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Acapulco Cliff Divers and Their Daring Feats

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

La Quebrada Cliff Divers of Acapulco, Mexico

Anyone visiting the Pacific side City of Acapulco for any length of time will surely wish to see the extraordinary feats of the much practiced and accomplished cliff divers. They are a local iconic attraction that is sure to have you holding your breath as they wait for just the right timing to vault themselves off of craggy cliffs and soar down headfirst into the rushing waters below.

This Acapulco attraction is one that my husband, mother, dad, and I got to enjoy in October of 1976 when my parents surprised us by treating us to a fantastic five-day trip to Acapulco. It was magnificent, and while some of the old photos have faded over the years, my husband's and my memories are still very much alive and relished.

Divers at the top of the cliff La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico

Divers at the top of the cliff La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico

A Death-Defying Dive Into a Narrow Gorge

According to Wikipedia, "The 2002 Guinness Book of World Records lists this as "the highest regularly performed headfirst dives" in the world." From someone who has only nervously jumped into water feet first from a high dive on several occasions, I would never consider vaulting myself off a cliff of this height.

These young athletic daredevil professional divers are well-practiced and must get their timing just right, or they risk injury or even death. They wait for the right conditions, considering the wind and also the waves of the ocean. Those waves alternately fill the gorge with water up to about 16 feet, then recede to as little as six feet. The timing has to be just right to have sufficient water below to cushion the diver's landing!

If a diver would launch off the cliff prematurely, that airborne flight of about 125 feet (35 meters) to the bottom could be his last dive forever! Not only does there have to be sufficient water filling the gorge below, but the divers must jump far enough out and away from the jagged rocks for safety concerns.

It is no wonder that as the divers go walking across the cliffs, they most often say a prayer at the small shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe before they make their dive. There is a lot that could go wrong!

There is a viewing platform where one can descend some 60 steps and get a good view of the La Quebrada cliff divers performing several times each day. Of course, one can also see it as we did by combining the performance with a meal, being seated comfortably above. At night the cliffs are illuminated, and the divers have flaming torches, which add to the drama.

Would I recommend viewing the La Quebrada Cliff Diving performance? Yes! It is an iconic Acapulco attraction that you are never likely to forget.

Las Brisas Hotel

I enjoy reading travel articles (still do, for that matter), and I had read one about the resort of Las Brisas in Acapulco. I had told my parents of my delightful discovery regarding Las Brisas, never thinking any more about it until we got the invitation to join them for a combined vacation trip to Acapulco.

During that time, my husband and I lived in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and my parents lived in McAllen, Texas. They drove north in their motor home with their dogs to visit us on several occasions, and we flew down for visits with frequent letters and phone calls in between during the four years we lived in Wisconsin.

One of the Most Romantic Places in the World

I could probably do an entire post about Las Brisas. Suffice it to say that according to an old Travel and Leisure magazine that I had read, it is one of the most romantic places in the world.

Built on the side of the mountain, the many casitas (rooms) have room service as we have never experienced. Anytime one vacates the casita, new towels are delivered, and the bowl of succulent fruit always seems topped off with fresh pieces. Fresh flowers float in the individual swimming pools, and everything is pristine, just like entering the room for the first time no matter how many times one swims in the pool or musses up the beds.

The positioning of each casita with a private pool (only a few are shared) must have been quite an engineering project when the building of this resort masterpiece took place.

One can expect a delivery of a complimentary breakfast discretely put in a receptacle outside of one's casita each morning in case one wishes to sleep a bit longer. Of course, the views, chirping birds, and fresh air will probably have one arising early, ready to greet each exciting new day.

Hotel Mirador

My parents, husband, and I did many things while enjoying our Acapulco vacation. But one attraction that was a "must-see" for us took up part of our late afternoon and early evening.

An enterprising individual, the owner of the Hotel Mirador, saw a way to create a long-lasting attraction that would have people clamoring to come to their location for years to come either for lodging or dinner. The hotel has a perfect sight-line view of the rocky shoreline and pounding surf. Blasting of stone widened a narrow opening between the craggy cliffs.

