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“Why is this an attraction?” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sixaola Bridge

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Cartago, Cartago, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Why is this an attraction?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

Its an old bridge. Thats it. There is nothing interesting about the place and the only reason to go would be to pass to Bocas

Visited February 2012
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“If you have a car, nice way to spend a morning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

A 45 minute drive from Puerto Viejo will deposit you at the border of Panama at the Sixaola bridge. It is possible to park securely (paid parking with a security guard watching your vehicle) $5 to get across, and once across you can take a boat to Bocas Del Toro for the day. Watch border closing times for a day trip return. Border on Costa Rica side closes around 5pm. Lots of beautiful scenery along the way. To return to PV, consider the Santa Margarita Road that deposits you near Punta Uva. Nice gravel road, beautiful scenery.

Visited December 2012
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Pasadena, California
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“Adventure Abounds”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2012

We ventured into Panama via Caribe Express Shuttle, where we were escorted by the Costa RIca Driver across the border after going through customs. The bridge is long and numerous planks are missing, It takes some nerve for those afraid of heights but the experience was a blast for me. Beware of the Panama immigration agents looking to take your USD. Immigration tax is $3 USD each way, it's best to have EXACT CHANGE.

Visited September 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Unless you are crossing over into Panama as part of your trip, not worth the drive. Being a border town it is very shady and probably not the safest place. Drove down there from Puerto Viejo and turned around and went back without even stopping.

Visited July 2012
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World CItizens
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“Wouldn't want to tempt fate again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2010

Traveling the Sixaola bridge to get into Panama was truly an adventure in faith. The faith you have to have is that you won’t be the person standing on the bridge when it finally decides to give way. I’ve since learned (doing a little research here tonight at the hotel) that the Sixaola bridge is over 100 years old, and only one car, truck, or semi (yes, they let semis drive over this rickety and rusting thing) can be on it at a time, because they think the stress of more than that might cause it to collapse.

Believe me, when you’re standing on the bridge, looking through rusted metal to the river 50 feet below, and a semi driving on the bridge rumbles the bridge enough to knock pieces of rust from the bridge at your feet into the murky brown water below, prayers start coming to mind very quickly.

Somewhere near here (saw it on the Costa Rican news from the lobby of Cabinas Casa Verde), a bridge like this one collapsed this past week with a school bus on it. A huge rescue effort was needed to get people out of the water, apparently seven people died, and it made the front cover of the next day’s newspaper.

Things of this sort tend to happen in threes (and often have to before people really take action to fix them) so I’m happy to have gotten across the bridge safe and sound, and am happy to be traveling back to Costa Rica at a different border crossing on a different road.

Thank carrieandjonathan
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