Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge Tour – Qeswachaka Inca Bridge

Altitude

Min: 3350m/10990 ft.. Max: 3700m/12139 ft.

Duration

1 day

Physical Level

Easy

Tour Type

Sightseeing and Cultural

Group Size

Min 2 people, Max 12 people

Best Season

January to December

Description

Cross the Qeswachaka bridge and step back in time on our exclusive tour. Q’eswachaka, the only surviving hand-woven Inca bridge of its kind, is a unique piece of living cultural heritage. Take a day trip from Cusco to admire this place of Inca engineering during the annual bridge-building festival, or any day of the year.

qeswachaka full day tour

Overview

The tour to the Q’eswachaka rope bridge in the south of Cusco is a popular full-day tour. It will take you to the ancient and only Inca rope bridge that is preserved to this day, This Qeswachaka Inca Bridge is suspended over the Apurimac River.

The Rope Bridge is 33 meters long and 1.20 meters wide. It is suspended 15 meters above the Apurimac River.

The bridge gets its name in Quechua because of its shape. Keshwa means braid or rope and Chaka means bridge. As the bridge is made entirely of braided straw, it is called Keshwa Chaca or Qeswachaka.

The Inca Empire was enormous and to facilitate travel they built the Qhapaq Ñan or The Great Inca Trail. This extends for over 25000 miles. However, in some regions they faced geographical challenges when building suspension bridges like the one at Qeswachaka.

The Qeswachaka Inca Bridge is the last bridge built by the Incas. It is well preserved by the locals. Every year in June, people from the four neighboring communities come together to remove the existing bridge and put in a new one. This event takes place year after year and is passed from generation to generation.

This is a popular event recognized by the BBC and NOVA.

Why AdventureInPeru?

AdventureInPeru is a local tour operating company in Cusco, Peru. We offer the Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge Tour both privately and in small groups.

Please take a moment to check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

ALTITUDE: Min: 3350m/10990 ft.. Max: 3700m/12139 ft.
DURATION: 1 full day
SIZE: Up to 12 people
HIGH SEASON: May to September.

 

what's it like

Itinerary

Inclusions

What to Bring?

  • Walking boots.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
  • Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries.

Pricing

  • 02 Hikers 120 USD per person
  • 03 Hikers 105 USD per person
  • 04 Hikers 90 USD per person
  • 05 Hikers 75 USD per person
  • 06 Hikers + 65 USD per person

Book Now

Thank you for taking an interest in booking with Adventure In Peru, please take a short time to fill out the form, and then one of our travel consultants will get back to you with all the necessary information.

PERSONAL DETAILS
TRIP DETAILS

FAQs

Can I do the Qeswachaka Inca bridge tour from Cusco?

Yes, the tour starts from Cusco and finishes in Cusco.

How long do I have to hike to get to the Inca bridge?

there is not much Hike you will hike down the stairs to get to the bridge for 10 minutes and 15 minutes upstairs that is the only time that you are going to hike in this day tour

 

Travel Guide

How to get to Qeswachaca from Cusco

Cusco without a doubt surprised us with new places to explore this incredible last Inca suspension bridge or rope bridge called by the locals Q’eswachaka it is one of the best Inca engineers that can visit in a day tour from Cusco.

Q’eswachaka Inca bridge was built during the Inca time this is the last Inca bridge that you can enjoy and understand how the Incas used to build their bridges just using the natural highland grass called (hichu).

the last Inca bridge Queswachaca
the last Inca bridge Queswachaca

Where is the Q’eswachaka Inca bridge located?

It is located in the district of Q’ewe province of Canas over the Apurimac River.

How to get to Q’eswachaka by myself

If you want to get by yourself to this marvelous place you have to take local transportation for two hours more or less until Combapata here, you can find some local restaurants to have your lunch then you have to take a taxi round trip because there are no local transportations until the Q’eswachaka bridge once you arrive you have to pay 20 soles an entrance fee to the bridge there no much to hike from the bus road is only 10 minutes away to the actual place, then back to Cusco.

How to get to Q’eswachaka with a travel agency?

We pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am in our private van in Cusco we will drive to the southeast of Cusco city and pass different picturesque small towns until Combapata from here we will turn to the right in the direction of Q’eswachaka bridge we will drive for 1 hour more or less along the way we will see lovely lakes, the highland plateau, and agricultural areas. Once we arrive you will have plenty of time to enjoy this magnificent Inca suspension bridge your tour guide will explain everything in the place, and then we will come back the same way back to Cusco and we will drop you at your hotel.

History

The Q’eswachaka Bridge, also known as Queshuachaca or Q’eswachaka, is a unique and historic Inca suspension bridge located near Huinchiri in the Canas Province of Peru. This bridge has a remarkable history that spans over five centuries:

1. Inca Origins: The construction of the Q’eswachaka Bridge dates back to the time of the Inca Empire, which flourished in South America during the 15th and 16th centuries. The bridge was an integral part of the extensive network of roads and bridges built by the Incas, including the famous Inca Trail.