The famous cliff divers started performing their death-defying feats before crowds in this part of Acapulco dating back to 1934, and the rest, as they say, is history.

We drove our pink and white Las Brisas jeeps to the downtown area, and we enjoyed an early dinner at the Hotel Mirador one evening to watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers perform from our excellent seated vantage point. While I no longer recall what we ate that night, I will always treasure the memory of that cliff diving performance!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are most welcome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2016:

Hi Robert,

First class or business class would certainly be the ideal way to travel via airplane if the budget would allow.

Robert Sacchi on July 13, 2016:

Yes, air travel is not what it use to be, at least in coach. Business and first class may have improved though. In some aircraft they put business and first class passengers in pods.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2016:

Hi Robert,

Glad I got to do the traveling that I did when I was younger and when airlines had a little more leg room. Weight restrictions for baggage was not in effect years ago. I wouldn't have been able to bring back rocks collected in my suitcase as I did from several places. Ha! Times have surely changed!

Robert Sacchi on July 10, 2016:

Yes, it is a matter of getting what you pay for. People who fly tend to pay for economy not luxury. The result is minimal service. The airline industry operates at a net loss.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2016:

Hi Robert,

That is true although traveling by airplane is surely not as fun as it used to be in bygone days.

Robert Sacchi on July 01, 2016:

That's why they call them jet setters.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2016:

Hi Robert,

There are just so many places from which to choose and those with enough money can jet off to so many exotic destinations these days.

Robert Sacchi on June 27, 2016:

I may be out of it but it seems there isn't a dominant tourist spot as there were in years past.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2016:

Hi Robert,

I am sure that Acapulco is still a good spot in which to vacation and visit. So many new resorts have been built since the time when Acapulco captured much of the tourist trade. Some of them are undoubtedly luring tourists their way.

Robert Sacchi on June 24, 2016:

Yes, cliff diving takes a lot of courage. I remember when Acapulco was a really big vacation spot. I haven't heard much talk about it recently. I wonder if things have changed since its Hay Days.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 28, 2016:

Hi Patricia,

Understood. Time is a precious commodity and we all have to make decisions as to how to use it best. Always happy to hear from you and glad you liked this hub.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 27, 2016:

Hi Peggy This was such an exhilarating read....I am not sure I am courageous enough to attempt such a feat...I can imagine though that it is quite a rush...

So much is happening with my family (I will be posting soon a new hub about them)...I have little time to appear on these pages. I often come by and scan the entries but that is almost the extent of my involvement on most days. I feel it is rude to leave comments unreplied to but there are just not enough minutes in any day..I know you get that.

Wishing good things to you and yours...Know that many Angels are winging their way to you ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2016:

Hi Susie,

It definitely was exciting to see the cliff divers in action. It is a memory I will carry for a long time.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on January 07, 2016:

What a beautiful pace to go visit and watch the divers. It was energizing to to read about this place and see that video. I'm so glad you got to go there Peggy, and thank you for sharing your lovely experience.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2015:

Hi SweetiePie,

You would not find me jumping much-less diving from that cliff in Acapulco either! Ha!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 16, 2015:

I am probably a scardey cat, but no cliff diving for me. I would prefer to just walk around and take pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

That really was a fun and memorable trip to Acapulco many years ago. Glad you liked reading about the cliff divers. That was just one of the many things that made that trip special. Thanks!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 18, 2015:

What a fascinating holiday attraction! The accommodation looks like there was a lot of effort and attention put in by the original builders continued by the current owners and makes for a great looking holiday away in Acapulco. The cliff divers using torches at night would be extra unusual and worthy of viewing. Voted interesting, up and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2015:

Hi Larry,

Perhaps someday you will get to see the Acapulco cliff divers in person. Appreciate your comment.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 12, 2015:

I've always wanted to see this amazing feat in person.

