Inca rope bridge

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Inca rope bridges were simple suspension bridges over canyons and gorges to provide access for the Inca Empire. Bridges of this type were suitable for use since the Inca people did not use wheeled transport - traffic was limited to pedestrians and livestock. These bridges were an important part on the Inca road system and are an excellent example of Inca innovation in engineering. They were frequently used by runners delivering messages throughout the Incan empire.

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  • Incas: Lords of Gold and Glory, 1992, Virginia: Time-Life Books.
  • Finch, Ric, 2002, Keshwa Chaca: Straw Bridge of the Incas: Ithaca, N.Y., South American Explorer, n. 69, fall/winter 2002, p. 6-13. Copies of this issue may still be available for purchase from the South American Explorer.
  • Gade, D.W., 1972, Bridge types in the central Andes: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, v. 62 (1), p. 94-109. [Shows the bridge at Huinchiri and predicts the art of building it will be lost within another generation; fortunately, this prediction has proven untrue, and ethnic/adventure tourism may help save this bridge for posterity.]
  • Hurtado, Ursula, (pub. date unknown), Q'eshwachaka: El Puente Dorado: Credibank (magazine published by Credibank in Peru), p. 22-23. Describes the documentary movie directed by Jorge Carmona. For more information on the documentary movie, contact llactaNØ•SPAMmanta@hotmail.com (remove NØ•SPAM to decode address)
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