City Orientation Walk I, Acapulco (Self Guided)

Every city is so individual that it comes hard to describe it and even sometimes to understand its specific. Acapulco is one of those simple and at the same time adventurous and mysterious places which is interesting to get to know. Acapulco is a very welcoming town, with nice and friendly people. There so many fascinating things and spots to see that it is even hard to make a list of them. Check out some of the top tourist sights that you might also like to visit:
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City Orientation Walk I Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk I
Guide Location: Mexico » Acapulco (See other walking tours in Acapulco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Author: irenes
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Acapulco Historical Museum

1) Acapulco Historical Museum (must see)

The Acapulco History Museum is located in one of the most relevant historical buildings of the city - the Fort of San Diego. The fort features a pentagonal shape and dates back to the 17th century. It was opened to the public as a museum in 1986. The museum is dedicated to the history of Acapulco, offers 15 exhibition rooms, and its exhibits include archaeological remains from the Mezcala culture and artifacts relating to the Manila galleons, piracy, the Mexican War of Independence as well as exhibits about the fort itself.

Why You Should Visit:
Fantastic displays of early success with trade partners from the East going back to 1450 to 1600.
The signs are in both Spanish and English and there is plenty of information on all the boards.
Air-conditioned, inexpensive, well-kept, and in a great location, this is a wonderful museum.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-6pm; closed on Mondays
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House of the Masks

2) House of the Masks

Casa de las Mascaras, translated into English as "House of the Masks," is a splendid Mexican styled home, which eventually converted into a museum. The House of the Masks houses an enormous collection of unique artistic expression conveyed brilliantly into masks. The collection includes more than 500 pieces of art, each mask different from the other.
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Fort of San Diego

3) Fort of San Diego (must see)

One of the most relevant historical buildings of Acapulco is the Fort of San Diego, which displays a pentagonal shape and dates back to the 17th century. Initially built to protect the port and the cargo of arriving ships, the fort was once the most important Spanish fortress on the coast. Despite the fort's existence, a Dutch fleet invaded Acapulco in 1615, destroying much of the town and fort before being driven off. The fort was destroyed by an earthquake in 1776 and was rebuilt in 1783. Today, the Fort of San Diego is the home of the city's History Museum as well as a couple of crafts shops.

Why You Should Visit:
Right by the ocean and very inexpensive.
You can go on a boat tour, jet skiing and snorkeling.
All areas of the fort easily accessible & display rooms are air-conditioned.
However, its privileged views are what makes the fort a landmark of the Acapulco Bay.

Tip:
Bring a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella!

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-6pm; closed on Mondays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Zocalo (Plaza Álvarez)

4) Zocalo (Plaza Álvarez) (must see)

Zocalo is a charming plaza, situated on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue. The plaza is shaded, thanks to a plethora of multi-branched trees and plants. Zocalo is the town's main public square and attracts both locals and tourists. Acapulco’s Cathedral is located on the plaza along with a couple of nice fountains, as well as crafts and souvenir shops.

Why You Should Visit:
Traditional, beautiful, with excellent atmosphere; not necessarily the definitive classic party & clubbing hotspot but still fun.
Good place to take snapshots, buy souvenirs, try out shops and restaurants or just sit and people-watch.
Friday evenings from 6-8pm there is a live orchestra with ballroom dancing and the cutest elderly dancers around.

Tip:
Don't forget to visit the boardwalk!
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Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

5) Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (must see)

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad is the most famous and popular church of Acapulco. A bizarre structure built in 1930, the cathedral served as a film set in the beginning. Later on it was changed into a place of worship. Its design is a result of Moorish, Spanish, and native influences. The cathedral has a distinguishable blue dome and Byzantine towers similar to the ones of mesquites. The interior is decorated with glazed tiles and the floor is covered with golden mosaics. You can also see an extensive collection of religious items.

Why You Should Visit:
Located in the heart of the Zocalo square and very picturesque, with splendid valuable metals and artwork inside.

Tip:
They have an excellent vocal choir on Sundays, should you wish to attend the Eucharistic celebration.
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La Quebrada Cliff Divers

6) La Quebrada Cliff Divers (must see)

Enjoy dinner at the restaurant in the cliff wall and watch the La Quebrada Cliff Divers, a group of professional high divers, who perform daily shows for the public, which involve diving 35 metres (125 ft) from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea below. They have to identify the right moment and wait for a wave in order to avoid serious injuries. The depth of water in the "Gulch" can vary from 6 to 16 feet depending on the waves, with an average depth of 12 feet. You can also have fun watching pelicans diving for fish. La Quebrada means “gulch” from Spanish, it began in 1934 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Acapulco.

The 1963 Elvis Presley film "Fun in Acapulco" brought the cliffs to worldwide attention.

Tip:
You can join hundreds of people who watch the diving from the roadside, or you can pay a few dollars to view the clavadistas from a lower platform, or you can pay a pretty handsome amount at La Perla restaurant to get a better view.
There is a dive session during the day plus one at night.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Dolores Olmedo Gallery and Museum

7) Dolores Olmedo Gallery and Museum

The Dolores Olmedo’s Gallery and Museum was once the residence of the artist patroness and benefactress. Dolores was the eternal muse and lover of the famous painter Diego Rivera. Today, many of his brilliant works are preserved and exhibited. While at the building, you should also note the outside wall of the gallery which was depicts Quetzalcoatl, the god of the Aztecs and Xoloitzcuintle.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sinfonia del Mar

8) Sinfonia del Mar (must see)

Sinfonia del Mar is an old amphitheater, situated on a hill, that provides a fantastic view of the ocean. The atmosphere at Sinfonia del Mar is both historically significant as well as romantic. Performances are held occasionally, but the best and most memorable show is the sunset each night. Sinfonia del Mar is not so far from the famous La Quebrada Cliffs.

Tip:
Both the seating and the sunset are free. It is best to arrive here about an hour before sunset so that you can enjoy the cliffs as well.

Walking Tours in Acapulco, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Acapulco

Create Your Own Walk in Acapulco

Creating your own self-guided walk in Acapulco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Every city is so individual that it comes hard to describe it and even sometimes to understand its specific. Acapulco is one of those simple and at the same time adventurous and mysterious places which is interesting to get to know. Acapulco is a very welcoming town, with nice and friendly people. There so many fascinating things and spots to see that it is even hard to make a list of them. Check...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Shopping in Acapulco II

Shopping in Acapulco II

Ever dreamed about an unforgettable shopping experience in one of the top-visited cities of Mexico? Than Acapulco is just what you needed. The city features some of the best open door markets and shopping centers packed with sombreros, ponchos, handicrafts, and designer boutiques.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Shopping in Acapulco I

Shopping in Acapulco I

Shopping is considered something you can do in your free-time, and a hobby for others. If you are an individual who likes to shop, Acapulco is a great destination to expand your collection. The city is full of diverse flea markets, shopping centers, and malls.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Religious Sights of Acapulco

Religious Sights of Acapulco

Catholicism is the primary religion of Mexico, as 91% of the population claims to follow the religion. The Archdiocese of Acapulco is divided into three Dioceses: Chilpancingo-Chilapa, Ciudad Altamirano, and Tlapa as well as separate eparchies in Acapulco. The churches in Mexico are spiritually guided by the Pope, Rome’s Curia, and the Mexican Episcopal Conference.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Fun for Kids in Acapulco

Fun for Kids in Acapulco

When you travel with children, you must always cater to their needs as well as yours. If you are searching for entertainment for the whole family, Acapulco offers water sports, toboggans, and several other activities that will keep the entire gang enthused.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Acapulco for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Acapulco has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Acapulco, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.