The Q’eswachaka Bridge is located over the Apurimac River about 11,811 feet above sea level in the province of Canas about 160km South of Cusco.
“Q’eswachaka” is a native name formed by two Quechua words: “Q’eswa” which means “to braid” and “Chaka” which means “Bridge”. This bridge is very special because it is built in the original Inca manner made from a special woven grass (q’oya). The material and construction techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since the Incas time since the first bridge was built in the 15th century. This impressive bridge spans 33 meters in length and 1.20 meters wide and swings 15 meters above the river. It’s rebuilt every year as a communal effort. About 1000 peasants from the communities of Winchiri, Ccolana, Quehue, Chaupibanda and Choccayhua are involved in the construction of this unique Inca hanging bridge. During this trip you will also visit four famous lakes near Cusco and pass by typical villages and different typical villages such as Piñipampa, where we can appreciate an artisan tails factory and a farm fish.
We run full day trips to the bridge all year round, as well as an extended 2 day trip on the 11th – 12th June 2011 when the bridge is ceremoniously rebuilt by local tribes.
Early pick you up from your hotel and then begin the journey to the communities of the highlands as Pomacanchi, lies 107 km south of Cusco, in this place we will visit and beautiful views of the lagoon and other gaps found about 5 km. Acopia Lagoon, Asnacqoccha and Pampamarca. Also fish and practice some sports, there is enough flora and fauna along with beautiful scenery and full of beauty Andean, after the brief visit we will continue the journey to the famous Inca bridge Qeswachaca (3,700 meters above sea level) our ancestors have constructed and currently used and is still used and building once a year. We’ll have a nice lunch. In the afternoon enjoy the beautiful scenery of their surroundings, dinner and overnight camping.
After having a delicious breakfast in the morning, start our journey into the fifth Languilayo lagoon, is situated at an altitude of 3,969 meters, covering the territories of the peoples of Langui and Layo. Around the lake there is little vegetation, is in some areas and scattered shrubs and reeds. Its dimensions area Maximum effective length 16 km, M. 5k maximum width of surface area of 58.137 km 2, a maximum depth of 232 meters. Then we will have lunch before or after visiting the thermal baths can term medicinal of La Raya (must bring your swimsuit). In the afternoon return to Cusco.
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