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Hugo Xavier became one of the first people to cross The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, On Thursday (30) when it opened near the small town of Aruca in northern Portugal.

Xavier, 42, said he had the courage to walk along the 516-meter-long transparent metal railing walkway. He was with his friend (equally tense) with a tour guide.

Inside the Aruka Geopark, the bridge is lined with rocky green leaves and yellow flowers and rises to a height of 175 m above the fast flowing Paiva River.

The landscape is calm, but the crossing is not for the faint of heart.. It is supported by steel cables and two giant towers on each side, which rotate slightly at each stage.

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, opens on April 29, 2021 for locals in northern Portugal – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, opens on April 29, 2021 for locals in northern Portugal – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

“I was a little scared, but really appreciated it,” Xavier, on the other hand, said with relief. “It was an extraordinary, unique experience, an adrenaline ride.”

The bridge is only open to locals on the first day, but anyone can schedule a visit until Monday (3).

Residents expect attraction, which It cost about $ 2.8 million (over $ 15 million) and took about two years to build., Especially to help revitalize the area after the devastating Kovid-19 pandemic.

“It breathes fresh air for our planet because it attracts more investment and more people,” said guide Emmanuel, adding that the area is rapidly aging as many young people move to larger cities. “It will bring a new dynamic to Aruka.”

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the 516 Aruca, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the Aruca 516, is now open to locals in northern Portugal on April 29, 2021 – Photo: Violeta Santos Maura / Reuters

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