A while back I popped on the forum to reply to a thread entitled "why don't they come to Acapulco." My contribution was scant - only to say that I was coming on a cruise stop. I wanted to follow up because I received encouragement for my visit by the posters on this board. So here is what I have to say about coming to Acapulco. I really enjoyed it and I am glad I went. My family and I toured with Rudy F. (Tours by Van) for the day. We saw the sights like the Chapel of Peace and the House of the Winds mosaic. We took in the vistas, views and churches. But, the true highlight for us was a visit to the local market where we wandered for quite a while. We looked at the wonderful produce, sampled some juices and fruits and gazed at chickens hanging in the heat that we would not be brave enough to buy, but might make good ornaments for a dead chicken tree. We even drank cocoa water (no we did not get sick and we were not afraid to drink it). Rudy our guide made our time there amazing. We visited the witchcraft stalls and learned that "black chicken" soap will cleanse away evil spirits. I got some, my husband is still around - it doesn't work. The sheer number of icons of the white faced girl was overwhelming. She clearly has a following if supply is any indication of demand. Our time in the market was fun, in large part, because Rudy stopped and engaged with the sellers and we got the benefit of those interactions and learning about how the locals shop. The flowers were amazing and fresh. The man who ran the pepper stall was wanted to show us his peppers (not because he wanted us to buy them, he knew we would not because of our day visit), but because he was proud of them and wanted us to know they were of very good quality (which they were as was so much of the great produce - I would love to have such fresh food options here at home). Rudy showed us how, if some of the folks did not have as much money, they could go to other produce stalls to get older produce - perfectly good, just not as pretty. Kind of like what has happened to me in the two plus decades that have elapsed since my 20th birthday! It really was a wonderful time and I could have spent all day roaming that market.
Of course, Acapulco has its problems. They are well documented and it would be less than honest not to acknowledge that, but as a tourist on that day we had no sense of those problems. As a tourist, It is hard to say that any place is perfectly safe because such information is really only a matter of perception anyway. I also would not say Acapulco is not safe. It seems to me that it is neither. Acapulco, like most other places in the world provides its own set of factors of which to be aware. Would I return - yes - without hesitation. I truly hope Acapulco rises again and "they do come." It deserves as much.