|Name in local language:||Q'ichwa chaka|
|Other name(s):||Keshwa Chaca, Q'iswa Chaca, Keswachaka, Q'eshwachaka, Qeswachaka, Q'eswachaca, Q'eswachaka, Queshuachaca, Queswachaka|
Simple (primitive) suspension bridge
|Function / usage:||
Pedestrian bridge (footbridge)
Natural fiber bridge
Livitaca, Chumbivilcas, Cusco, Peru
Huinchiri, Quehue, Canas, Cusco, Peru
|Coordinates:||14° 22' 52.74" S 71° 29' 2.51" W|
Queshuachaca is a primitive bridge built of ropes made from ichu grass that spans the Apurimac River near Huinchiri in the Quehue district and is considered the last remaining Inca rope bridge. Even after the construction of a modern road bridge nearby the residents of the nearby village still rebuild the bridge every year as they have done for around 500 years. In June, around 700 people come together for the annual event of weaving the grass into ropes, which is done by the women, and then rebuilding the bridge from the freshly made ropes, which is done by the men. Once the bridge is finished, it is blessed by priests in a tradtitional ceremony and then a big feast is celebrated.
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- Braided rope with vegetable fibers for the construction of the Inca bridge of Q’eswachaka (Peru). Presented at: 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018), July 9-13, 2018, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 977-981. (2018):
- Engineering Analysis for Construction History. Opportunities and Perils. Presented at: Second International Congress on Construction History, Queens' College, Cambridge University; 29/03-02/04/2006, pp. 89-107. (2006):
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