Wonderfully written.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2015:

Hi PNWtravels,

I am not surprised to hear that the cliff divers end up with medical issues affecting their bodies. Sad to know.

Vicki Green from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA on March 23, 2015:

I saw the Acapulco cliff divers a few years ago and it was very impressive to watch. We also learned from our tour guide, that many of the cliff divers as they get older develop arthritis and other debilitating spinal conditions caused by their cliff jumping.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2014:

Hello GetitScene,

They are obviously not afraid of a challenge and are the daredevils of this world.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 22, 2014:

These guys are straight up crazy. Interesting and voted up though!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

So glad that you liked this peek at Acapulco from our vacation many years ago. Am sure those cliff divers are a generation or two younger now, but they are still entertaining guests with their dare devil dives. Thanks for the shares.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 22, 2013:

Exciting adventure! Tweeted, Pinned and Facebooked! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Visiting Acapulco with my parents and my hubby was a treat indeed. I should write more about it sometime. As to being a cliff diver...not for me! It was something to watch however! Thanks for your votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 16, 2013:

So gorgeous! What a wonderful place to visit! I can't imagine jumping off a cliff like that! =0 Voted up and awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2013:

Hi Natashalh,

Las Brisas was such a wonderful place to stay while vacationing in Acapulco. I will always fondly remember that trip shared with my parents and husband. As to the cliff divers...it is surely nothing that I would ever consider doing! I was never even brave enough to jump off of a high dive. I'll stick with the regular low diving boards. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

Yes...am sure the cliff diving carries a high degree of risk for the divers. Hopefully they are all well practiced and efficient at what they do for a living! You should write about that canon at Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. Sounds interesting! We have come a long way from those days with regard to defenses...haven't we! Thanks for your vote and the share.

Natasha from Hawaii on May 14, 2013:

Las Brisas sounds really cool! Wow. What luxury! And those cliff divers are unreal. I would surely kill myself.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 14, 2013:

Very Interesting Hub. Looks very dangerous to me. The canon reminded me of Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur which has a big canon which can shoot 25 miles away and it was used only once during testing and it was believed at that time in 1720 that it made such a hugh noise that pregnant women of many nearby villages had abortion. Voting it up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2013:

Hi Margaret,

Our visit to Acapulco and staying at Las Brisas predated the days of digital cameras. Even so...wish I had taken more photos. Most of the rooms at Las Brisas have private pools. It was quite a unique and wonderful experience getting to stay there. Thanks for your votes and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

In no way would you ever catch me diving from such a lofty cliff! Those young men must have nerves of steel. Hope that you can cross Acapulco off of your bucket list someday. Thanks for your votes and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Those divers are amazing in Acapulco. They have to gauge the depth of the water just right as it surges in and out of the cove or risk injury or death. Obviously they are well practiced! It certainly is a sight to behold! Thanks for the votes + share.

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on April 07, 2013:

What a trip that must have been. I love the room at Las Brisas with the private pool. Once again, you've written a wonderful travel hub that makes me feel as if I was there with you - voted up, interesting, useful and sharing.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 07, 2013:

A trip to Acapulco has always been on my bucket list! I would love to watch these divers. I can't imagine the adrenaline rush! Actually I would probably die from fright before I hit the water. Great hub! Voted up and interesting! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on April 07, 2013:

Great recollection of your visit and fabulous photos as always. I've seen this diving on television, but it looks pretty scary to me. But I can see it would be interesting and exciting to watch. Voted up, interesting, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 16, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

It truly was amazing viewing these young men launching themselves off of that cliff to dive headfirst into the surf at Acapulco. Their timing had to be spot on or risk injury or death. Obviously they are well practiced...but still...! Thanks for your comment and the thoughts of sending angels this way. Hope that they are surrounding your entire family.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 16, 2013:

Wow. This sounds amazing. I cannot imagine having the experience of actually making the dive..the adrenalin must really be pumping. And to actually be in a postition to witness this happening must make you shiver in anticipation. It sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. You have shared it with us so well.

