Remembering our Past: The Q’eswachaka Bridge Building Festival.

An article written for the Karikuy Blog, a resource for Peruvian news, culture and travel.

I was lucky enough to attend the first day of the annual Q'eswachaka Bridge building festival.  The Q'eswachaka Bridge is located over 100 kms from Cusco and crosses the Apurimac Canyon.  It is the last remaining hand woven Inca bridge in Peru, made entirely of long blades of grass and traditional materials.  

The festival lasts for four days each June when the neighbouring communities join together to celebrate and honour their Inca ancestors.  This photo essay focuses on the local people involved on that first day, which involves preparing the ropes for the new bridge.  It was a fascinating day and the local people were extremely friendly and very colourful.  Next year I hope to return and document the entire four days of the festival.  

Full article found here.

Local women at the Q’eswachaka Bridge Building Festival, Peru by Geraint Rowland Photography