Far from the most cosmopolitan city of Cusco, is the peaceful district of Checacupe (Canchis) which, according to its inhabitants, retains three bridges where time has stopped, for a perfect trip to Inca, colonial and republican Peru.
The fact that the locality has these three touristic jewels which are open to the public and don’t even charge an entrance fee is something special!
The monumental bridge was built between 1400 and 1448 by order of the Inca Wiracocha as part of the Qhapaq Ñan road network, a royal road that connected the Inca Empire. The Inca foundation is original, but not the hanging bridge that is renewed from time to time. However, the curious thing is not this platform but the history of that Inca whose real name was Hatun Túpac but who later changed it after assuring that he had a divine dream with the god Wiracocha.
The second bridge is a robust colonial bridge. It is said to have been built by order of King Charles III of Spain between 1759 and 1788. They also claim that those who wanted to use the platform to cross from one side to the other had to pay the taxes established by the Spanish crown and the Checacupe chapter.
If walking over its structure, you will notice that its stone base was carved and joined with lime, with a perfect cohesion in the style of the Roman arch.
The last bridge is made of rail iron and is still the main threshold for those travelers who arrive on wheels to this part of Cusco.
It is a republican bridge erected during the 19th century and was used for the steamtrains passing by in the area.
In the district of Checacupe there is a monumental church from the colonial period considered one of the most beautiful in the region. It has in its interior the image of the most ancient immaculate Conception of Cusco and (possibly) of America.
How to get there?
The best option to get to the town of Checacupe, and enjoy its attractions, is to purchase one of our tourist packages since there is no way to get there directly from Cusco. The church can, upon request, be visited in combination with our Palccoyo or Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain tour.