At an altitude of more than 3,700 meters, breathing becomes difficult and the headache persistent. In this remote part of the Andes, there is a splendid work of Andean engineering measuring 28 meters long and 1.20 meters wide that persists in modernity.
A tradition that for the rural communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Choccayhua and Ccollana Quehue has survived for more than five centuries thanks to the intercession of the divinity. “If we do not build a new bridge every year, we risk provoking the wrath of the Pachamama and the Apus, who every June have the task of rebuilding the Inca bridge that still persists in modernity.
The Inca bridge of Q’eswachaka is the only one that still exists. It is located about three hours from Cusco by car, in the province of Canas. Adventure and culture lovers should visit this place, appreciating the fact that it is the last of a tradition that has been carried out annually for 600 years, it is living history.
People who have the courage have the opportunity to cross the bridge which measures 28 meters and is made of coya (bunch grass) and sticks and is attached to the original foundations of the Inca bridge. This is the experience of a lifetime. As part of this memorable journey into history we include visits to the “baby” volcano Yanaoca and the Ccarañahui Caves.
Sites to visit
Inca bridge Queswachaca
- Type of trip: Adventure, ecological, scenic and cultural.
- Departures: Daily departures.
- Season: Every year.
- Duration of the excursion:1 day.
- Group size:2-8 persons.
- Difficulty: Easy
If you like to visit off the beaten path, a visit to the Qeswachaka bridge is a must. Excursions to Qeswachaka are not yet popular with tourists, so you can probably appreciate the beauty of this bridge strung between the two banks of the Apurimac River and avoid the hordes of tourists at the same time. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can even cross it while swaying in the wind.
Last Inca Bridge - Tour Qeswachaca
Pick up of our passengers at 4:30 a.m. at their hotels or at the departure point indicated in case they are in remote locations.
5:00 a.m. departure from Cusco city heading south to Yanaoca. 9:00 a.m. after enjoying our breakfast we will leave for our first and desired destination “Inca Qeswachaca Bridge”the last Inca bridge still surviving to modernity. Where we will be able to cross and take pictures for 1 hour.
11:00 a.m. we will leave with return to Yanaoca where we will have the visit of the viewpoint where our guide will explain us of the revolution of Tupac Amaru, to our return we will be able to observe the Volcano of pavilions for about 20 minutes.
At 1:00 p.m. we will be able to enjoy a delicious menu that our chef will make you look forward to. At 2:00 p.m. we will have a place to participate in one of the traditional activities of artisanal fishing and spend a walk in the Urinsaya lagoon in the “GRAN AMARU”,
On our return we can enjoy the most beautiful scenery of the 4 lagoons: Pomacanchi Lagoon, Acopia Lagoon, Asnaqocha Lagoon, Pampamarca or Tungasuca Lagoon. (ride on the Gran Amaru and fishing activity). In these lagoons we can observe a variety of birds such as the Parihuanas, wild ducks and Pelicans.
After these activities we will return to Cusco arriving at approximately 7:00 pm.
- Tourist transportation of 15 to 19 passengers.
- Bilingual English / Spanish professional guide.
- American Breakfast.
- Semi buffet menu.
- First aid kit.
- Entrance to Q’eswachaca Bridge s/10.00 soles.
- Ride on the Gran Amaru s/10.00 soles.
- Snacks, tips.
- Wear sneakers or light shoes or tennis shoes.
- Drink plenty of fluids on your excursions.
- Raincoat (long poncho) in rainy season.
- Long sleeve shirts.
- Long pants.
- Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
- Sunglasses, plastic bags.
- Medicine and/or personal use items (liquid for contact lenses).
- One light backpack or briefcase per person.
- Camera or camcorder and film.
- Have on hand checks and coins in small denominations of dollars, euros or soles.
How to Get
There are two ways to visit the bridge and experience its wonder and incredible craftsmanship.
On your own – This way is a little more difficult, but some prefer it. You will need to start by finding a cab driver who knows the route. Not many people know the exact route, so asking someone at your hotel or hostel may be a good way to start.
They will take you to the village where the bridge is located in about 3 hours from Cusco. They will take you to the village where the bridge is located in about 3 hours from Cusco.
We recommend that you bring food for the day in case you don’t find anything you feel like eating. It is a long trip and the food in town can be quite basic. This is especially necessary if you suffer from allergies or have dietary preferences.
You will have to negotiate with the cab to wait for you and take you back to Cusco. You can expect to pay around 200 soles for this service for the whole day.
With an agency – This option is usually cheaper and you are guaranteed to arrive safely. With these trips, you will also have your meals included, so you only need to bring snacks. You will also be able to stop at different places to see more along the route.
Take your time to visit this wonderful place.
So, if you are in Cusco and have time, be sure to take a day out of your trip to visit this wonder. It is something that not many visitors get to see and it is such a lovely thing to see that the community still comes together to rebuild this impressive building year after year.
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