Acapulco: Former spring break go-to's appeal drying up amid record cartel violence

Over 50 years of corruption, uncontrolled construction and an absence of any kind of urban planning has transformed Acapulco into a chaotic metropolis. All photos courtesy of Jan-Albert Hootsen.

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    The sun sets over the horizon in Acapulco, where an influx of crime has diminished the appeal of this once ideal vacation spot.
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    The bay of Acapulco.
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    The urban sprawl of Acapulco, which grew from a mere 50,000 inhabitants in the 1950s to over a million today.
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    Acapulco law enforcement officials investigate the crime scene at Avenida Cuauthémoc, where last Tuesday a young man was shot while riding his motorbike.
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    Acapulco law enforcement carrying away the body of a young man who was shot while riding his motorbike last Tuesday at Avenida Cuauthémoc.
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