NileGuide Expert Says:
The museum is well worth a visit to find out about Acapulco's fascinating history as a port and the riches brought in by the Manila Galleon.
Calle Hornitos at Calle Morelos, (off the Costera Miguel Aleman) Col. Centro
39300 Acapulco, Mexico
tel: +52 744 482 3828
fax: +52 (744) 482-3828
"La Fuerte," as it is referred to in town, is the main historical monument in Acapulco and the most important maritime fort along the Pacific coast. Acapulco´s first claim to fame was for being the port for the Nao de China (also known as the Manila Galleon) that brought splendid goods from the Orient, which were then transferred to Veracruz and sent to Europe. Here you will be greeted by the For 250 years, Manila galleons made one annual trip from the Philippines to Acapulco laden with treasure, which was sold at the city's trade fair. These riches made Acapulco an obvious target for English and Dutch pirates, which forced the Spanish to build the star-shaped San Diego Fort to protect the ships and cargo. Constructed in 1616, the fort now houses an interesting museum, which chronicles Acapulco's history through displays about pre-Hispanic culture and the colony's private and public lives. The exhibits about marine navigation and the conquest of the South Seas are particularly fascinating, as is the recreated kitchen. The view from the roof of the fort is panoramic and shouldn't be missed by cruise ship passengers who disembark just across the street from the fort. After visiting San Diego Fort, walk to the Casa de la Mascara and Zocalo, which are also located in the Traditional Zone.
How to Get There: on the Costera across from the cruise ship terminal
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Admission: MX$30/US$3. Free entrance on Sundays. Seniors and students free with Mexican credential
Payment: Cash only
Parking: limited street parking Services: exhibitions, tours, bookstore and gift shop, restrooms, auditorium, art