2. Inca bridge or Grass Rope Construction: The Q’eswachaka Bridge is distinctive for being entirely constructed from natural materials, primarily ichu grass. Local communities painstakingly weave and braid these grasses into massive ropes, which are used to create the bridge. The bridge itself consists of four ropes, and these ropes are woven together to form a secure pathway.

3. Annual Renewal: What sets Q’eswachaka apart is the annual renewal tradition. Each year, typically in June, local Quechua communities come together to rebuild the bridge. This renewal process involves the dismantling of the old bridge, as it is considered unsafe after a year of use, and the weaving of a new one. The process is a collective effort, with villagers from different communities working on either side of the Apurímac River to reconnect their communities.

4. Cultural Celebration: The renewal of the Q’eswachaka Bridge is a significant cultural event. During this time, communities engage in traditional ceremonies, music, dance, and feasting. It is a celebration of Inca heritage and engineering skills, passed down through generations.

5. Unique Heritage: Q’eswachaka stands as one of the last vestiges of Inca engineering and craftsmanship. It is a living testament to the skills and traditions of the Inca people, as well as the continued connection of the local Quechua communities to their heritage.

6. Tourist Attraction: In recent years, Q’eswachaka has become a tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world who come to witness the annual bridge renewal and participate in the cultural festivities. It provides tourists with a rare opportunity to experience a living Inca tradition.

¿What can I see in the Q’eswachaka Inca bridge?

If you are the one that loves nature and being out of crowds this is perfect, the views will be spectacular, especially after Combapata town where you can appreciate the agricultural areas and all the natural products that are growing, we will have one amazing lake is part of the four lakes you can see also birds on the lake and the straw that grows in this area that the Incas used for the roof of the house and to build their incredible hanging bridges.

As you get closer to Q’eswachaka Inca bridge you will see the amazing valley and the Apurimac River running through that gives a breathtaking view!

Once you get off the bus you have to walk for 5 minutes only to get to the bridge here you will see how big and thick are the ropes and of course, if you go with a travel agency your tour guide will explain to you all about how the Incas used to do this impressive bridges and how the locals from the area do nowadays keeping the knowledge of their ancestors.

What is the attitude at Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge?

This amazing bridge is at an elevation of 3700 meters (12139.11 feet)

What is the weather like at Q’eswachaka?

The weather is exactly the same as in Cusco City we have well defined two seasons.

The dry and wet season

Our wet season is November to April is our summer but here in the Andes, it rains a lot on a sunny day and is warm to hot.

Our dry season is from May to October usually sunny days and in the morning and at night cold.

How far do I have to hike from the bus station?

The bus will drop you so close to the Bridge so you don’t have to hike much as you will walk for 10 minutes!

Is there a hotel or hostel near Q’eswachaka Bridge?

Near this beautiful rope Q’eswachaka Inca bridge, there are no hostels, you can find a place to stay in Combapata which is 01 hour more or less from Q’eswachaka bridge by car.

Where can I eat?

Combapata is the place where you can find some local restaurants where you can find breakfast, Lunch, and dinner just around the plaza.

Recommendations

    • Recommended to start early the tour

    • If you are going by yourself take your box lunch

    • If you are going in the rainy season take with you a waterproof jacket or plastic poncho

    • In the dry season sun hut and sunblock

    • A good camera to take incredible pictures

Recommend going with a local travel agency if you need further information do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] we will be more than happy to help organize your tour of this incredible Q’eswachaka bridge

or

Book Now

Before booking, kindly confirm availability by writing to us or engaging in a chat. Thank you!

Pay a deposit of $ 50.00 per person

Why Adventure in Peru?

Embarking on a journey with Adventure in Peru offers an enriching and authentic experience, highlighting our commitment to excellence, local collaboration, and sustainable tourism. Here’s why you should travel with us:

Local Empowerment and Sustainable Practices

We prioritize ethical tourism, working closely with local communities by utilizing their transportation, accommodations, and cuisine, fostering sustainable development within Peru's tourism sector.

Tailored and Expert Service

Our commitment to providing personalized service is unmatched. With local travel professionals dedicated to ensuring your trip is unforgettable, we specialize in private tours across Peru’s diverse landscapes—ensuring a unique, immersive experience.

Authentic Experiences with Local Expertise

Based in Cusco and 100% Peruvian, our deep-rooted expertise enriches your journey. From the Short Inca Trail to hidden cultural gems, we offer authentic encounters with Peru's heritage, facilitated by expert guides and master chefs renowned in the region.

Ethical and Transparent Operations

We set high standards in treating our team fairly, providing proper wages, equipment, and health insurance. Our transparency with costs and operations means no hidden fees or surprises, ensuring a trustful relationship from the start.

Focus on Small Groups for Personalized Services

Our dedication to small group tours guarantees personalized attention, allowing for a deeper connection with Peru’s culture and natural beauty. This approach ensures an intimate and comprehensive travel experience.

Commitment to Sustainability and Social Responsibility

As a sustainable and eco-friendly tour company, we are deeply committed to preserving the environment and contributing to social projects that improve living conditions for the children of Peru, making every adventure with us a step towards positive impact.

Join the thousands of satisfied customers who rate us #1 on TripAdvisor

Related Tours

Humantay Lake full day tour

Potato Park Peru

Machu Picchu Sunset Tour