Wrapping around the mountains surrounding the city, El Veladero National Park serves the ecological purpose of protecting Acapulco's vital watershed. The park safeguards the mantle of hills that make up the Amphitheatre of Acapulco Bay, providing an environmental buffer zone from the development and human activity in the city. Forested and jungle-like in spots, the park supports a diverse variety of plant and animal life, including sea eagles, song birds, boa constrictors, and iguanas. Trails exist for those interested in hiking in the park for stunning views of Acapulco Bay and an escape to unspoilt nature.
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