Acapulco

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Where is Acapulco

The city is located on the Pacific coast, 411 km from Mexico City , in the picturesque bay of Acapulco, surrounded by mountains:

History

For many years, before the advent of Cancun, Acapulco, with its long beaches, numerous bars and discos, remained the tourist capital of Mexico. The mild climate, beautiful coastline, calm water and numerous entertainments made Acapulco a real pearl of the Pacific coast. Famous actors, politicians, show business stars like to come here.

The word “acapulco” from the language of the nuatl translates as “the place where the giant reed grows”. Archaeologists have found evidence that at the time of the landing here of the Spaniards in 1521, these places were inhabited for over 2 thousand years. The Spaniards, in the 250 years of their rule, turned a small village into a city that was an important transit point on the way of trade galleons from the Philippines to Spain.

Spa Acapulco

The second birth of Acapulco occurred in 1927, when the highway was built, connecting the city with Mexico City. Here Mexicans began to come to rest, and then Americans. In the fifties, Acapulco became the center of elite recreation, Hollywood stars loved it. At various times here rested Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvester Stallone. In Acapulco, they spent their honeymoon John and Jackie Kennedy.

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Sunset and Renaissance

Too fast construction led to pollution of the bay and overpopulation, so foreign tourists preferred to have a rest in Cancun and on the Riviera Maya . Only in the late nineties in the Acapulco began the implementation of a large program to clean up the bay. Now its waters have become clean, as before, but Acapulco has turned into a national resort, where most Mexicans rest for the most part. This is facilitated by the proximity to the capital.

Attractions Acapulco

The cliff of La Quebrada

The main entertainment of tourists in Acapulco – jumpers into the water from the cliff of La Quebrada (La Quebrada). The difficulty of these jumps is in not touching the adjacent ledges, flying along the correct trajectory and crashing into the waves in a precisely calculated place. With the onset of darkness, the cliff is highlighted, and some divers jump with lighted torches. This dangerous attraction strikes the audience since 1934, becoming a kind of visiting card of the city. Today, already 2 and 3 generation of divers are jumping and they even have their own trade union.

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Opposite the cliff there is a bar-restaurant La Perla, from which an excellent view of the view of the jumpers opens. And next to it is the staircase of Sinfonia del Mar, on the steps of which concerts often take place. But most often the staircase serves as an observation deck for observing sunset.

Fortress of San Diego

Special attention should be paid to the historical center of the city. The five-cornered fortress of San Diego (Fuerte de San Diego), located on the main square of Socalo (Zocalo), was built in 1616 to protect Spanish ships from the numerous English and Dutch pirates who robbed ships with goods. Inside the fortress there is the Museum of the History of Acapulco (Museo Historico de Acapulco).

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Near the fortress there is a small but very curious Mask Museum (Casa de la Mascara), where you can see traditional masks from different regions of Mexico.

Cathedral

There is also the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, 1930), which is distinguished by its unusual architecture in the Neo-Byzantine style.

The square has many restaurants and bars, as well as the largest handicraft market in the city. Here you can buy wooden masks, machetes, silver jewelry, lacquered boxes, ceramics, sombrero, traditional Mexican costumes, etc. You should definitely try local sweets from coconut, mango, banana and tamarindo.

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From Sokalo along the coast stretches the street Costera Miguel Aleman (Costera-Miguel Aleman), which is located most restaurants, discos, hotels and bars.

Archaeological zone

If you turn from Costera Miguel Aleman to Aquiles Serdan and then through Constituyentes to La Mona Street, you can find yourself in the Petroglifos de Palma Sola Archaeological Area. There were found rock drawings made by unknown artists approximately between 200 BC. and 600 AD. The drawings depict scenes from everyday life, battle patterns and simply figures of people or animals. Next to the pictures there are tablets with descriptions and explanations.

Sights (other) Acapulco

On the beach of Icacos (Playa Icacos) on the highway Costera Miguel Aleman there is a popular aquapark Cici Acapulco Magico with swimming pools, slides, a large aquarium and a daily dolphin show.

Another interesting place is the Botanical Garden of Acapulco (Jardin Botanico de Acapulco), located on the territory of the University of Loyola del Pacifico (Universidad Loyola del Pacifico). Here is an impressive collection of plants and animals of the region.

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Rocket Island

Fans of snorkeling and diving are best off to the island of La Isla de la Roqueta. To the island, boats depart from the beach of Caleta (Playa Caleta), located on the southern coast of the Peninsula de las Penas (Peninsula de las Playas). The beach is connected to the city center by the highway Lopez Matieos (Lopez-Mateos).