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The last Inca rope bridge in the world

November 7, 2014

Handwoven rope bridges were once common in the Inca empire and were used to cross its high gorges, canyons and rivers. Inca didn’t use wheeled transport and those constructions were perfect for people and livestock. Most of the bridges decayed or have been removed, but one remained to these days – Q’eswachaka (Keshwa chaca) in Peru.

36 metres long, it hangs 68 metres above Apurimac river. Its age is unknown, but it was probably built between 13th and 15th century. People from a nearby village Huinchiri have been caring for Q’eswachaka and renewing it during an annual festival in June. And yes, it’s safe to walk on and local people still use it!

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Locals renewing the bridge. Photo: Estrella Vivanco-Stevenson

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Renewing the Q’eswachaka bridge. Photo: Estrella Vivanco-Stevenson