QESWACHACA INCA BRIDGE
In a remote area of the province of Canas in the department of Cusco, exactly in the district of Q’ewe, at 3,700 m.s. is the Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaca. This marvel of Inca engineering has a length of 28 m and is suspended 50 m above the Apurímac river. Although the exact time of its origin is still being discussed, it is known for certain that it is more than 500 years old, and that it was part of the huge network of Inca Roads (Qhapac Ñan) that led to the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
The construction of bridges with resources and technologies available at that time. They are an important aspect of this network; among these, hanging bridges made from straw (vegetable fiber), abundant in the area, stand out.
The only thing more amazing than the bridge itself, is the incredible tradition that has kept it alive through the centuries and despite modernity. The cooperative work of the communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Ccollana Quehue and Pelcaro, making use of their ancestral living culture, repeat year after year, the techniques used by the Incas to weave this bridge over the Apurimac River, this wonderful 4-day event It is like a paradox in time, and it shows the authenticity of the Inca Culture.
The annual renewal of the only existing Inca bridge in Peru is an event without equal on the planet. For this reason, UNESCO has declared this ancient tradition, as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.