Bridge of the Americas Tours

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The Bridge of the Americas 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.

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Taxis can be taken from Panama City to the bridge, which is just outside the city limits. 
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Address: Bridge of the Americas, Panama City, Panama
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Fuerte Amador Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Tour of Panama City and Canal

Discover the highlights of Panama City on a full-day shore excursion that visits the Miraflores Locks and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo (Old Town). Get close views of the Panama Canal from the viewing platforms, stop into the visitor's center, and follow your guide on a walking tour of the Old Town. Includes port pickup and drop-off, and the option to further explore the Old City on your own at the end of the tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half Day Small Group Tour of Panama City with Guide

Explore the highlights and landmarks of Panama City on this small-group tour. With a guide to navigate and provide enlightening commentary, stop by sites such as the 17th-century Colonial City, the Cinta Costera, and the modern part of the city. A small tour group of 15 people or fewer ensures an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$38.67
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Panama City Sightseeing Tour Including Miraflores Locks

Combine a tour of the Panama Canal’s Miraflores Locks with a walking tour of Panama City’s UNESCO-listed Casco Viejo and a city driving tour to notable landmarks —it’s a full-day of sightseeing at the capital’s top attractions. Admire city views from atop Ancón Hill; visit a local market; see the Bridge of the Americas from the Amador Causeway; and more. This small-group tour runs with a maximum of nine people, ensuring personalized attention from your informative guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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US$75.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour

Enhance your experience of the Panama Canal  boat trip from Panama City. After boarding your vessel, you’ll travel down the entire length of the world-famous Panama Canal, passing prominent features such as Bridge of Americas and the Miraflores Locks. As you cruise, your tour guide will provide history-rich commentary and direct your attention to Guillard’s Cut and Gamboa Lake. Enjoy excellent views from elevated lookout decks and opt to refresh with snacks and beverages throughout your cruise. Round-trip transport from your downtown Panama City hotel is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$225.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

Travel southbound through the Panama Canal during this 6-hour tour from Panama City. With your local guide, board a bus for a 45-minute journey to Gamboa, home of the Panama Canal Dredging Division. Meet your vessel, the Pacific Queen, for a trip through the Gailard cut, the Pedro Miguel Locks and the Miraflores Locks. Admire scenic views of the Centennial Bridge, the Chagres River, and the Bridge of the Americas. Eat a complimentary lunch on board during your journey. Disembark at the Flamenco Marina in Panama City.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Pearl Island Fishing Excursion and Beach

Explore the waters near Pearl Island during this fishing excursion and beach cruise. Everything is included—fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment and beer—to make sure you have a great day on the water and beaches. You’ll set sail from Panama City, and partake in fishing, snorkeling, or relaxing—the choice is up to you.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Parque Natural Metropolitano and Ancon Hill Tour from Panama City

Explore a tropical forest in the heart of Panama City on a half-day walking tour through the Parque Natural Metropolitano and Ancon Hill. Watch for sloths, monkeys and tree frogs as you hike through the lush jungle, and learn the names for Panama’s native plants and animals. Take in sweeping views of the capital from the top of Ancon Hill, see flocks of birds erupt from the foliage and experience the tranquility of Panama City’s only wildlife refuge. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$191.99
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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