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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 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!


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

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