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Qeswachaka Bridge And 4 Lagoons Tour

The last Inca hanging bridge known as Queswachaca, in the province of Canas, almost five centuries old, was reconstructed by members of the ancestral communities of Cusco based on large ropes made of straw that grows in the puna. The community is over 3720 meters high, and the bridge passes over the Apurimac River.

Style Trip
Classic Tour
Places to Visit
The 04 lakes: Pomacanchis, Acopia, Mosoqllaqta and Pampamarca
Tour Length
Daily Departures
Group Size
2 Persons to more
Physical Grade

This tour is unique! The impressive Q’eswachaka Bridge is located over the Apurimac River approximately 3700 meters above sea level in the province of Canas, about 160 kilometers 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 way made of a special type of straw (q’oya). Construction materials and techniques have been passed down from generation to generation since the time of the Incas, since the first bridge was built in the 15th century. Therefore, the Q’eswachaka Bridge Tour is a very special experience.

The impressive bridge is 33 meters long and 1.20 meters wide and swings 15 meters above the river. It is rebuilt every year, relying on communal work. Around 1000 farmers from the communities of Winchiri, Ccolana, Quehue, Chaupibanda and Choccayhua are involved in the construction of this unique hanging bridge of Inca origin.

The Qeswachaka Bridge Tour is a unique possibility of these immersed in the local Peruvian culture. During this trip we also visit four famous lagoons near Cusco and pass through different typical villages such as Piñipampa, where we can appreciate a craft factory and a fish farm.

Annual Reconstruction

It takes place 3 days before the second Sunday of June and the 4th day concludes with a folkloric festival, where we can share with the community their traditions, customs and their feast.

Full Itinerary

Full Day Tour

This tour takes us to see the Southern Highlands of Cusco with many potato fields and trout farms. On the route we will observe the daily life of peasants in the Andes of Cusco, their agricultural, calm and quiet life, its winding roads and highland lakes dotted with wild ducks. This tour conducted in 2 stages, the first one started in the village of Combapata located 108 km south of Cusco to 3,470 m.a.s.l. where a climb up challenges us to reach the top to get magnificent views of the valley, after traveling about 7 miles away, found the road to the town of Yanaoca, a decrease of 18 km road with moderate slope ground through 4 beautiful lakes to reach the largest Pomacanchi, where we will enjoy the traditional baked trout. After lunch we continue along a dirty road for approx. 1:30 min. To reach the Apurimac River canyon at an altitude approx. Of 4.000 m.s.n.m. where we will see the foundations of Inca bridge and a bridge that is made each year by people from both sides communities.

Available from April to November.

What is included in this program:

  • Private Transportation Cusco – Queswachaca – Cusco
  • Professional English/Spanish Guide
  • Lunch box
  • Entrance ticket

What to bring:

  • A comfortable backpack
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long pants and short
  • T-shirt
  • Warm jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or cap
  • Waterproof Poncho
  • Canteen

This tour is available throughout the year and can be organized any day of the week.

Duration: approximately 9 hours.

Recomendations and packaging list

  • Pants and shorts
  • Long-sleeved shirts and short
  • Warm Sweater and jacket
  • A comfortable backpack for the day
  • Sun block
  • Cap or Hat,
  • Waterproof poncho

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