QESWACHAKA INCA BRIDGE TOUR
Nature lovers will be delighted to know that there is an impressive hidden world in the south of Cusco. The Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour covers an area is full of local cultural history and is not explored by the western world and is located just 2 hours by car.
Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour
The Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour is perfect for nature lovers who can immerse themselves in a stunning hidden world located only 2 hours (drive) away from Cusco. This area is full of local cultural history, unexplored by the western world. The Pumacanchi Lagoons are four impressive lagoons with black coloured waters surrounded by lush tropical landscape and impressive limestone formations. Get up close to the great outdoors with a boat ride on one of the black lakes.
Honourable workmanship of the Inca times that has been maintained and carried over into our modern world is what gives the Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour it’s name. The Q’eswachaka (Inca Rope Bridge) spans across the Apurimac River and very year residents of the region keep the ancient tradition and skills alive by renewing the bridge annually.
Several family groups have each prepared a number of grass-ropes to be formed into cables at the site; others prepare mats for decking. The effort is performed to honour their ancestors and the Pachamama (Earth Mother). The Qeswachaka Inca Bridge Tour is truly an experience you’ll never forget.
We will greet you for an early morning pick up from your hotel in Cusco and drive through the province of Acomayo making several stops to get up and visit the lagoons of Pomacanchi, Acopia, Asnaqocha, Pampamarca or Tungasuca. These lagoons have many different uses, fishing, totora reed camps and social activities with motor boats and pedal boats. Each lagoon has its own unique and multiple species of flora and fauna to observe as we visit.
Moving through the lagoons, we pass the Canas Province and finally arrive at our main destination, the Inca bridge Q’eswachaka (3,700 masl / 12,139 ft.) hidden and connected to the mountain ledges that link this 33 meter long and 1.20 meter wide grass and rope platform. Each year, the ancient history model is maintained and renewed by hand to its original condition with the use of ichu by the local people. Before carrying out the complexity of the activity, a ceremony of payment to the Pachamama is performed to obtain help and protection during the process.
If you feel brave, the Inca suspension bridge awaits your attempt, if you have a very good imagination you can feel what it would have been like to walk along the path of an Inca, it is a very special experience not to be missed. as it is one of the bridges that lives its tradition from the time of the Incas to the present day. Such an opportunity for great photos of the authentic and unique panorama. Time to return to Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
- Pick up at your hotel.
- Private bus to Palccoyo (round trip).
- Professional tour guide (English and Spanish).
- 1 breakfast, 1 lunch (buffet).
- First aid kit.
- Oxygen tank.
- Entrance fee.
- Alcoholic beverages and others not mentioned in the list.
- Rain poncho (can be purchased anywhere in town or along the trail).
- Backpack, warm clothing (scarf, sweaters, raincoat, gloves)
- Hiking boots
- Walking sticks
- Rain poncho
- Sun hat + sunglasses.
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
- Camera and extra film and batteries
- Personal medical kit