It's a blowhole. Water sprays up, which is pretty. Whether it's worth the 40 minute drive both ways and enduring the gauntlet of medium-aggressive vendors to reach the blowhole viewing deck is kind of a judgment call.
The blowhole is really something and if you've never seen one, it's fun to watch. Mostly, this is a 45 minute bus ride to a shopping area. Most of the tour is the tour guide telling you which places will give you her special discount. If you like to haggle, this is the place for you. I hate it and hate walking 1/4 of shops with everyone trying to get you to look at their wares.
The bus line that picked us up from the ship offered shore excursions. They took us to La Bufadora and to a Marketplace. The vendors were a bit aggressive and loud. It made me feel like I was in a Cairo Market. But the price was half of what the ship was charging
There was a quick stop at the old resort and casino from the 1930's. Interesting short tour. The blow hole was amazing to see once you got there. You do have to walk thru a ton of vendors all cat calling for your business. If you do choose to purchase something bargain, bargain, bargain. We choose to ignore them all. I do recommend trying the fresh churros for $3.
In Ensenada we were on our own and using the shuttle tour company Del Mar tours we booked a Bufadora excursion. We had visited this many years ago and it has gone through many improvements through the years. The road to the attraction has been repaved and there are now clean bathrooms in several locations. The best fish and shrimp tacos can also be found located behind the shuttle bus and taxi parking lot. The Bufadora did not disappoint and we got a good shower while filming the attraction. Before going to this attraction I would recommend checking the tide charts to see what time high tide is to get the best experience. My only complaint for this tour was the wasted time spent "introducing" us to the various vendors that are "guaranteed" to give us a "good price". I understand that the tour company gets reimbursement from both tourists and vendors. I would recommend to those taking this tour to go ahead of the tour guide so that you can spend more time on your own
Bus trip. The blow hole was very interesting. On the way to the blow hole we walk a gauntlet of many small crafts booths, souvenir shops and food places. Streets were muddy and the temperature was cool (60 degrees) and rainy. Ate some authentic tacos and enjoyed the day. Also toured the city and the old casino/resort. It was nicely preserved and interesting to tour. The people we met were very friendly and hospitable.
Really not enough time to walk around and have lunch. Take some snacks if you think that you might get hungry. The stop at the town community center was a waste of time unless you really care about the history of Ensenada.
We were just going to go shopping and walking and were steered to a shuttle to the downtown area for $3. return. On the bus they told us about a trip to La Bufadora for only $15 each ($38 each on the ship). 45 minute bus ride with a graet host and a million dollar view at the blowhole with all the Mexican trinkets and t-shirts that you could handle. Very glad we got on board with this tour - worth every penny and more.
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