World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge: Would you walk across it?

The 516 Arouca, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, opened on Monday for those bold enough to make the 1,692-foot walk from one side of a mountain gorge to the other.

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The span hangs 574 feet above the Aguieiras Waterfall in the Paiva Gorge in Arouca, Portugal, and takes about 10 minutes to cross. The bridge is held up by a series of steel cables and has a see-through walkway if you are brave enough to look down.

Arouca is about 186 miles north of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.

516 Arouca breaks the record for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge, previously held by the Charles Kuonen Bridge at Randa, in the Swiss Alps. That bridge was opened in 2017 and measures 1,280 feet long.

The SkyBridge in Tennessee is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. It’s 680 feet long and 150 feet high, and has glass panels in the middle of the bridge that let you look down into the valley.

516 Arouca connects the banks of the river Paiva, and offers views of Garganta do Paiva and Cascata das Aguieiras; It was described as “frighteningly beautiful.”

“The new bridge, under construction since May 2018, is inspired by the Inca bridges that spanned the Andes mountain valleys,” a release on the bridge’s website reads. The bridge was officially inaugurated in a ceremony Sunday before opening to members of the public ages 6 and up on Monday.

According to some who have walked the new bridge, it takes about 10 minutes to cross. Tickets to cross the bridge range from $12-$14.

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