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Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Full Day Tour

Created with Sketch. Qeswachaka, Cusco, Peru
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Duration

1 Day

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

Español, Ingles

Overview

Qeswachaka Inca Bridge or Keshwa Chaca, this is one of the only remaining examples of the Incan handwoven bridges once common in the Incan road system.
Made of woven grass, the bridge spans 118 feet and hangs 60 feet above the canyon’s rushing river. The Incan women braided small, thin ropes, which were then braided again by the men into large support cables, much like a modern steel suspension bridge. Handwoven bridges have been part of the trail and roadway system for over 500 years and were held in very high regard by the Inca. The punishment for tampering with such a bridge was death. Over time, however, the bridges decayed or were removed, leaving this last testament to Incan engineering. The bridges’ sagging was addressed by destroying and rebuilding it in an annual ceremony—originally considered a social obligation under Inca rule, and now preserved as a way of honouring their history by the nearby community of Quehue, Peru. This bridge has been christened with a traditional Incan ceremonial bridge blessing and is in extremely good condition. Every June, Quechua communities gather on the banks of the Apurimac River to renovate the Qeswachaka Inca Bridge. On this day, they manifest their honour to Pachamama, the Earth Mother, and behold archaic traditions. When the work is over, people express gratitude to Apus (mountain spirits) and afterwards celebrate with music, traditional food and drinks
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    Activities: Trekking Adventure
    Difficulty Levels: 3 of 5
    Maximum Altitude: 3,700 masl / 12,139 ft
    Departures Day: Daily Departures.
    Starts: Pick up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:30 AM
    Ends: Drop-off at your accommodation in Cusco around 6:00 PM

Itinerary

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Q’eswachaka Tour Plus Experienced Tour Guide Day Trip.
The tour begins with the pick-up from your accommodation between 4:30 and 4:45 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. Once the whole group is gathered, around 5:00 am, we will start our journey in our private transportation.

We will then have a two hours hour van journey to the town of Combapata, where we will have our local breakfast (made of local cereals like quinoa, quiwicha, maca). After this will continue drive for 15 minutes until we will get the Combapata viewpoint, from which we will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and see where the Salcca River meets the Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas.

Then, we 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. From there, you will have your first glimpse of the ancient bridge suspended between the steep rock cliffs, as we drive down the Apurimac canyon.

We will then leave the car and descend a steep path to a viewpoint to take 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 regions where the four famous lakes are: Pampamarca, Asnacqoccha, Acopia, and Pomacanchi. 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 stop in one of the lakeshores to set our picnic blanket and enjoy our picnic.

Finally, we will explore Rumi Punku before returning to Cusco at about 4:30 pm.
Itenirary
04:30 - 05:00
Pick up each passengers from their respective hotels around of the historic center of cusco.
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05:00 - 07:30
We will visit the famous 4 lakes of Cusco
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07:30 - 08:30
Breakfast in Yanaoca.
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08:30 - 11:00
We"ll arrive at the Qeswachaka Bridge where we can participate in the special "pago a la tierra" ceremony, carried out by an Andean priest - an offer to the mother earth.
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12:00 - 13:30
Lunch at Qeswachaka Bridge.
14:00 - 15:00
Visit the Natural Cave of Carañahui.
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15:00 - 17:00
Transport back to Cusco
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17:00 - 17:30
Arrive to Cusco (San francisco square).

What is Included?

  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • Private car to queshuachaca(round trip).
  • Professional Tour Guide(English and Spanish speaking).
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Oxygen tank.

Not Included:

  • Dinner.
  • Rain poncho (can be bought anywhere in the city or along the trail).
  • Tips
  • Entrance fee.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Qeswachaka, Cusco, Peru

Tour Map Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Full Day Tour

FAQs

Health and Safety:
All of our participants are required to inform us of any illness or injury which could affect them or the group during the tour. Although our guides carry first aid kits, we strongly recommended that you bring any personal medications you may need. We also suggest that you consult your doctor before reserving your tour.
Where to Store Your Things:
Anything you do not want to bring with you on the tour can be safely left in your accommodation. Most hotels and hostels have safes to protect your belongings. However, if you do not feel comfortable leaving your things there, you may also bring them to our office for safekeeping during the tour.
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.
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.
Guides
All of our guides are educated in the field of tourism, have received first aid assistance training and are fluent in English. We also have guides who offer tours in Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese. All guides have excellent knowledge about local flora and fauna as well as Peru's history, geography and culture.
What is the length of the Q’eswachaka Bridge?
The bridge is approximately 28 meters (99 feet) long and 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide.
Should I bring extra water?
Water is provided at meals. However, you should also carry a refillable water bottle with you to prevent dehydration.
How far in advance should I book my tour?
We recommend that you book your trek approximately one to two weeks in advance. This allows us to arrange for you to have the best possible transportation, guides, and meals during your tour.
How much time will I need to acclimate to the altitude before my tour?
We recommend at least two days in Cusco to sufficiently acclimate before the tour begins.
Is there a vegetarian option for the included meals?
Yes, vegetarian options are available; however, vegan options are not.
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.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
All of our guides are bilingual and speak both Spanish and English.
What is the highest point on this tour?
The highest elevation on this hike is 5,200 meters (17,020 ft) above sea level.

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