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Inca woman crossing the Q'eswachaka rope bridge. Source: Danita Delimont / Adobe Stock.

Preserving the World’s Last Inca Rope Bridge (Video)


Every year in June, Peruvian communities nestled within the Cusco region, once the capital of the mighty Inca Empire, come together in a remarkable display of cultural preservation and unity. Their mission is to safeguard the world's last remaining Inca rope bridge, the Q'eswachaka, which stands as a living testament to the ancient Inca knowledge and engineering prowess. Crafted entirely from q'oya plants, the Q'eswachaka bridge is a marvel of traditional Inca engineering, dating back centuries. With meticulous precision, the local communities engage in a collective effort to create sturdy ropes using age-old techniques passed down through generations. These ropes, when woven together, form the strong cables that hold the bridge aloft.

The annual renovation of the bridge is not merely a practical exercise but a profound cultural event. It symbolizes the continuation of a legacy and reflects the resilience of the Peruvian people in preserving their heritage. The communities' unwavering commitment to this practice fosters a strong sense of identity and pride, reinforcing their bond with their ancestors and their land. The Q'eswachaka bridge stands not just as a physical link between two points but as an enduring connection between the past and the present, reminding us of the importance of preserving our shared human history.

Top image: Inca woman crossing the Q'eswachaka rope bridge. Source: Danita Delimont / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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