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

 

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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.

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The festival lasts for four days each June when the neighboring communities join together to celebrate and honor 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 colorful.  Next year I hope to return and document the entire four days of the festival.

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 Gerain Rowland is a Photographer traveling through Peru.

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