The last Inca rope bridge
Peru is synonymous with the Incas, without doubt the best known of the empires that existed in South America. The last surviving Inca rope suspension bridge can be found at Qeswachaca in the Cusco region, where it crosses the Apurimac River. In a unique event that is a throwback to Inca times, villagers of the region rebuild the bridge every year by hand, starting by weaving new grass ropes. In Inca times maintaining the roads and bridges that connected the empire was part of a labour tax (or mita) that all communities had to perform as service to the Inca. This gallery contains a small selection of images from a photodocumentary recording the rebuilding process.
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