Acapulco serves not only as a popular tourist attraction, but as a major sea port that runs through the Panama Canal. Acapulco is known by many, but what hidden treasures it holds have yet to be discovered by tourist. In Acapulco, the history is timeless, the culture is captivating, the food is delicious, and the attractions are a sure way to experience a once in a lifetime getaway.
Acapulco was first inhibited by the Nahuas tribe almost 2,000 years ago. In 1521, under the order of Hernán Cortés, Fransico Chico arrived in the area and conquered Acapulco, naming it Santa Lucía. It quickly become an important trade center between Asia and America, creating much success for the area. However, in the 18th century, Acapulco was destroyed by an earthquake which is common in the area. After the earthquake, Acapulco was slowly recreated, but it wasn’t until the 19th Century and the Gold-Rush, that Acapulco gained back its importance. By the 1950s, Acapulco become a popular tourist attraction, as celebrities from around the world could be found spending a getaway in Acapulco.
Acapulco follows many of the traditional Mexican celebrations that make it the captivating culture it is today. Residents celebrate Day of the Dead, Dia de la Raza, the Mexican Revolution, Posadas of Christmas, Three Kings Day, and Virgin of Guadalupe Festival, to name a few. Acapulco mainly follows the Roman Catholic religion and allows for a very casual lifestyle as it is often considered the “24-Hour Paradise.” Since Acapulco’s economy was built largely as a tourist attraction, the locals are open to the idea of Acapulco being a tourist city. Locals are very friendly and are willing to speak the tourist language rather than speaking their native language which is Spanish.
Besides the beautiful beaches, the spectacular shopping, or the fun and exciting nightlife, Acapulco offers many attractions that are suitable for all ages. The CICI, which stands for “Centro Internacional de Convivencia Infantil” is a water-sports park that is great for families visiting Acapulco. Along with wave pools for everyone to swim in, the CICI offers interactive shows such as sea lion and dolphin shows. If you are searching for a more historic attraction, Fuerte de San Diego is an ideal place to visit. It was originally built in 1616, but had to be restored after the 1776 earthquake destroyed it. The fort was built to protect the Spanish and their trading route between Mexico and the Philippines. This is a great place to learn a little about Acapulco history. Laguna de Tres Palos is a great attraction for those looking for a more outdoorsy adventure. The swamp that surrounds the Laguna de Tres Palos was the location for the first Tarzan movie. Bird watching is a must as the Laguna is home to many wild species and countless other types of animals.
Acapulco offers a variety of food choices sure to fit anyone’s appetite. Acapulco is known for its “mariscos” or seafood, with your choice of spicy or sweet sauces. The simplest seafood dishes such as “mojo de ajo,” or garlic and olive oil sauce on fish, and “pescado a la talla,” meaning the fish is tossed in a chili and mayonnaise sauce, are some of the best in town. The chiles and sauces that accompany the seafood are so hot that they are sure to get your taste buds tingling. On Thursdays you can find the locals of Acapulco cooking a Mexican favorite, pozole. They stick to the traditional pozole ingredients including white hominy, pork, radishes, raw onions, lettuce, and lime. Acapulco is definitely the place to be if you want to try some unforgettable and mouthwatering food.
The history, culture, food, and attractions make Acapulco the place it is today. With so much to offer, Acapulco has certainly created a name for itself. Built on the idea of a tourist attract, Acapulco is now the most visited place in Latin American. It is a promising get-away for great times and everlasting memories for the whole familia.