Recently when we looked through old pictures, we realized to how many places we have been – long before we thought of or even started this blog. So, we decided to share with you once a week a place we explored in the past in our rubric “Been There Yesterdays”.
Acapulco, Mexico’s most famous Pacific beach town, is a coastal city built into picturesque mountains. The modern era of tourism started in the 1920s after the first highway to Mexico City opened and a small airport was built. Acapulco started growing up into the hills from the beach and quickly became a getaway for Hollywood stars and other celebrities.
We have visited this beautiful town many times whilst working on ships before the current crisis related to “war-like” scenes between drug cartels struck.
The highlight of the visit was always the La Quebrada Cliff Divers, a group of professional high divers, who perform daily for the public. During the five shows (some during the night performed with torches), the brave divers plunge 35 meters from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the Pacific Ocean. The depth of water in the “Gulch” can vary from 1.8 meters to 4.9 meters depending on the waves, with an average depth of 3.7 meters.
Jorge Monico Ramirez Vasquez, member of a three-generation family of cliff divers, says, “Timing is the key. Three seconds it takes to arrive at the sea. Only five seconds of high waves tide – a two second span for any error.”
It is truly breathtaking just watching them!