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Acapulco suffers insomnia, it never sleeps, always unease, sweating life, moving at the rhythm imposed by the ocean waves, or the ballrooms on bohemian nights. Here you will sense the lack of time but never of fun: beaches, aquatic sports, shopping malls, frantic discotheques… uh, and of course the traces of a past of which little is known as well.

Acapulco, in the State of Guerrero, is one of the jewels of international tourism. When visiting it, do not fail to take a look at the following places:

-Plaza Álvarez or Zócalo: It is the main plaza in the City and one of the few spaces that show architectonic features of the old Acapulco. It is a quiet place with refreshing fountains of water, varied vegetation and benches luring you to take a break.

-Cathedral of Our lady of Solitude: Its simple architectonic features show Spanish and Moor influences, with outstanding domes similar to the Byzantine towers of the mesquites. Its interior is decorated with glazed tiles while the floor is covered with golden mosaics. It was built in 1930 and it worked as a film set before becoming a temple.

-Fort of San Diego: It was built by the Spaniards to protect themselves from the pirates that razed the coasts of Acapulco with the purpose of attacking the Galleons of Manila and Nao, which returned from the east loaded with valuable goods.
The Fort was refurbished in 1776. It is made of stones with a pentagonal shape, and protecting moats surrounding its numerous precincts. It is situated on N° 1 Hornitos Street, Colonia Centro and is currently the seat of the Historic Museum of Acapulco.
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    • Historic Museum of Acapulco: Its 10 rooms house permanent and temporary exhibitions that reflect Acapulco's history, since the first human vestiges found (3000 BC) until our days, passing by the Spanish conquer, the commercial relation with the east, the attacks of pirates and corsairs, and the Mexican revolution. Besides, it hosts music performances and plays.
    Dolores Olmedo Art Gallery -Dolores Olmedo Art Gallery: It is the house of a renowned patron and art collector and a cultural corner in Acapulco. Amongst her priceless artworks there is an outstanding mural by Diego Rivera, who made use of his stay in 1956 to paint the god Quetzalcóatl, whom he represented as a feathered serpent.
    The Gallery is on 4455 Miguel Alemán Coastal Avenue.

    -Ecumenical Chapel of Peace: Mr and Mrs Trouyet decided to create a space of harmony and spirituality on the highest zone of Acapulco, which would welcome believers of all religions without any distinction whatsoever. That is how this Chapel was born and its 42-metre high cross can be watched from any place in the City.
    Located in the exclusive zone of Las Brisas, the Chapel has a vantage point that offers an impressive panorama of Acapulco's Bay.

    -Acapulco International Convention Centre: It is the cultural core of the City. It has theatres such as the Netzhualcoyotl and the Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, where colourful folkloric presentations with music and dances of the region take place. It has an extension of 43 acres and its architectonic design shows modern and pre-Hispanic features.

    -Noa Noa Crafts Market: Located in the zone of Hornos, it gathers beautiful and singular works full of creativity and good taste. The objects made with mineral and precious stones stand out. The prices are also very interesting.

    -Papagayo Roller Park: Also known as Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, it has a 21-hectare extension "sown" with children playgrounds, slides, a scenic train, pedal boats, an ice skating court, and even an ancient Spanish galleon. It is very close to downtown Acapulco, between Insurgentes and Avilés Avenues.

    -Nightlife: When the sun sets, the City is transformed; Acapulco awakens to the charms of the shadows, lets her-self be seduced by the dancing of the lights, gets excited with the rhythm of the music, and gets drunk amongst margaritas and tequilas. The fun point is at the Scenic Highway, continuation of the Miguel Alemán Coastal Avenue, where the main nightclubs and discotheques are located.

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