Sending Angels to yu and yours ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2012:

Hi again vespawoolf,

Me too! But then I do not have to worry about it. You won't find me even entertaining the thought! I'll leave it to the professionals...for they surely are that. For the cliff divers in Acapulco, even after being well practiced...it must take some nerve to make that first dive!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

I think I would die of fright before ever hitting the water!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

You wouldn't find me diving headfirst...or even jumping feet first off of those cliffs in Acapulco! Thanks for your visit and comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

This is a fascinating hub. You've visited so many interesting places! I can't imagine the courage it would require to dive off cliffs. : )

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Hi sweetie,

Yes...the cliff divers in Acapulco obviously must have courage, strength and a lot of practice to attain those amazing feats. Nice to know that you enjoyed reading this and seeing the photos. Thanks for the votes.

sweetie1 from India on December 02, 2012:

This is real an amazing feat of Human courage and strength. Really enjoyed reading this . The pictures are beautiful. Voting it up and interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

You and me both! No way would I enter the ocean by diving into it from such a high cliff such as the cliff divers do in Acapulco...especially hoping that at the exact moment they enter the waters that there is enough water in the gorge to keep them from death. Amazing! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2012:

Hi beingwell,

The Acapulco cliff divers are also doing those amazing dives for money. They walk around the crowd after they have made those daring dives and collect tip money. Am sure that it adds up to what must be a good living or I can't imagine that they would risk their lives otherwise. Obviously it is also a sport for young people....so time limited as to how long they can keep doing it for a living. Thanks for your comment.

RTalloni on November 22, 2012:

Oh me! While I would rather be in the ocean than on the beach I can't imagine getting there this way. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

beingwell from Bangkok on November 22, 2012:

Voted beautiful! I admire the will power and strength of those divers. And to think they're doing it just for the thrills.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

So glad that you liked learning about the Acapulco Cliff Divers as they go walking across the cliff and launch themselves into the surging ocean waters below them. Amazing to see! Thanks for your visit, vote and share.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 22, 2012:

Brilliant as always my friend I vote up and share.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2012:

Hello Express10,

As to the cliff diving at night...it is spectacular to see. I would not attempt such a feat no matter what part of the day it was. Those Acapulco cliff divers are certainly brave and daring young people! Hope you do get to see it in person someday. Thanks for your comment.

H C Palting from East Coast on November 20, 2012:

This hub is absolutely awesome. In particular the night diving sounds scary and thrilling to watch. I'd never thought that anyone would to THAT after dusk. Thanks for sharing, definitely interests me to see that in person.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this travel hub regarding the Acapulco Cliff Divers. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi bdegiulio,

I don't remember seeing the Acapulco cliff divers on television, but surely enjoyed seeing them perform live in Acapulco. Nice to know that this brought back those TV memories for you. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 31, 2012:

Beautiful place. Peggy, you give me a new spirit to write about travel. I'll schedule it two days later. Thank you very much. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

We truly enjoyed our vacation trip to Acapulco and yes...the beauty is serene. As to the cliff divers...they are certainly a brave lot. I would never have been tempted to do such a thing even when I was in my youth. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

I had to laugh when you mentioned that this hub had "eye candy." Ha! Watching the Acapulco Cliff Divers does get a bit of adrenalin pumping even for the spectators. I can't even imagine what it must be like for them when walking across that cliff prior to their dives. Thanks for your comment and share.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 30, 2012:

Hi Peggy. I remember as a kid watching the cliff divers on TV. It is as amazing today as it was back then. Thanks for sharing this with us. VU, Sharing, etc....

