. From Yanaoca, we will drive thirty minutes more to the Q´ewe district, where you will have your first glimpse of the ancient bridge suspended between the sheer rock cliff faces as we drive down a series of stunning switchbacks into the Apurimac canyon.

At approximately noon, we will leave the car and descend a steep path to a viewpoint for taking photos, before carefully crossing the bridge together! Get ready for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you make your way across the swaying bridge, and try not to look too closely at the river several meters below! On the other side, the bridge attendant will greet us and give a brief demonstration of the bridge’s history and construction.

After visiting the bridge, we will drive to the region’s four famous lagoons: Pomacanchi, Acopia, Asnacqoccha, and Pampamarca. Set like jewels among the gold-green hills, they shine in the warm, afternoon sun as native flamingos and other birds fly and feed around their edges.

We will then return to the vehicle and be back in Cusco at approximately 6:00 pm.

INCLUSIONS:

Included:

  • Professional, bilingual tour guide
  • Transportation
    • We use private buses and minivans, which are very comfortable and come with all necessary safety features. Our driver has several years of experience and is an expert at navigating the narrow mountain roads.
  • Boxed lunch
  • First aid kit (includes emergency oxygen tank)

Not Included:

  • Tips for your tour guide and driver
  • Breakfast or dinner
  • Snacks

What to Bring:

  • Small daypack
  • Light, comfortable clothing
  • Warm jacket
  • Water (we recommend at least 1 liter)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain Gear
  • Cash (in small denominations of Peruvian nuevo soles)
  • Personal medications
  • Toilet Paper
  • Camera
  • Snacks (granola bars, dried fruits, chocolate, etc.)

Queswachaca - Inca Bridge

FAQS - QUESWACHACA

Where is Qeswachaka?

Qeswachaka is located four hours from Cusco by car, on the edge of Apurimac canyon, in the Quehue district of Canas province.

Can I cross the bridge?

Yes! All visitors are welcome and encouraged to cross the bridge; however, this is not recommended for visitors with vertigo.

What is the length of the Qeswachaka Bridge?

The bridge is approximately 28 meters (99 feet) long and 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide.

When does the tour start and finish?

Since the location is four hours away, we will have an early start at 7:00 a.m. The tour finishes at 7:00 p.m.

What does the tour consist of? Is this a walking tour?

This is mostly a bus tour, with various stops at points of interest.

Is lunch included?

Yes, you will receive a boxed lunch.

Is there a toilet on the bus?

No, however we can stop for toilet breaks.

What is the maximum altitude?

The maximum altitude we will reach is 3,800m/12,468ft.

What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?

We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.

Are all activities on the tour mandatory? How flexible are itineraries?

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we are committed to providing your ideal experience in Peru. Therefore, if there are any adjustments you would like to make to reflect your fitness level, lifestyle, or personal interests, we are happy to help! Our itineraries are reasonably flexible and activities can be removed or substituted as necessary.

Should I bring extra water?

Water is provided at lunch. However, you should also carry one or two refillable water bottles with you to prevent dehydration.

How far in advance should I book my tour?

We recommend that you book your tour approximately one week in advance. This allows us enough time to arrange your transportation, meals, and campsites to your satisfaction.

Should I tip the guides? How much is appropriate?

A tip is customary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.

How long is the Qeswachaka Bridge?

The bridge is approximately 28 meters (99 feet) long and 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide.

Contact Us

  • 364; Plateros Street, Plaza de Armas; Cusco; Peru
  • (+51)(84) 225872 - (+51) 984610644

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