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Inaugurating the Last Inca Bridge
Submitted: Jul 28, '09
Great Travel Moment
While visiting Peru, I was fortunate to witness the rebuilding of the last remaining Inca rope bridge, the Keshwa Chaca. Reconstructed annually over the Apurimac River near Huinchiri, Peru, the bridge is a tangible link to the community's ancient Inca past. While the women hand-weave short stiff strands of qolla grass into strong rope, the men construct the bridge in the valley below. For three days, hundreds from surrounding communities work together to complete this project. Here, upon completion, the local dignitaries make the first crossing. I continue to appreciate the opportunity I had to witness such a unique cultural event, which demonstrates the importance of historical traditions, and how they are interwoven and continue to play an important role in modern Peruvian life. This image and the experience itself remind me of the rewards of venturing off the beaten path, even considering the difficulties and uncertainties.