Ruchira from United States on October 30, 2012:

Wow...the divers must be so brave to take this up as a profession. Sure, it must be magical to see them dive esp with torches in their hands. Beauty must be serene there as I could see in your pix.

as usual, you gave me a desire to visit another place :) Thanks Peggy!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 30, 2012:

Ok... I am going to admit... I clicked on this hub purely for the eye candy in the picture. And I can't say that I regret that. I would love to see the cliff divers although personally, that would scare the bejezzus out of me. I need to start doing more traveling... I keep adding more and more to my list of places I need to visit. This one sounds wonderful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

The cliff divers in Acapulco deserve all the tips that they can get! What a job they have! The tips, of course, are voluntary. I think that most people are happy to show their appreciation by tipping. Thanks for your comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 28, 2012:

I remember these guys on my trip to Acapulco a few years ago. Quite spectacular. But they also approach the tourists for a tip after their performances -- something I was happy to give them. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2012:

Hi Christy,

So glad that you liked this Acapulco Cliff Divers hub enough to share. Also thanks for the votes. Yes...seeing the cliff divers walking across the cliff and then launching themselves into the ocean below was a breathtaking event to see in person.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2012:

I can see why you have so many comments here Peggy! What a neat travel hub. Watching the cliff diving in person must be extraordinary. Voting up, beautiful, and interesting. Also sharing over on Twitter :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

The Acapulco cliff divers were amazing. We have wonderful memories of the rest of that vacation and this was just one of the highlight moments. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

As I stated, I no longer remember the meal we had but certainly vividly remember the Acapulco cliff divers. So the meal was secondary to the event for sure! The vacation was wonderful! Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on October 24, 2012:

You have great memories and photos of beautiful Acapulco. I have butterflies in my stomach from watching the cliff divers jump. They are really amazing. Another wonderful hub and very informative. Great photos and videos of Acapulco and the brave Cliff Divers.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 2012:

What an enjoyable vacation that must have been, Peggy. The resort sounds lovely. Eating a meal while watching cliff divers sounds interesting too, but I think I would have been too tense worrying about the divers crashing into the rocks to enjoy my meal!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Yes...Acapulco Bay is protected from the Pacific Ocean and affords a bit of protection from the ravages of the sea. It is also a port of call for cruise ships as you might imagine. Glad that you enjoyed the video of these Acapulco cliff divers. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi Pamela,

Getting to enjoy Acapulco with my husband and parents many years ago was a great vacation indeed! Seeing the cliff divers was just one memorable thing that we got to see. Obviously there was much more. Acapulco is such a gorgeous setting! Thanks for your comment, vote + share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi teaches,

Wouldn't that be something if he was one of the original Acapulco Cliff Divers! Hope you find out soon, and please do let me know. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi tirelesstraveler,

Believe it or not, beach vacations would not be our first preference either...but Acapulco offers so much more. May have to write another hub of what we enjoyed while on vacation there. As to the diving...I agree! Anything that high would have me in the "wimp" category for sure! Thanks for your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on October 23, 2012:

This one made me heart swell on viewing the first pic Peggy! Saw the cliff divers in an Elvis movie or something and for one a little vertigo prone about heights- oh boy! You know watching the vid and seeing the map i didn't realize Acapulco was around a bay like that. Wow, what a place. So cool seeing the pics and reading about y'all's visit- good treatment for real. I thought that was a shrine behind those divers but wasn't positive till you mentioned it. Imagine, they even have to climb back up. Enjoyed Peggy, that may just be the first home tape i've seen of the divers- and at least it's pretty water they dive in lol.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 23, 2012:

What a fabulous place to take a vacation. It is so beautiful. Your pictures are gorgeous. I would love to see the divers. Awesome hub! Vote up and shared.

Dianna Mendez on October 23, 2012:

Peggy, I wish I knew where it was exactly he did dive. I just heard the stories as a child, it never occurred to me to ask where. Next time I talk to my sisters, I will ask them if they know.

