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Q’eswachaka or Qeswachaka Rope Bridge Tour is a day trip from Cusco to the last remaining Inca rope bridge. Qeswachaka rope bridge is made entirely of woven grass and hangs 15 meters above the Apurimac river.
The name derives from two Quechua words, “Q’eswa” signifies braiding and “Chaka” denotes bridge.
Qeswachaka rope bridge connects the two communities on either sides of the river. Every year in June, the community gather to re-construct the bridge. This is a notable four days event that has been supported by video productions of Nova and BBC.
First Day: Men from the community gather and travel around to gather straws of vegetable fibre which in Qechua is known as ichu. Women are assigned the responsibility of braiding them.
Second Day: Men remove the hanging rope bridge.
Third Day: They join the new bridge and connect it across the Apurimac river.
Fourth Day: They gather to commemorate the completion of the bridge with Andean folkloric music and dance.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 0600 in the morning. Then we will drive for almost two hours and visit the four iconic lagoons to the south of Cusco city. We will be stopping at Pomacanchi Lagoon, Acopia Lagoon, Asnaqocha Lagoon and Pampamarca Lagoon.
From here we will be driving to a town named Yanacoa, home to a small active volcano. We will be having a brief stop here.
We will then drive to Quehue District, home to Qeswachaka Rope Bridge. After interacting with the community to know the story of the bridge, you may seize the opportunity to cross this ancient rope bridge.
After the tour, we will start our journey back to Cusco. On the way, we will stop to see the archaeological remains of Rumiqolqa. Rumiqolqa is a combination of two Quechua words where Rumi means Stone and qullqa means deposit. As the name suggests, Rumiqolqa is a stone quarry sometime between 550-900AD during the Wari civilisation.
Here you will have a guided tour to know the history of this archeological site.
After the tour we will return to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at around 05:00 in the evening.
Qeswachaka rope bridge is made using strands of long grass.
Qeswachaka rope bridge is located in the South of Cusco city on the way to Puno in Quehue District.
This was my first time in Cuzco, absolutely without a doubt, it was the best experience, everything was easy and accessible very well organized. 100% recommended all very professional