We have an early start, departing Cusco at 5:30 am via private transport.
After a 3 hour journey we will arrive at the trailhead from which there will be a gentle 45 minute trek to the Queswachaka (Q’eswachaca) Bridge.
Sustaining ancient traditions over centuries is no small feat, but it is managed spectacularly by local Quechue communities in the Cusco region. Four Quechue communities unite themselves every year in order to rebuild the bridge completely from scratch. The secrets of this design and construction process are handed down from generation to generation and their aim is to maintain exactly the same style and materials that were used more than 500 years ago by Inca engineers.
Thanks to this tradition and the strong will of the 1,000 people who participate in the bridge´s annual reconstruction, we can step away from the history books and enjoy an interactive experience of Inca culture. Come and experience Inca engineering at work in the 21st century and take a walk across the Queswachaka (Q’eswachaca) Bridge!
After returning to our transport (45 minutes walking) we will drive a further 2 hours to reach Tinajani Canyon home to the forest of Puya Raymondii.
Puya Raimondii is the largest plant of the bromeliad species, reaching up to several meters in height. It grows exclusively at altitudes of 3200 m (10500 ft) to 4800 m (15750 ft) above sea level, and is only found in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. In a time when our planet is at such risk of deforestation, global warming and environmental damage, it is truly awesome to behold such rare and beautiful plants in their natural habitat! Known as the Queen of the Andes, they live up to their regal title!
To reach these magnificant trees we will enjoy a short trek through the Tinajani Canyon, during which we will pass along the Qhapaq Nañ trails, from which we will have fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes!
Our private transport will be waiting to meet us at 5pm.
At 9 pm we will arrive back in Cusco, leaving you time to enjoy the city´s famous nightlife and food scene!