A Bridge Made Of Grass?

July 1, 2021

The Q’eswachaka Bridge:

A bridge made of woven grass is one of the few remaining relics of the Inca road system. The Q’eswachaka bridge hangs sixty feet above ground and is around 120 feet long. The bridge is handwoven into tight rope braids that are further braided into larger, stronger cables. The bridge was made five hundred years ago, and it connected two communities divided by the Apurimac River.

The Q’eswachaka Bridge
Aga Khan (IT), CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

What’s Happening Now:

Well, the bridge was in a dismal state of disrepair, which became worse during the 2020 pandemic and made the bridge unusable. Old bridges are often replaced with newer ones that are built to modern standards, but this bridge will be rebuilt using the traditional braiding technique that was used the first time. Local teams recently started to work at either end of the bridge, weaving their way towards the center!