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Trip Start Mar 21, 2007
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Its fair to say that I've always wanted to come here since the Phil Collins' film about the Great Train Robbery - sad, I know but true!

Arrived about 7am on the overnight bus from Puerto Escondido. The bus station was miles out of town so forked out 60pesos for a taxi, a least the prices were standardised on a chart for you to see.

Decided to try the hotel of my namesake for a laugh - Hotel Paola in downtown Acapulco! Turned out to be cool. Very pink but appropriately tacky for Acapulco I thought! Good sized balcony and a decent view for 200pesos a night. Crashed out for a while then got it together and went out for a walk.

Was expecting tacky central like Cancun, but actually it's not nearly as bad. The bay area is lovely, although beaches are quite dirty, but the surrounding hills make it very picturesque. It has an old-worldy feel of glamorous movies and cocktails, and a certain mystique that appeals to me. Decided I like Acapulco! Watched a young guy practising diving off the cliffs for ages.

The main reason for coming was to see the 'amazing cliff divers', who dive up to 100ft from the rocks into the sea. Got to the final 10.30pm show, a bit the worse for wear from the cheap bottle of Pina Colada cocktail we'd bought and several beers etc. throughout the day! The show was excellent, they time their dives with the incoming waves (but sometimes don't look too happy doing it)! Afterwards we headed back to the hotel for tunes on the balcony.

Next day we wandered around a bit more then took the bus to the beach along by the main hotel strip, the water was excellent fun. Had a cheeky Margarita on the beach - mmmm mm mmmm! Walked home, dinner on the way - a gorgeous seafood cocktail with octupus, red snapper and shrimp. We talked a local shopkeeper into giving us a bag of ice cubes (as a freebie) for the remaining pina colada (which I had to drink as Welly couldn't handle it) and a newly acquired bottle of Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Cana (under 4 quid). Tunes on the balcony again, this time til about 8am. Well it was Saturday night after all!

On the Sunday decided to stay one more night. We visited Fuerte de San Diego, a fortress built in the 16th century to protect the Spanish ships and the bay area from them thar pirates . Quite interesting - Acapulco was a major port during the initial circumnavigation of the globe and in the transferring of retail stuff from Asia to Europe. And I thought it was just another holiday resort. It was also where the last battle for Mexican Independence from the Spanish was fought (although there wasn't much in the museum about that).

Left the next day in search of different beach action.
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