Bridge of the Americas (Puente de las Americas) Tours and Tickets
The Bridge of the Americas (Puente de lasAmericas)****spans the Panama Canal, which is perhaps the most important public works project in history. Made of steel and reinforced concrete, the bridge is 5,425 feet long, and at high tide, the clearance is 201 feet, under which ships crossing the canal must pass.
Twenty million U.S. dollars went into building the four-lane bridge, which replaced smaller ones and greatly increased road travel and capacity over the canal. It was inaugurated on Oct. 12, 1962, and allows the passage of cars, bikes and pedestrians.
The Bridge of the Americas was originally called the Thatcher Ferry Bridge, named after the ferry that used to operate on the canal before the span was built. Panama aptly renamed the bridge, since it not only connects the capital with the rest of Panama, but also unites Central and South America.
The bridge is not just useful, it’s beautiful. Seen from different angles, whether on a sunny or cloudy day, at sunset or when it is brightly lit at night, the Bridge of the Americas is a piece of world history worth the effort to see.
Tours and Tickets to Experience Bridge of the Americas (Puente de las Americas)
- Ancon Hill (Cerro Ancon)
- Fuerte Amador Cruise Port
- Casco Viejo
- Panama Interoceanic Canal Museum (Museo del Canal Interoceánico)
- Presidential Palace (Palacio de las Garzas)
- Afro-Antillean Museum of Panama (Museo Afro-Antillano de Panama)
- Metropolitan Cathedral
- Punta Culebra Nature Center
- Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador)
- Metropolitan National Park (Parque Natural Metropolitano)
- Panama Canal
- Miraflores Locks
- San Jose Church (Iglesia San Jose)
- Panamá Viejo (Old Panama Ruins)