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Acapulco

Country
Mexico
State
Estado de Guerrero
City
Acapulco
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Acapulco’s General Juan N Alvarez International Airport (ACA) is located 26kms east of the centre of the city and is a modern facility offering daily scheduled flights to and from a large number of US, Canadian and European destinations. An airport minibus service (Servicio Colectivo) goes regularly to the city centre, dropping passengers off on request. Authorised taxis are available outside Arrivals; they take around 30 minutes to reach the beach area hotels. The airport offers good passenger facilities including a post office, bureaux de change and information desks.

By Bus

Buses run all day from Mexico City's Terminal Sur to Acapulco's Central Camionera Station, north of downtown. The travel distance is about 290kms and the journey takes around 4 to 5 hours. Buses have varying degrees of luxury and comfort, so make sure you know what you’re getting before buying your ticket.

By Car

Travelling via Highway 95, a four-to-six lane toll highway, takes 3 hours, 30 minutes from Mexico City and there is a steep toll charge. If time is not of importance but you are looking to save money, Highway 95D, a route that parallels Highway 95, is free, but journeys on this route take 6 hours from Mexico City due to its glut of continuous curves. Highway 200 drifts into Acapulco from both the north and south. Be careful when driving from the south, as theses routes have a history of robberies.

By Ferry

Acapulco is the second largest port in Mexico after Cozumel, receiving an average of 140 calls a year. The Maritime Terminal is undergoing major renovation. Several splendid international cruise liners cast ashore here.

Key places to visit
Fort San Diego, Revolcadero Beach, Parque Papagayo, Oxtotitlan Caves,


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Places to Visit

Fort San Diego

 Fort San Diego (Fuerte San Diego), originally erected between 1615 and 1617, was rebuilt in 1776 following an earthquake. Its main function was to defend the port against piracy. The fort is now the city's historical museum (Museo Histórico de Acapulco) with collections of documents and other items relating to the Conquest, the history of the fort itself, and Acapulco's trade with Asia. There is also a section devoted to the history of piracy in the Pacific.

Revolcadero Beach

This wide, white sand beach is lined with tropical plantations and palm groves. It is a beach comber’s paradise, with open-ocean surf and long, unscathed stretches of sand. The extravagant Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the friendly Fairmont Pierre Marqués resorts are on this beach. Two great 18-hole golf courses are located just behind these hotels. The Acapulco Princess, one of the world’s great hotels, has become a tourist attraction in its own right, and makes for a fun outing. Also worth a visit is the stylish Mayan Palace, a masterfully planned ultra-modern resort of canals, pools and dazzling Mayan decor. Two additional, excellent 18-hole golf courses, Tres Vidas and Mayan Palace, are also here.

Parque Papagayo

Built in 1981, this park got its name from the luxury hotel that used to be located here. Now the 21 hectares house a life-sized replica of a Spanish galleon, built for climbing on; a replica of the space shuttle Columbia; a roller skating rink; bumper boats and go-karts. While the kids are playing, parents can enjoy strolling through the aviary and gardens or shopping at the crafts village. Restaurants and cafés provide refreshments after a long afternoon. This is a good place to find some street food and a shady bench, and do some people-watching.

Oxtotitlan Caves

7km/4.3mi north of Chilapa lies the village of Acatlán near to where the Oxtotitlán Caves were discovered as recently as 1968. The two 30 m (98 ft) -deep stalactitic caves, reached after about 45 minutes up-hill walking, contain paintings which have been dated to between 900 and 700 bc. The motifs suggest Olmec origin. Pictures include a male figure seated on a jaguar throne, stylised jaguar heads and children's faces.

Right Time to Visit

October - March

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