Acapulco

Trip Start Mar 28, 2006
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Trip End Jun 28, 2007


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Friday, April 14, 2006

The beautiful bay of Acapulco greeted us next.

It was hot an humid like you wouldnīt believe. In true backpacker style we caught a local bus from the airport into town. We were actually staying near a small beach, just out of Acapulco town centre, called Playa La Angosta.

Once we got into the town centre we got a cab from there to our hotel in what turned out to be quite a comical journey. The cabbie that we got wasnīt sure where our hotel was, although we did have the address and it really wasnīt very far as it turned out. In any case he got some directions from his mate and we were off, it was all good. Until he stopped to get further directions from a traffic cop, then again from some locals. We thought it a little strange that he was having to ask so many times as we were pretty sure it wasnīt far at all. Anyway, we find ourselves at the top of a hill at a big carpark, heīs been directed to go left so he goes left, only once a car comes the other way does he realise that this is a one way street, so he decides to turn around, at least a 7 point turn (think Austin Powers in the little buggy turning around in the corridor) and whilst turning of course a police car comes... Once our intrepid driver has finished his turn and is heading the right way the boys in blue pull him over. We have stopped in a great spot and are treated to an impromptu cliff diving performance while the driver and the police are in a discussion which results in the taxi driver being given a ticket. When the driver comes back to the car he tells us that we have to pay the ticket! Then he gets the policeman to tell us the same in English!! We were having none of it and some fast spanish talking by Krystyna told him that his ticket wasnīt our problem. He didnīt really have a comeback for that so we were again on our way to the hotel. For the record, our from our hotel to where the cabbie picked us up is a 3 minute bus ride (on a different route!).

At least we got there and the view from our hotel was beautiful, looking out over the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs into the sea.

Our first day in Acapulco was spent on the main Acapulco beach in town. The water and beach were great, as was evidenced by the other million people on the beach, and we spent the day working on our tans.

Itīs really strange that despite how built up the beach area here is it is still really beautiful and the beaches are nice and clean.

In the evening we went for a walk along the main strip of bars, which was absolutely heaving with people and colour. Right in the middle of town is a bungy jump and you can pretty much stand underneath it and watch people jump off, itīs pretty cool. We spent the night in the bar next door, dancing and sampling local produce in the form of cocktails and Coronas, great for a 27 degree night!

Acapulco is famous for the cliff divers who jump from the cliffs of La Quebrada 50m into the sea below. Itīs a pretty special performance so we went twice, there is even a little kid who jumps, he canīt be more than about 10 years old, but he only jumps from halfway up (slacker).

We also did a boat cruise to the island of La Roqueta, outside of Acapulco Bay. We walked around the island to the side away from the beach for some spectacular views of the blue Pacific and the cliffs of the Island. The beach on this Island is really small and as a result is jam packed with holiday makers at this time of the year. Its pretty funny watching waiters who are left with no alternative other than to walk through the waves on the shore to serve their drinks as every inch of beach sand is taken up by people.

Tonight we are about to set off on our next leg, to Oaxaca, a 15 hour bus ride.
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