"The Spaniards, upon their arrival to the territory of the Tawantinsuyo, were astonished and surprised to find themselves in front of a vast network of Inca roads and within them the quality and variety of the bridges. Special mention should be made of the hanging bridges made of vegetable fiber or straw that caused not only admiration but also recognition of the technology used. This admiration made chroniclers and travelers describe with enthusiasm the Inca work of the hanging bridges of straw. The admirable thing is that the tradition has maintained this millenary technology together with its rituals and the system of community work that makes it possible for us to have the honor of witnessing it, the validity of the intangible culture of the Incas after more than 500 years. The Inca Bridge is located in the Inca Trail. The Inca Bridge is located in the rural community of Huinchiri, in the district of Quehue, province of Canas, Cusco Region.
This day begins with the offering in the middle of a ceremony in favor of the Apu (Sacred Mountain) Quinsallallawi. Meanwhile, the four communities collect in advance the main material qoya ichu. It is in this activity that the Andean woman actively participates, who is in charge of weaving the first rope or qheswa. In the afternoon, the males, divided into two groups, meet on both sides of the bridge and extend the ropes or queswas from end to end that are braided by the chakaruhac (Inca engineer) to build the qheswaska or large braid.
This day begins by untying the old ropes that are tied to stone nails, which will re-tie the new braids. Once finished, they will begin to pull the ropes from one end to the other. Twisting the ropes takes time, as does tying the wires. Finally, the four thick ropes, which serve as the base, and the two railings or handrails are placed.
This day concludes with the assembly of the handrails and the surface of the bridge, which will be used for crossing. Once finished, the bridge is opened to the rhythm of music and typical dances of the area.
The festival of the relaunching of the Q'eswachaka Bridge takes place every year in June, lasts three days of hard work and concludes on the fourth day with a beautiful festival of indigenous dances performed by the inhabitants of the four communities. Renovating Q'eswachaka involves physically replacing the superstructure, revaluing and demonstrating that there are still many traditions, techniques and ceremonies that have survived the years and shows that our culture is alive.