Our trip to Acapulco is all about seeing the cliff divers again, and getting some good photos and of course relaxing in the beautiful Hotel Los Flamingos.
Our day started with breakfast at the hotels terrace dining area, then we walked around the grounds, a veritable jungle of plants and trees and path ways, we located the pool with plans to swim later. Next we flagged a taxi outside our hotel grounds, most taxi’s are VW bugs. This makes getting in and out of a bit difficult as some have the front seat moved all the way up to make it easier to get in the back and others have it pushed back so you can sit in the front. Either way it’s a bit difficult and when you ask “cuanto cuesta “ to your destination they say “very cheap”, or “what you want to pay.” Mostly it’s about 5 bucks to everywhere.
It is truly amazing as they start from the water and scale the cliff they are going to dive from. No safety harness, no repelling gear, no pick axe or pegs, their only equipment is the “Speedo” they wear. There are several different natural platforms in the cliff they dive from, that is if you can call a flat spot on the cliff that really isn’t more than a few inches wide a platform. Their dives are graceful, and obviously well times with the tide and current.
The tiny inlet they dive into is only about 13 ft deep at the highest tide deepest current, with beautiful blue water, but the divers do a sweep to clean the water it of any floating debris that could cause them injuries
We choose to watch them from the lowest vantage point, a small pavilion a couple of hundred steps down the hillside. It costs 40 pesos to watch from there and that money goes to the divers along with any tip money they can get from the tourists.
Going down was easy, going up hot and tiring but well worth the show, one of the divers we visited afterwards said he’d been diving for 18 years, which would have made him about 10 or 12 when he started. Some of the other divers we saw were young, but not children. They were very gracious and signed shirts for our grandsons.We were amazed not only the height of their dives but at what beautiful dives they did.
Next we flagged VW cab and headed for the Zocolo. Acapulco has a beautiful square with huge trees, and a large gazebo facing the very busy street that runs along the water front, on the opposite side is a very beautiful church. Along both sides are shops and restaurants filled with people shopping and alley ways off the main square with shops and booths of just about everything. A small shop with very bright colors caught our eye and I purchased two pairs of capri’s and the Senor bought 2 pairs of shorts for 6.90 pesos each.
Although it was past lunch time we weren’t really hungry and decided Ice cream would be just right. We picked a side-walk café and ordered “malteados” which were listed in English as milk shakes. Well milk shakes they were, I don’t think there was any ice cream in them at all, but tasty none the less. Then back to our lovely hotel for siesta and dinner.
As we opened our door on to the veranda, the wind came up quite strong, but it was a warm wind and continued most of the night. We had a nice dinner of broiled chicken for the Senor and a tuna stuffed tomato for me as once again we watched the beautiful sunset. We retired to our room to read catch up on the news and sort through our pictures. A very pleasant day in Acapulco, a lovely place to visit, but too crowed and busy to ever want to stay here. For some reason the internet went out and ended the news for the Senor and brought our day to a close. signing off KO