Great Big Story (GBS) —the distributed video network operating under the stewardship of CNN— has developed and produced four stories about Peru. One of them involves a unique centuries-old Incan tradition that continues to this day – the renovation of the Q’eswachaka Bridge.

Every year, in a hidden corner of the Peruvian Andes, about 3 hours drive from the city of Cusco, four Quechua communities come together to renew a bridge that is over five centuries old. During the second week of June, hundreds of locals gather to hand build a new 124-foot-long rope bridge over the Apurímac River. Using only natural fibers and no small measure of dedication and teamwork, the community members tear down the previous year’s bridge and constructs a new one in an epic three-day feat. Master builders Eleuterio Callo Tapia and Victoriano Arizapana take you through the process and invited you to the ensuing celebration.

This Great Big Story was made in partnership with PromPeru


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