The civil engineer and cultural heritage manager Carmen Arróspide describes what it feels like to walk on it saying that it is like being suspended in the air. Unesco also describes it as an example of the continuity of an existing cultural tradition since pre-Hispanic times.
Every June a ritual takes place where all of the families of the region participate in the act of re-weaving the bridge. It is the only Inca bridge so far that has survived modernity.
“Each year they change it according to tradition,” Felipe Cerdán, of the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation of Peru (Concytec) told BBC Mundo.
It is a process that lasts three days and concludes with a festival with native dances by the inhabitants of four communities: Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Qollana Quehue and Chocayhua.
The Q’eswachaka was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in December 2013. It forms part of the old road network, the huge system (Qhapaq Ñan, in Quechua) that linked the most important cities and towns of the Inca Empire, a vast territory of more than two million square kilometers.
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