Although the true age of the Q’eswachakaInca Bridge is a mystery, it’s believed that the first Inca bridges were engineered somewhere around the 13th century. However, age isn’t the only reason you need to make this rope bridge a part of your trekking tour.
Here’s why an adventure tour in Cusco is incomplete without a visit to the Inca bridge.
1. The Last Bridge Standing
According to Smithsonian Magazine, Inca people first constructed rope bridges from the grass as part of the Great Inca Road, a 25,000 mile-long road that involved many steep canyons.
These handcrafted suspension bridges helped expand the empire by facilitating access for soldiers, diplomats, and messengers. After the empire fell, these bridges continued to streamline travel for many centuries.
However, today, all but one bridge remains: the 118-feet long Q’eswachakaInca Bridge, suspended over the Apurimac River.
2. Taking the Route Less Traveled
The Q’eswachaka makes great visuals, and it’s fast-attracting tourists. However, they aren’t the primary route for everyone just yet.
Despite annual rebuilding efforts by local communities, outsiders find crossing the ever-swaying bridge to be a terrifying prospect. They would much rather take the beaten track than the rope bridge less traveled for obvious reasons.
However, the swinging motion of the bridge is all the more reason you should take it. If the people of Inca can take this route for hundreds of years, so can you.
3. You and Nature for Miles on End
Even though this rope bridge is an important part of Inca history, you won’t hear much about it within tales of conquests that wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for this suspension bridge.
While this bridge is growing in popularity, you won’t find as many people near it, like other places in the Andes. On a lucky day, you may be the only tourist who gets to enjoy the splendid views the location has to offer, including:
- Several mountains
- The four lakes: Pomacanchi, Acopía, Asnacqocha, and Pampamarca.
- Access to river banks.
- Livestock and wildlife.
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