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Qeswachaka Inca Rope Bridge Tour 1 Day

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Qeswachaka Bridge
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Trekking , Adventure, History
Difficulty Easy
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Journey on a uniquely historical tour with 69 Explorer as we guide you to the Qeswachaka Inca Rope Bridge Tour. This full-day tour offers a unique glimpse into the Inca civilization, showcasing the awe-inspiring Qeswachaka Bridge. The bridge is a testament to Inca engineering and a recognized UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.

We’ll approach the Apurimac River, a vital waterway for the local people. Here lies the Qeswachaka Bridge, an iconic suspension bridge spanning an impressive 28 m (92 ft) and suspended 15 m (49 ft) above the river. This engineering feat, traditionally known as Keshwa Chaca, is not just a bridge but a symbol of the community’s connection to their ancestors and the natural world.

Crafted meticulously from Ichu grass, the bridge’s thin ropes and intricate weaving techniques have been passed down through generations. Annually, the local communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Choccayhua, and Ccollana gather in a communal effort to rebuild the bridge, preserving this unique aspect of their heritage.

A Timeless Journey Across the Qeswachaka: Discovering Inca Ingenuity

Our Qeswachaka Inca Rope Bridge Tour isn’t just a passage across an ancient rope bridge; it’s a journey back in time along the lesser-known paths of the Inca Trail. You’ll witness the stark contrast between the traditional Inca Rope Bridge and the modern bridges. The Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge stands as a proud relic of the Inca’s advanced engineering and a vivid tourist attraction.

Throughout this full-day tour, we’ll share stories of the Apus, the sacred spirits of the mountains, and immerse you in the local culture. This excursion grants you the opportunity to walk in the steps of the Inca, on a Suspension Bridge that has withstood the test of time.

Join 69 Explorer for this unparalleled adventure, where the legacy of the Inca civilization comes alive beneath your feet. The Qeswachaka Inca Rope Bridge Tour, promising an unforgettable experience that bridges the past with the present. Let’s step into history together, where ancient traditions meet the thrill of exploration.

From US$ 47

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation is provided from Cusco to the Q’eswachaka Bridge site. Comfortable vehicles equipped for the mountain terrain ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.
  • Professional Bilingual Guide: You will be accompanied by an expert guide fluent in both English and Spanish. Your guide will provide insightful, commentary, and answer any questions about the bridge, local culture, and history.
  • Entrance Fees: All entrance fees to the Q’eswachaka Bridge and any other sites included in the itinerary are covered.
  • Traditional Andean Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local Andean cuisine, offering a taste of the region’s culinary heritage.
  • Guided Tour of the Q’eswachaka Bridge: An in-depth guided tour of the Q’eswachaka Bridge, including detailed explanations of its history, construction, and cultural significance.
  • Cultural Interaction: Opportunities to interact with local communities, providing a deeper understanding of their traditions and way of life.
  • Photography Opportunities: Numerous stops for photography, allowing you to capture the stunning landscapes and the unique architecture of the bridge.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: For safety, a basic first aid kit will be available throughout the tour.
  • Comfort Breaks: Regular stops for restroom facilities and to stretch your legs during the drive to and from the bridge site.

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance: Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance. It’s highly recommended to have insurance that covers accidents, medical emergencies, and trip cancellations.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks or beverages outside of the provided meals, and other incidental costs are not included.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for the tour guide and driver are not included in the tour price and are left to the discretion of the participants.
  • Additional Activities: Any activities not outlined in the tour itinerary, such as optional side trips or extra excursions, are not included.
  • Meals Outside of Lunch: While a traditional Andean lunch is provided, breakfast, dinner, and any other meals during the day are not included in the tour package.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at the participant’s own expense.
  • Transportation to Cusco: Transportation to Cusco before the tour begins and after it concludes is not included. Participants are responsible for their own arrival and departure arrangements.
  • Special Equipment: The tour does not require special equipment. Personal gear such as hiking poles, binoculars, or special photography equipment is not provided.
  • Medical Emergencies: Costs associated with medical emergencies, including evacuation and hospitalization, are not covered.
  • Travel Delays or Cancellations: The tour does not cover expenses related to travel delays or cancellations prior to the start of the tour.

