There are bridges, and then there are structures of art like the Q’eswachaka Bridge that absolutely blow your mind.
The Q’eswachaka Bridge in Peru has been rebuilt in the same manner every year, using traditional Inca engineering methods. Since the time of the Inca, the local residents take down the current bridge and rebuild a new one…by hand.
How long does it take these incredibly skilled artisans to rebuild a woven bridge? In only three days, the Q’eswachaka Bridge is completely restored anew.
Perhaps it’s because the entire community is participating in the event.
Local grass is used to create the extremely resilient and sturdy ropes, and every single member of the community on either side of the canyon contribute to the effort in some way. Whether it is gathering the grass, twisting the cords, braiding the rope, or pulling the support structure together- everyone has a role to play.
Victoriano Arizipana is the architect of the bridge. Through hundreds of years, his family has passed down the secret and responsibility of maintaining Q’eswachaka.
“The work my father gave me to do, I started doing when I was 12 years old. I love that bridge Q’eswachaka very much.”
And it shows.
Watch the video below and check out how this incredible bridge is made, and how the community joins together to create something so magnificent.