Full Day Tour to Qeswachaka Inca Bridge -Daily Departure
- Full Day
- group Tour
Qeswachaka Inca Bridge tour is mostly a Van tour, with various stops at points of interest before and after the visit to the Q’eswachaka Bridge.
Q’eswachaka is long rope bridge that restored every year in June by over a thousand of people from four communities. This ancient ritual was recognized in 2013 by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Crossing it is like going back in time.During the reign of the Incas, a massive network of roads, and one in particular, called Qhapaq Ñan, united every part of the Inca empire. To cross the rugged geography of the Andes, many hanging bridges made out of vegetal fibers were erected.
This complex technology has been transmitted from generation to generation in order that there is still today one remaining bridge. Indeed Q’eswachaka Inca bridge has been renovated annually for more than 600 years, connecting the past with the present. Suspended above the Apurimac River at 3,700 meters (12,139 ft) above sea level,
- Places visited on this tour: Combapata Overlook, Q’eswachaka last Inca Bridge, Pampamarca, Asnacqocha, Acopía and Pomacanchi Lagoons.
- Category: Adventure, culture, and ecology
- Duration: 1 day
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Tour Start Time: 4:30 am to 5:00 am
- Tour End Time: Approximately 4:30 pm
- Maximum Group Size: 20 people
- Seasons Available: Year-round, April through November especially recommended
- Maximum Altitude: 3,800 meters (12,467 ft)
Itinerary of the q’eswachaka bridge tour:
The tour begins with the pick-up from your accommodation between 4:30 and 4:45 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building. Once the whole group is gathered, around 5:00 am, we will start our journey in our tourist transportation.
We will then have a one and hals hours of van journey to the town of Cusipata, where we will have our Semi Buffet breakfast . After this will continue drive for 25 minutes until we will get the Combapata viewpoint, from which we will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and see where the Salcca River meets the Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas.
Then, we will continue our journey to Yanaoca, one of the eight districts in the Canas province of Cusco. From Yanaoca, we will drive for one more hour to the Q’ewe district. From there, you will have your first glimpse of the ancient bridge suspended between the steep rock cliffs, as we drive down the Apurimac canyon.
We will then leave the van and descend a steep path to a viewpoint to take photos, before carefully crossing the bridge together! Get ready for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you make your way across the suspension bridge, and try not to look too closely at the river several meters below! On the other side, the bridge attendant will greet us and give a brief demonstration of the bridge’s history and construction.
After visiting the bridge, we will drive to the region’s where the four famous lakes are: Pampamarca, Asnacqoccha, Acopia, and Pomacanchi. Set like jewels among the gold-green hills, they shine in the warm, afternoon sun as native flamingos and other birds fly and feed around their edges. We will then continue driving to Cusipata where will have our Semi buffet Lunch, after lunch, we will continue our return trip to Cusco City, arriving approximately 5:00 pm.
Take the Time to Visit This Wonderful Place
So, if you are in Cusco and you have the time, make sure you take a day from your trip to visit this marvel. It’s something that not a lot of visitors get to see and it’s such a lovely thing to see that the community still comes together to rebuild this impressive construction year after year.
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Price of the tour q’eswachaka bridge:
Price: 120.00 soles per person for a group services
We also offer Qeswachaka Tours in private service and the cost is based on your group size.
2 to 6 participants: $260 total
7 to 13 participants: $360 total
14 or more: Will be arranged and priced by your tour representative.
NOTE: We sometimes offer to combine private tours (with your permission) into smaller groups with a discount. Let us know if you would be open to others joining you.
Included in the Tour Q’eswachaka Bridge:
- Pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off near the main square by the end of the tour
- Professional, bilingual tour guide
- Tourist Transportation
- Semi Buffet Breakfast
- Semi Buffet Lunch
- First aid kit (includes emergency oxygen tank)
Not Included in the Tour Q’eswachaka Bridge:
- Tips for your tour guide and driver
- Entrance fees to cross Qeswachaka Bridge (20 soles per person for foreigners
what to bring
What to bring to the Tour Q’eswachaka Bridge:
We suggest only bringing the essential to enjoy the tour and leaving the rest in your hotel
- Small daypack
- Light, comfortable clothing
- Warm jacket
- Water (we recommend at least 1 liter)
- Rain Gear
- Cash (in small denominations of Peruvian nuevo soles)
- Personal medications
- Toilet Paper
- Snacks (granola bars, dried fruits, chocolate, etc.)
FAQs of the tour Q’eswachaka Bridge:
Can I cross the bridge?
Yes! All visitors are welcome and encouraged to cross the bridge. However, it is not recommended for visitors with vertigo.
What is the length of the Q’eswachaka Bridge?
The bridge is approximately 28 meters (99 feet) long and 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide.
Where is Q’eswachaka Bridge?
Q’eswachaka Bridge is located three hours from Cusco by van , on the edge of Apurimac canyon, in the Quehue district of Canas province.
When does the tour start and finish?
Since the location is four hours away, we will have an early start at 4:30 a.m. The tour finishes at 5:00 p.m.
Are lunch and breakfast included?
Yes, we will have a Semi Buffet breakfast and Semi Buffet Lunch in the town of Cusipata.
Is there a toilet on the Van?
No, however we can stop for toilet breaks. We although recommend that you bring paper toilet and a little bit of money for the toilet stops.
What is the maximum altitude?
The maximum altitude we will reach is 3,800m/12,468ft.
What will I do if I suffer from altitude sickness?
We will treat you accordingly. We carry oxygen cylinders and altitude tablets.
Should I tip the guides? How much is appropriate?
A tip is customary, but the amount is at your discretion. Whatever you feel is appropriate based on the service you have received is fine; please remember to always be courteous and respectful with our guides.