Bridge of the Americas Tours

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Bridge of the Americas
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. 
Address: Bridge of the Americas, Panama City, Panama
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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
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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US$100.00
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Panama Canal Miraflores Locks and City Tour

Combine a highlights tour of Panama City with a visit to the Miraflores Locks on this guided excursion. With a guide in the lead to provide transportation and insightful commentary, make stops at Ancon Hill, Casco Viejo, the Amador Causeway, and the Miraflores Locks. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Panama City included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$65.00
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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
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$1,100.00
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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
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$135.00
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$115.38
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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
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Colon Shore Excursion: Panama City and Canal Private Tour

Take in the highlights of UNESCO-listed Panama City on this private full-day shore excursion from Colon Cruise Port. Admire the views from Ancon Hill; stroll along the Amador Causeway; see the Bridge of the Americas and the Panama Canal; and explore the atmospheric Old Town on a walking tour. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$146.15
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