BRIDGE OF THE AMERICAS
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Panama