La Quebrada, Acapulco, is the site of the famous cliff divers performance. Since 1934 this has been one of Mexico’s feature attractions. The divers leap from cliffs 136 feet above the crashing Pacific, landing in an 11 feet deep inlet. There are five performances daily, including four evening shows, performed with divers carrying torches – an unforgettable spectacle. Best viewing is from La Perla Nightclub at the Cliffside El Mirador Acapulco (a cover charge applies).
Anyone who has watched Acapulco’s cliff divers plunge the 136 feet to the crashing sea may wonder how difficult a task this may be. 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.”
Jorge works out from 8 to 10 am for his twice daily plunge into the water, five times a week. Meditation and prayer is also part of his routine. Each time fear precedes the dive no matter how much practice or experience. If the diver starts his career at 17 and ends it at 45, he will take 15,560 plunges into the Quebrada during that time. Many cliff divers have been involved in accidents, most caused by the strong impact with the water. Remarkably, no deaths have been recorded.