Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge, Peru
Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge is handwoven from grass and stretches out across the awe-inspiring Apurimac Canyon in deepest Peru. This is a traditional Incan bridge, once common in these parts, but few remain these days having decayed and disappeared from the landscape, a fact that does little to ease the nerves of those considering a crossing.
Q’eswachaka spans 188 feet over the sprawling canyon, whilst 60 feet below, the Apurimac River rushes along. Still thinking about heading across? You’d be wise to avoid looking down. Handwoven bridges such as this have existed in these parts for more than 500 years and the locals here don’t see what the fuss is all about.
For those unable to stomach it, there are more modern and robust crossing points not too far from here and if you do decide not to risk it, no-one will judge you.