Isthmus of Tehuantepec

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is an isthmus ( isthmus ) in Mexico. He is the shortest land route - is between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and adjacent Central America from the rest of North America from - about 200 km as the crow.

In the years 1888 to 1893 a railway line between the two coasts was built under the direction of Baron Carl von Wagner. It has a length of 308 km. In the years 1899 to 1907 new port facilities were built in Coatzacoalcos and Salina Cruz. For a long time, there are plans of building a shipping channel to sea level ( without locks ).