The Q´eswachaka Bridge Festival

The Q´eswachaka Bridge Festival

The famous bridge of Q´eswachaka is located across the Apurimac River in Southern Peru and it was built to allow Incas to pass from one side to the other of the Qhapaq Nan road system. During the Inca times there would have been laborers employed just for the daily maintenance of the bridge. They would have also been responsible for defending against invaders and monitoring who passed the bridge. Whenever Pizzaro, the Spanish conquistador, started heading for Cuzco, this bridge was destroyed in attempt to detain him. However, many years later the bridge was reconstructed and continues to be kept in good condition with this significant festival each year. The word “Q’eswachaka” actually consists of two Quechua words – Quechua is the original native language of the Incas, still spoken by many people in Peru: “Q’eswa” which means “to braid” and “Chaka” means “Bridge”.
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Funny facts about the Incas of Peru

Funny facts about the Incas of Peru

Peru is a country rich with an incredible fascinating history. Especially the Inca culture captures the imagination and attention of people from all over the world and many people travel from far and wide to explore the countless ruins of the ancient Inca empire in Peru and to the city of Cusco, the old capital of this Inca Empire. Peruvian people and above all the people in Cusco are very proud of their ancestors. If you decided to study Spanish in Peru, this is a unique opportunity to learn many interesting facts about the Peruvian history from your Spanish teachers in Peru. But if you’re only visiting Peru and traveling around, the tour guides in Cusco will be more than happy to tell you about Inca history.
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