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La Quebrada

Acapulco

In 1930, when Acapulco wasn´t considered a touristic attraction yet, the birth of a game between young and brave boys took place. This game consisted of jumping off a cliff 114 feet high that formed when the hill got dynamited to create new roads.

The challenge gained such fame that with time they created the first Asociación de Clavadistas (divers union). That´s how the birth of one of the most impressive and significant performances took place in Acapulco, available to watch five times a day. The most acclaimed divers are the ones performing the last jump, at 10:30 pm because they use torches to light their feet.

A temple of the Virgen de Guadalupe (virgin mother Mary) marks the highest point of the cliff “La Quebrada.” Here the divers do the cross signal, raise their arms, and wait for the tide to raise 19 feet. The sound of the waves crashing is the indicator to jump off and spin! In less than two seconds they´re in the sea. The less experienced divers have the option to jump from a 60 or 70 foot cliff.

To watch this brave perfromance at La Quebrada, there are two overlooking places: one at the bottom of the cliff with a price of 40 pesos per adult ticket and 15 pesos for children, or at La Perla, a restaurant in the Hotel Mirador, famous for hosting the honeymoons of Mexican personalities María Felix and Agustín Lara, who got the inspiration to write the famous song “Maria Bonita”.
In 1930, when Acapulco wasn´t considered a touristic attraction yet, the birth of a game between young and brave boys took place. This game consisted of jumping off a cliff 114 feet high that formed when the hill got dynamited to create new roads.

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The challenge gained such fame that with time they created the first Asociación de Clavadistas (divers union). That´s how the birth of one of the most impressive and significant performances took place in Acapulco, available to watch five times a day. The most acclaimed divers are the ones performing the last jump, at 10:30 pm because they use torches to light their feet.

A temple of the Virgen de Guadalupe (virgin mother Mary) marks the highest point of the cliff “La Quebrada.” Here the divers do the cross signal, raise their arms, and wait for the tide to raise 19 feet. The sound of the waves crashing is the indicator to jump off and spin! In less than two seconds they´re in the sea. The less experienced divers have the option to jump from a 60 or 70 foot cliff.

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