3 Bridges in Peru That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
If you’re looking to experience the thrill of crossing one of the world’s longest suspension bridges, Peru offers 3 bridges that will blow your mind. Check out the following photos and be prepared to find yourself in awe of this South American country’s amazing feats of engineering.
Puente billinghurst bridge
The Puente Bilingüe de Billinghurst is located in Lima, Peru and connects downtown Lima with Chorrillos. While it’s not quite as high as some of its peers, its brightly coloured rainbow design makes it a wonder to behold. Constructed by Italian architects Rino Levi and Ambrogio Predieri between 1954 and 1956, it was originally built to provide access across a railroad track during an era when there were no overhead crossings. It was subsequently opened to vehicular traffic on October 21st, 1960. The bridge stands 43 metres (141 ft) above sea level at its highest point and is 170 metres (558 ft) long.
These handwoven rope bridges used to be in all of Peru and Queshuachaca is one of the most awe-inspiring examples of this. The rope bridges are created out of grass rope, making them last centuries without degrading. You can find these suspension bridges on top of mountain ranges that span an impressive 300 meters or more. And as if you weren’t already impressed enough by how strong they are, these ropes can support up to 50 people at a time! When you visit, make sure to bring some sturdy hiking shoes so you can walk across the uneven ground.
The Bridge of Stone
Stone Bridge, also known as the Puente de Piedra, is a bridge in Lima, Peru in South America, built in 1608 by architect Juan del Corral to link Lima to Rímac.
Puente de Piedra is also known as the Bridge of Lions, because of the four statues of lions that have been there since 1991. The lion statues were designed by Francisco Rallo Lahoz. Since the 12th century, the citizens of Zaragoza had tried to build a bridge across the Ebro River. In 1401, the Puente de Piedra was built and took about a hundred years to complete under the supervision of Gil de Menestral. In 1643, two of the bridge’s central spans were destroyed by the flood. Since then, the bridge has been reduced to the wreckage in the painting View of Zaragoza by Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo (1647).