Keshwa Chaca Bridge, Peru
Image: Rutahsa Adventures, Wikimedia Commons
Keshwa Chaca is a bridge that enables travellers to cross the Apurimac River, close to Huinchiri, a remote spot in Peru. It hangs 100 feet in the air and is almost 148 feet across. It sags in places and doesn’t look the most stable. Oh, and it’s made from grass.
Handwoven bridges have been part of the trail and roadway system for over 500 years, and were held in very high regard by the Inca. The punishment for tampering with such a bridge was death.
Grass bridges have been common in these parts since ancient times and, although these days they’re few and far between, Keshwa Chaca endures, staying a last testament to Inca engineering. The bridge is rebuilt each June, making the summer months (when the bridge is, in theory, at its strongest) the best time to tackle it. For those unable to stomach a crossing, there’s a modern steel bridge that runs alongside.