Judy Specht from California on October 23, 2012:

I am such a wimp when it comes to heights, I have a hard time watching my son dive off a 3 meter board at his meets. I loved looking at the videos. Would love a vacation at the beach, but the husband doesn't like sand.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

Sometimes watching things on TV gives you an even closer view...think football for instance. Of course watching the cliff divers doing it in that spectacular setting of Acapulco was something that was fun to see. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 23, 2012:

Great well written and interesting hub, i have not seen these diver in person but have seen them do it on TV before . Well done !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi Sally's Trove,

Have you written about your trip to Puerta Vallarta? Would be interesting for those of us who have never been there. Acapulco is the only vacation that I have ever taken in Mexico and sad to say, but with the drug wars raging, it would not be first on my desired list of places to go today...although I just had a friend who came back from a vacation there. As to the cliff divers, there is certainly an element of risk and daring in what they do! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi teaches,

What a coincidence that your father was a cliff diver! Did he do it in Acapulco or elsewhere in Mexico? Would be interesting if it was the same exact place. Thanks for your comment.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 23, 2012:

This was such an enjoyable read, Peggy. It reminded me of the vacation I took years ago at Puerta Vallarta, before it became the tourist destination it is now. Your pictures captured that special air and light quality that belongs to the west coast of Mexico.

I don't know that I could watch these divers in person...it's too scary even on film! Thanks so much for sharing. Up, interesting, beautiful!

Dianna Mendez on October 23, 2012:

I watched the video and as amazed at how close they are to those jagged rocks. My father was a cliff diver in Mexico. It is funny, but his kids are not avid swimmers... including me. Thanks for sharing this adventure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Yes, these cliff divers who are seen walking across the cliff have to be strong and agile and certainly well practiced. This is certainly extreme diving to say the least! So happy to know that you liked this and thanks for the shares.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2012:

Hello Vellur,

I can well imagine that there have probably been mishaps through the years. I guess that is part of the thrill of watching the cliff divers...similar to watching tightrope walkers or other dare devil feats. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 23, 2012:

I have heard of these cliff divers before, but I never saw a video of it being done. Those poor divers not only dive down into the water, but then they must climb back up the cliff to do it all over again! They are very brave, I think.

I voted this Hub UP, etc., shared, Tweeted, and posted on my FB wall for my friends to enjoy.

Great Hub, Peggy.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 22, 2012:

WOW this place sounds awesome. Those divers are dare devils. Just imagine if they don't time the dive correctly they could plunge to their death. The photos are amazing. Enjoyed reading about Acapulco. Voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

Did the divers in Hawaii dive off of such high heights as in Acapulco? My husband & I spent some time on the Big Island of Hawaii but did not see such things. It must have been a different island? Have you written about it? Would be interesting to read and see. Thanks for your comment.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 22, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this. I have seen the divers in Hawaii many moons ago.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi Gene,

Crazy or brave...perhaps a bit of both goes into the daring it would take to become one of these La Quebrada cliff divers in Acapulco. Appreciate your comment!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi Don,

I literally grew up swimming since my parents initially lived on a lake and after building their home in the country (my first memory) my grandmother still lived on the lake. Diving is fun...but the type diving the professionals do in Acapulco would scare most people...me included. No way would I even jump that far off of a cliff into the surging waves of the ocean! Appreciate your comment, vote and the share.

Gene Jasper on October 22, 2012:

They are braver or crazier, or both, than I could be.

Gene

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 22, 2012:

Hi Peggy, Somewhere I have heard of these divers. Since I can't swim I would not try it. Even if I could swim I have doubts although diving is one of the attractive things about water sports. I think I would do it on a more modest style though. It would be an interesting attraction. voted and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi Billy,

It took all my nerve to just jump off of a regular high dive a few times in my life. Ha! These high divers at La Quebrada are obviously well experienced and trained. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2012:

Hi everythingdazzles,

I would never consider leaping off of that cliff in Acapulco or anywhere else from a height like that for that matter. It certainly is something to view, however! Talk about an adrenalin rush!!! Thanks for your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 22, 2012:

Love it, but I can say with all certainty that I have never wanted to dive off those cliffs and I never will. I know for a fact I would freeze at the top. It takes more than I've got to do that kind of stuff.

Great account of it; thanks!

Janelle from Houston on October 22, 2012:

Woah thats crazy. I could never do that haha.

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