Hello bloggers, today I going to talk about the last Inca Bridge in Cuzco, Peru. Each June, in the Peruvian Andes, 4 Quechua communities renew the Q’eswachaka (Inka Bridge) a living vestige of five centuries of antiquity. Read more on our blog.
The festival of re-launching the bridge, which takes place in June, consists of three days of hard work and concludes the fourth day, with a beautiful festival of native dances as a party. The continuity of this tradition will fall on twenty young people from the four communities in the district. They will learn the techniques that will enable them to maintain the Q’eswachaca suspension bridge. An ancestral commitment that demonstrates the roots of the Inca legacy in the heart of the inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes in Cusco.
This marvel of Incan engineering has a length of 28 m and is suspend 51 meters on the Apurímac River in Cuzco, Peru. It is known for sure that it is more than 500 years old and was part of the vast network of Inca trails (Qhapac NAN) that lead to the Inca city of MachuPicchu. The construction of bridges with resources and technologies available at the time. They are an important aspect of this network; among these stand out suspended bridges of straw “vegetal fiber”, abundant in the area.
The only thing more surprising than the bridge itself is the incredible tradition that kept it alive through the centuries and despite the modernity. The cooperative work of communities in the region, making use of their living ancestral culture, year after year, the techniques used by the Incas to weave this bridge over the Apurimac River, this wonderful 4-day event is like a paradox in time and shows the authenticity of Inka culture. Physically renewing the Inca rope bridge involves replacing its structure completely, but culturally, it is re-evaluating and demonstrating traditions inherited by the Inca culture, which survive through the centuries in Peru.
About ten meters above the river in Cuzco, Peru, on the two stone pillars, the men tie one end and the other the throat the first six thick ropes that will form the skeleton of the bridge. Four of them are the dies and serve as support, and two others, lateral, constitute the grids. The annual renovation of the only existing Inca Bridge in Peru is a unique event on the planet. For this reason, UNESCO declared this ancient tradition as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In a remote area of the province of Canas, in the department of Cusco, exactly in the district of Q’ewe, 3,800 meters above the sea, is the Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaca.