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Inca Rope Bridge, the grass bridge


Inca Rope Bridge, the grass bridge

Jefna Jos June 25, 2019

Imagine you are walking in a suspension bridge. Apurimac River is flowing at down with huge rocks in it. And both the end of the bridge is high Peruvian Andes. In between, you know what is the most amazing factor in it? This is Inca Rope Bridge, the grass bridge.

The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. And the Inca civilization began from 13 century from the Peruvian highlands. It was the Inca Empire to build this bridge.

For Inca, as part of their road transportation, bridges are having a great part and it is a part of their innovation and engineering. Bridges of this type are useful not to use wheel transport. Because, traffic was limited to these people.

Grass Bridge construction

Their community gathers to make the bridge is every Spring. The group of villagers will work together from each side of the river and they will run the massive cord of ropes that is a hundred feet long and thick as a human’s thigh, across the bridge. And then they will tight the bridge from both sides. The celebration, prayer and three days of work, the new bridge will be interlinked.

Grass bridge
Inca Rope grass bridge 

For over a hundred years this was their only way to connect people and communities in each side. The road links a huge territory and called the Great Inca Road. It stretches to 25000 miles connecting separate territories, isolated communities, messengers, soldiers and citizen to the empire.

This particular transportation network is the way to organize the world after the time of chaos. Although a metal bridge is made in that region most of the people are using the grass bridge on foot for a social visit and for trade. 

Repairing the bridge is a very dangerous task where we may have to face death. But in each year, the eldest one of every family will take part in this celebration to bring this custom to his generations. 

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