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 BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS

Puen.jpg (47400 bytes)Soaring 384 feet avove the ocean at average tide and measuring 5425 feet from end to end, the Bridge of the Americas reaches across Panama Bay at the Pacific Canal entrance, reuniting the land divided during the construction of the Canal and forming another link in the Panamerican Highway.

The bridge occupies the same approximate location as the ferry crossing it replaced.  For 30 years the ferry was the    principal means of transport between the east and west Canal banks.    Remnants of its docks can still be seen on the shore.

Construction of the basically cantilever, tied-arch or suspended span bridge began on December 23, 1958.  Work proceeded from both shores, and on May 16, 1962, the first 70-foot, 98 ton steel beam was placed joining the two sections at the center.  Constructed by the United States at a cost US$20 million, the bridge was inaugurated on Columbus Day, October 12, 1962.

The bridge as appreciated for its beauty as   well as its utility.  Visitors and residents alike enjoy  viewing this gracefully elegant structure in its various moods against a backdrop of rainy season cumulus clouds; or mirrored in the still, reflective waters of the Canal entrance; or with trusses and cables rose-tinged by tropical sunset.*

*copied from a publication of the Panama Canal Office of Public Affairs.

PANAMA

THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

Panama is also a land of almost, unimaginable beauty. You´ll find mountains lush with tropical forests, vast grasslands, magnificent coastlines and seductive beaches. Sitting at the very top of South America, Panama serves as a bridge to several worlds. North and South America meet here, but you´ll also discover Asians, Europeans, Australians and Africans, all living and trading together. Because of the complex forces of history, this country has become a melting pot of nationalities and cultures.

Panama is a modern as tomorrow, too. It´s a city of skyscrapers, of exciting with casinos, discos, international restaurants and spectacular shows; It´s duty-free shopping in select stores, with the world´s merchandise from which to choose  

You can visited a city that spans over 500 years. See the remnants of a settlement destroyed by Morgan the pirate, and watch one of the foremost "wonders of the modern world", the Panama Canal. Most importantly, you´ll come to know the people of Panama: eager friendly men and women who have been hosting visitors from around the globe since the sixteenth century.

The country boasts over 800 miles of Caribbean coastline; more than 1000 miles along the Pacific. The resort island of Contadora, and its have, diving, water-skiing and other sports action for the wet at heart.

The modern Interamerican Highway leads you into the mountainous regions, through  rainforest awash with rare orchids and technicolor birds. There seems to be wonder around every bend.Punta Paitilla

So see as much of this wonderful country as you can. Enjoy the scenery, go shopping, live the nightlife to the hilt and love the people. There are much to see and do.

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