Adventure Activities in Acapulco -- Try if You Dare
Beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and clear water make parasailing one of the most popular outdoor activities at Acapulco's Playa Condesa and other nearby beaches. You may have tried parasailing in other places where you sit on the back of a boat and are lifted off above the water and later land back on the boat, never getting wet. This experience is not like that at all.
You won't be launching or landing on a boat; instead, you start your trip by running on the beach with your parachute behind you. As you start to step into the ocean, you are quickly lifted off the ground and you begin to ascend to over 800 feet. Flying above the water, you soar with seagulls and other people who are parasailing around Acapulco. After spending ten or fifteen minutes in the air, you are slowly guided back down to the beach where you will hopefully come in for a safe landing. Make sure you follow all of the instructions given to you because the takeoff and landing are the most dangerous parts of this adventure activity in Acapulco.
Parasailing companies are very easy to find in Acapulco, as they depart from nearly every beach in the area. For just 200 pesos (around $20 USD), you can try parasailing at most any beach. If the tourist season has not yet begun, you can often bargain for a great deal, allowing you to get an extra ride for free.
2. Caving in the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park
The caverns of Grutas de Cacahuamilpa, discovered in 1834, are part of the largest cave systems ever discovered. However, the caverns are the main attraction to visitors on an adventure vacation. Many of the caves are over 250 feet tall and feature numerous tufas, stalagmites, and stalactites that are so large many areas appear to be forested by them.
Take the guided tour first, but re-enter the cave after your tour is over to experience the immense caverns on your own. After you finish your tour through the caverns, take the time to walk through the valley of the Rio Dos Bocas (River of Two Mouths), and explore the area where the park's two subterranean rivers, the San Jer-nimo and the Chontalcoatlan, emerge from the caves. Within the park's boundaries, in the Limontitla Canyon, you can rock climb and rappel after you finish touring and exploring the caves. The park boasts over 45 rock climbing routes with varying degrees of difficulty. The area is a paradise for anyone who likes adventure travel.
The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa park is open daily from 10AM-5PM. The cost for adults is 30 pesos.
3. Scuba Diving
Many people explore Isla La Roqueta in a glass bottomed boat. Exploring the island by boat is great, but if you want to get closer to the fish and the beautiful reefs, you need to be in the water. Scuba diving is one of the most adventurous outdoor activities Acapulco has to offer.
You don't have to worry about oxygen tanks and certifications; instead, you can concentrate on having a great time and exploring the reef without having to come up for air. Dive down twenty feet and cruise along the reef with the fish. You may see whale sharks, manta rays, sea horses, turtles, trumpet fish, as well as other sea life, depending on the season.
Acapulco Scuba Center, Paseo del Pescador 13-14, Acapulco, Mexico; +52-744-482-9474). The cost is $70 USD and tours depart at 9AM and 2:20PM, lasting around 4 hours. They also offer PADI diving courses.
4. Bungee Jumping at Playa Condesa
Playa Condesa is home to many an adventure activity in Acapulco, but the most adventurous one, and the one with the biggest adrenaline rush, is bungee jumping. You will always find a large crowd of spectators waiting to watch the daring jumpers from the 165 foot tower at Paradise Bungy.
Before you jump, make sure that you take in the beautiful beach and ocean view from the top of the tower. Get ready to jump 165 feet down from the tower into the large swimming pool that awaits you below. Prepare to get wet, because almost everyone who bungee jumps here gets at least a little bit wet. After you finish your jump, they won't cut you loose to fall into the pool; instead, they will pull you over to a deck where you can remove your equipment without getting wet.
Paradise Bungy Acapulco, Ave Costera Miguel Aleman 107, Playa Condesa, Acapulco, Mexico; +52-744-484-7529. The cost is 800 pesos (about $60 USD).
5. Climb El Tepozteco
Resting atop a mountain overlooking 2000 feet of sheer cliffs, El Tepozteco pyramid offers amazing views of the Tepoztlan Valley below. The pyramid was constructed in 1200 A.D. by the Aztec people to honor Tepoztecatl, or the god of "pulque", an alcoholic beverage. A visit here is one of Acapulco's best outdoor activities for those on an adventure vacation.
Unlike many ruins in Mexico, you cannot just walk right up to the ruins or hire a bike taxi. Without a road to follow, you will have to climb the steep and rocky 1.5 mile trail on foot to reach the mountaintop, where you will find the ruins of Tepozteco. While the trail is scenic on the way up, it also has poor footing and places where you must scramble up rocks to continue on the trail. If it has been raining, the trail will be incredibly muddy and wet, making the climb even more treacherous. The trail is very old, dating back to the time the pyramid was built, but it is relatively well maintained given the age of the trail.
El Tepozteco is open daily from 10AM-5PM. The hike is free, but the cost to enter the pyramid is around $3.