The Amador Causeway or “Calzada de Amador” (as it’s known by locals) is made up of 4 islands (Naos, Perico, Culebra and Flamenco), interesting to note, is that the causeway extends 3 kilometers into the Pacific Ocean. The islands were united with the mainland by using excavation removed form the Panama Canal. This causeway has a pathway that runs its full length. Today, it’s a very sought after place by both locals and international visitors.
How Was It Built?
The Amador Causeway was made from rocks excavated from the Panama Canal and its main purpose was to serve as breakwater to the Pacific Coast entrance to the Panama Canal. It took 18 million yards of solid rock from the Culebra Cut to build the causeway. The landfill was used to build not only the causeway but also the village of Balboa, a Canal housing and administration area. The excavations from the Canal were moved to the 4 islands by a Track Shifter and the Unloader, in an article written by Dan Allen entitled: Panama Canal History part 6, he wrote that the Track-Shifter was invented by an American man named, Williams G. Bierd, this piece of machinery consisted of a very large crane-like machine that would hoist the whole section of track, including rails and ties and swung them in either direction to relocate as much as 9 feet of track at one time, the “Unloader” on the other hand, was “made by Lidgerwood Manufacturing Company of New York City, it was a three-ton plow, was hitched to the last railroad car by a long cable to a huge winch-like device mounted on a flatcar at the head of the train. Taking its power from the locomotive, the winch pulled the plow rapidly forward, unloading the whole twenty-car train in a single, 10-minute sweep”. These two American innovations along with the dirt-spreader, made the transfer of the debris by rail an easier task, than if they’d relied entirely on manpower alone. At the very beginning the U.S.A, contemplated turning the area into a recreational facility and planted flowers and trees on the causeway, but for the most part, it was mainly used as a military post. When Panama took over the control of the Canal in 1999, the role of the Amador Causeway changed toward becoming an entertainment hub of tourist and locals nightlife.
From the Causeway you can see the Old(Colonial) Panama and the Modern Panama City, the view is awesome and the beautiful skyline will make it a truly spectacular vacation. You will be able to see The Bridge of the Americas, it spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal and it’s the perfect point to watch the continuous passage of ships. One of the causeway’s main attractions is the Marine Exhibition Center of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), where you can learn about Caribbean and Pacific marine life and their environment. There are many things to do at the causeway, like for example bicycling, skating, shopping, fine dinning, sightseeing and islands exploration. I can guarantee that you’ll always have something fun to do at the Amador Causeway. The Causeway is a place to enjoy a great meal while taking in the gorgeous view., swim in the Pacific Ocean or just walk along the seashore. This is a flourishing tourist attraction , with great restaurants, stores, marinas, convention centers, bars and night clubs. Panama City and Amador Causeway are known for a very lively nightlife, becoming a favorite destination for Panamanians as well as international visitors. If you are looking for a nice safe place for friends or significant other, “La Zona Viva” on “Boulevard de la Rumba” is the “in” place , an exclusive area to enjoy the nightlife, it’s said that “you’ll never run out of things to do at this zone.” Why not give it a try? Visit the Islands that turned into a causeway.