- Type: Offbeat Activities
NileGuide Expert Says:
The one thing not to miss seeing in Acapulco.
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you wander about here at about 9 a.m. you may be lucky enough to see the divers - whose tradition tends to run in families from the Traditional area of town - train and practice, and on weekends their children often play in the channel. For the lunchtime show wear sunblock and a hat.
- Twisting cobblestone streets climb up to La Quebrada, the site of Acapulco's world-famous spectacle, where brave young men dive from a steep cliff into the waters of a narrow, rocky inlet. Cliff diving began in 1934 as a tourist attraction (of course!) and since that year generations of divers have propelled themselves daily from a height of 41 meters (136 ft) into churning surf only 3 meters (11 ft) deep. The finale of the last nighttime show is most impressive: a single fearless diver descends in total darkness carrying flaming torches. The divers have even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for "the highest regularly performed headfirst dives." You can watch the divers from a sidewalk at the base of the inlet, the official viewing site, or from the dining room terrace at Hotel Mirador or, for free, from the road that leads to Sinfonia del Mar.
Hours of Operation: Five shows daily: 1:00, 7:30, 8:30 9:30 10:30 pm
Payment: Cash only. Divers congregate after shows on the staircase for photos and to receive tips.
Parking: limited street parking, parking available in the plaza in front of El Mirador Hotel
Services: performance, restrooms, restaurant at Hotel Mirador
Additional information: The best viewpoint is from the restaurant terrace of El Mirador Hotel. Minimum menu expenditure is required, choices are expensive, and food is of only average quality.
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