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Keshwa Chaca Bridge, Peru

From series “The Most Dangerous Bridges in the World”
Lenght: 36 meters.

Dangerous rope bridges have also survived on the planet. One of them is located in Peru. Many travelers know Keshwa Chaca Bridge as the Inca Rope Bridge. The very first such bridges began to appear during the Inca Empire. The secret of longevity and durability of bridges is very simple - they were constructed using durable vines and twigs, which were weaved into tight ropes. Hundreds of years ago, the Incas have built solid bridges with railings; constructions have been carefully tended and repaired. In the village there could be several bridges crossing deep gorges; the status of each bridge was monitored by specially appointed people.

So far in Peru only one rope bridge has remained. Its length is about 36 meters; it is situated at an altitude of 67 meters above the Apurimac River. Locals continue using the bridge actively; every year in June, they carefully repair the bridge. It became a usual deal for locals to cross the gorge, while for tourists it is literally deadly. You have to move on the rope bridge very careful to avoid being shaken. Thick ropes of vines replacing railings serve for moral rather than for actual support. If balance is lost, it isn’t easy to hold on the bridge. However, annual repairs are caused not by depressing condition of the bridge; they have become a good tradition and unique tribute to ancestors. Next - Royal Gorge Bridge

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