RURAL COMMUNITY TOURISM AND LOCAL HOUSEHOLD PROJECT – Q’ESWACHAKA
Andean Cultures develops this touristic activity in rural areas in the communities surrounding the Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaka and is based on the participation of local people in order to benefit the community.
Rural Community tourism is framed within the UN-2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals – 2016 (SDGs), which include:
End poverty in all its forms.
Guarantee a healthy life and promote well-being for everyone at all ages.
Guarantee an inclusive, equitable and quality education; promoting lifelong learning opportunities for the population.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work.
Develop sustainable, reliable and quality infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being.
ACTIVITIES WITH FAMILIES
The patronage of Machupicchu has encouraged this activity in the communities involved with the celebration of the Inca bridge of Q’eswachaka, having since 2015 the accommodation services at the inhabitant’s home.
CELEBRATION OF THE INCA BRIDGE OF Q’ESWACHAKA
“The Spaniards, upon their arrival in the Tawantinsuyo territory, were amazed and surprised to find themselves in front of a vast network of Inca roads and within them the quality and variety of the bridges. Suspension bridges made of vegetable fiber or straw deserved special mention, which caused not only admiration but also a well-deserved recognition of the technology used. This admiration caused that throughout history various chroniclers and travelers enthusiastically describe the Inca work of hanging straw bridges. The admirable thing is that the tradition has been maintained until the present, this ancient technology together with its rituals and the community work system, make it possible for us to observe after more than 500 years the validity of the immaterial culture of the Incas”. The Inca bridge is located in the peasant community of Huinchiri, in the district of Quehue, province of Canas, Cusco Region.
The festival of the relaunch of the Q’eswachaka bridge takes place every year in the month of June. It lasts three days of hard work and concludes on the fourth day with a beautiful festival of indigenous dances by the inhabitants of the four communities. The renovation of Q’eswachaka involves physically replacing the structure, reassessing and demonstrating that there are still many traditions, techniques and ceremonies that have survived over the years. Everything shows that our culture is still alive.