Queswachaca is a rope bridge made with Inca techniques and knowledge which has been transmitted from generation to generation until today for approximately 600 years. The Queswachaca bridge is over the waters of the Apurimac River and belongs to the Qapaqñan road network.
The Queswachaca suspension bridge is known as the last Inca bridge and is located in the region of Cusco, Canas province and Qhuehue district.
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Why the Queswachaca Inca Bridge is important
The Inca bridge of Queswachaca is important as it maintains the ancestral customs of our Inca ancestors and is the last Inca bridge today, every second Sunday of June the Queswachaca Inca bridge is renewed by carrying out 3 days of celebrations which we will detail more in depth paragraphs below.
The bridge is 28 meters long and 1.20 meters wide, the inhabitants of the communities of Chaupibanda, Huinchiri, Choccayhua and Qollana Qehue and its annexes Ccomayo, Perccaro, Chirupampa among others. They build the bridge following the tradition of the Inca Pachacutec, about 800 community members from the aforementioned communities are responsible for the construction of the bridge.
Process for the construction of the Queswachaca bridge
1st day: The first day begins with the celebration of “apu Quinsallallawi”, this ceremony takes place during the dawn, during the celebration of the gathering or gathering of ichu which is braided by the women of the communities and the Work that is being done is supervised by the “chakaruwak” or tissue specialist.
2nd day: The Inca bridge is dismantled via Queswachaca, thus removing the nails of stones that support the bridge, then put the four ropes that is the main support of the bridge.
3rd day: On the third day the laying and braiding is done with the culmination of the traffic zone (Bridge floors) and the handrails of both left and right sides.
4th: day: After the hard work, the culmination of the Queswachaca bridge is celebrated with food and typical dances.