Recommend to carry

  • Comfortable Clothing: Dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable. Include lightweight, breathable fabrics and a warmer layer for cooler temperatures.
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes: Comfortable hiking or walking shoes with good grip are essential, as you will be walking on uneven terrain.
  • Sun Protection: Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from strong UV rays, especially at high altitudes.
  • Rain Gear: A waterproof jacket or poncho is advisable, as weather can be unpredictable.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the tour. A refillable water bottle is a sustainable choice.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, fruit, or nuts can be helpful for maintaining energy levels during the tour.
  • Personal Medications: Bring any medications that you are taking and inform your guide if necessary.
  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing memories. Bring a power bank, and fully charge your devices.
  • Backpack: A small to medium-sized backpack to carry your essentials during the tour.
  • Cash: For personal expenses, tips, or souvenirs – small denominations are preferable.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Include plasters/band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and any other personal first aid items.
  • Identification and Tour Documents: Carry a form of ID and any necessary tour documents or vouchers.
  • Hand Sanitizer and Face Mask: Depending on the health guidelines at the time of your tour.
  • Binoculars: Optional, for a closer look at the distant landscapes and potentially wildlife.
  • Insect Repellent: Especially important if you’re sensitive to bug bites.

Itinerary

Embark on a breathtaking journey with 69 Explorer as we unveil the wonders of the Qeswachaka Bridge Tour, an exploration that melds cultural richness with stunning landscapes. Our meticulously crafted itinerary ensures an unforgettable experience, blending the allure of ancient traditions with the thrill of adventure.

As dawn breaks, we will depart from Cusco, heading towards the picturesque Canas Province. The drive itself is an experience, winding through the majestic Andes, offering views that will leave you spellbound. We will cover approximately 160 km (about 100 mi) to reach our destination, a journey that will take around four hours. The route will present diverse landscapes, from urban to rural, to the unparalleled beauty of the Andean highlands.

Upon arriving near the Qeswachaka Bridge, we will encounter the Apurimac River. Here, we will marvel at the Qeswachaka Bridge, an engineering marvel spanning 28 m (92 ft) and hanging 15 m (49 ft) above the river. We will engage in a detailed exploration of the bridge, learning about its history, construction, and cultural significance. Our expert guides will share fascinating insights into the annual rebuilding tradition carried out by local communities.

Exploring more than Qeswachaka Inca Bridge

We will then proceed to engage in a series of activities that offer a deeper connection with the landscape. These include short hikes around the area, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We will also have the opportunity to interact with local communities, gaining a unique perspective on their daily lives and cultural practices.

Lunch will be a special affair, as we will savor traditional Andean cuisine, a culinary experience that blends local flavors with ancient cooking techniques. This will also be a moment to rest and reflect on the morning’s adventures.

In the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of the area, visiting nearby attractions that showcase the rich heritage and natural beauty of the region. After exploring the area, we’ll ride back to Cusco in our private van and have time to reflect on the day.

As the sun sets behind the Andes, we will arrive back in Cusco, concluding an enriching and enlightening tour.

This Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour promises more than just a visit to an ancient bridge; it’s a full immersion into the heart of Andean culture and history. Join us at 69 Explorer for this journey of discovery and adventure.

FAQs

The Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge is a traditional grass rope bridge. Located over the Apurimac River in Peru, It’s significant for its historical value, one of the only remaining examples of Incan bridge engineering.

Most tours to the Q’eswachaka Bridge start from Cusco. The journey usually involves a drive of a few hours through the Peruvian countryside.

Bring sunscreen, hats, comfortable walking shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. The weather can be variable, so dressing in layers is a good idea.

The bridge is safe to walk on. The local communities keep the bridge maintained all year round. Please note; the bridge is high above the river, if you have a fear of heights then reconsider taking this tour.

The annual reconstruction of the bridge is a significant cultural event, involving local communities in a ritual that dates back to Inca times. This usually takes place in June.

The tour is generally accessible to most people, but due to the altitude and the physical nature of the walk, it may not be suitable for those with serious health issues or mobility restrictions.

The tour typically lasts a full day, including travel time from and back to Cusco. The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to September.

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