People of my age might remember the old Holliwood movie featuring La Quebrada Cliff Divers in Acapulco.
The 1963 American musical comedy movie “Fun in Acapulco” starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress made this place famous.
This is a very steep cliff rising out of the Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of Acapulco, Mexico. Courageous and very experienced divers perform every day jumping from the top of it into the ocean. In the movie, Elvis was one of them.
It takes a big gumption to dive from a 115 ft (35 meter) high cliff into the turbulent water of a narrow gorge not wider than 48 ft (14.6 meters). Is this not amazing? – * Click on the photos for a larger view!
I uploaded all these images below to my Fine Art America gallery and they are available as art prints. Just click on them to see all the options:
At that time in my life I was impressed and delighted by the movie. However, I never ever thought that one day I would be able to see this place with my own eyes!!! I’m so grateful to my husband for this!
The cliff was already well-known because of these performances, but after the movie it became an iconic landmark. The cliff divers are still performing everyday here to the amazement of the tourists.
I made a collage as a poster or postcard with some sequences of this incredible performance:
And here is a greeting card using my collage:
At the time of the movie and after, the beauty of Acapulco beaches and the surroundings attracted many rich and famous people, including many Hollywood stars.
One of the places where the stars used to hang out was the Los Flamingos hotel – a must to visit place. Here you can see photos and memorabilia related to these old movie titans. Elvis stayed there during the production of the movie too.
For the fun of the WP challenges, I previously posted it to: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steep | Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue | Friendly Friday: Whereabouts |
I updated my post today and posted it to: Daily Word Prompt for today: Gumption
BTW: See my other Steep Jumping post this time from Las Vegas:
Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas – Jumping down from the Top of the World
Yes, it is an amazing sight! Did they come round afterwards and ask for donations – that happened to us as we were just watching the action
Oh, hard to remember as it was in 2008 🙂 However, if it didn’t remain vividly in my memory it’s because it was insignificant to me. They probably did, and that was very good, as they really deserved much more than a small donation!
Thank you very much! Yes, it was amazing and as I understood, there is a whole training school on this and a lot of sportives from the USA enrolled in it.
I’d be afraid of jumping back into the rock wall. Wonderful photos for this week. 😀
Oh, this is not a sport to be done by tourists, like the Slotzilla in Vegas for example: http://vegasgreatattractions.com/slotzilla-zip-line/
It is a show that ONLY very experienced divers ca do 🙂
Oh wow, that’s amazing. But not for me though.
It’s worth watching it 🙂
I have done bungee jumping but cliff jumpers are mad. Nice photos though!
Thank you 🙂
Well, there’s another place on the bucket list! Thank you for bringing this wonderful place back into my memory. In the ’70s, there was an annual event covered by ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the USA. Always thrilling. And I’d totally forgotten about it. <3
In the 70′ I was more interested in Elvis Presley the sports… LOL
Wow! They dive from way up there over those rocks? That’s amazing
It is even incredible, but they do – I saw them…