Santa Eulalia, Peru
(459) feet high / (140) meters high
(98) foot span / (30) meter span
With a maximum span of around 98 feet (30 mtrs), the Autisha bridge is about as structurally significant as your average highway overpass. What is not so average is the 459 foot (140 mtr) high chasm it crosses in the mountains 30 miles (48 kms) east of Lima, Peru.
The highest bridge in the mountainous South American country of Peru, the two span Autisha bridge sits over the rocky crevasse of the Santa Eulalia River. With a span to depth ratio of more than 4 to 1, no other bridge listed within this website is so short relative to its height except for France’s Pont Chatelet with a 6 to 1 ratio and China's Zhangjiajie Park Footbridge with a 6.5 to 1 ratio. The remote location of the bridge combined with its vertigous depth made it a natural site for a “Puenting” business where you are strapped in a harness and then thrown over the side of the bridge for a fall of approximately 66 feet (20 mtrs) before the cord tightens up and swings you underneath the span. Thrillseekers can find out more at their official website: http://www.puentingperu.com/
Image by Eduardo Alberto Rojas Turpaud
Image by Fredy Zea
A concrete relief from 1904 showing the Ransomes and Rapier construction company plaque. The British firm was formed in 1869 on the west bank of the River Orwell. The company built the first locomotive ever to run in China in 1874 and eventually expanded their engineering skills to produce water control gates, concrete machinery and cranes. Image by Fredy Zea