Brave men defy death in La Quebrada de Acapulco

The La Quebrada Cliff Diving as seen from the Mirador La Quebrada look-out point.

La Quebrada Cliff Divers are a group of professional high divers, based in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico.

They perform daily shows for the public, which involve diving 30 meters (100 ft) or 41 meters (135 ft) from the cliffs of La Quebrada into the sea below.

The depth of water can vary from 4.8 meters (16 ft) to 5.8 meters (19 ft) depending on the waves.

The width of the channel varies from 12.8 meters (42 ft) to 14.6 meters (48 ft).

Timing is crucial for the divers. As you can see at 06:10 in this video, the last guy just took quite his time to make that last jump of the day.


La Quebrada (Spanish for “gulch” or “ravine”) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Acapulco, Mexico. 

Divers entertain tourists by jumping off either of two ledges on the cliff, one that is 40 feet (12 m) high, and the top one which is 80 feet (24 m) high.

The divers must calculate the right moment to jump to catch an incoming wave and avoid serious injury or death. Occasionally jumpers dive with a torch.

Most of the divers come from the family of Quebrada divers. Although cliff diving at La Quebrada had taken place for many years, it was not until 1934 that the La Quebrada Cliff Divers was formed.

In one of the walls of the cliff, there is a path and a restaurant where tourists gather to watch the human divers and to view pelicans diving for fish.

Mirador Acapulco

Location

The Guerrero Post