From Ensenada to La Bufadora: scenery, cliffs and geysers

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Watching La Bufadora up close is a natural show #Ensenada

The scenic road along the coast of Baja California offers incredible panoramic views over cliffs, coves and beaches. 34 km South of Ensenada you arrive to La Bufadora, the only marine geyser in America and a landmark of Ensenada.

The coast around Ensenada has a rugged beauty. High rocky cliffs, incredible lookouts, charming beaches, places to discover. If you are coming from Tijuana, the scenic road (federal road 1) offers you beautiful scenery at each turn, with the sea on your right as you approach Ensenada.

Click on the map to explore #Ensenada and its coastal landscapes

Discovering the spectacular coast of #Ensenada

Sometimes nature gives us unforgettable experiences. Imagine being at the highest point of a cliff, at the end of Punta Banda, the Bay of Todos los Santos on one side, endless beaches and cliffs on the other, breeze on your face, sun touching you, clear blue skies, deep blue ocean. Between the rocks the agave flowers, kiotes, pot up, moved by wind. A ship sails by leaving a white trail. You get to the edge of the lookout to contemplate the magnificent nature, with panoramic views leaving you breathless. And the best, the sunset over the ocean. The most romantic moment of the day when the light paints the skies in pink and the sun sets beyond the Pacific.

If you like to explore and take road trips, go South from Ensenada towards Punta Banda. As you drive around the point you will find several excellent places to stop. Do it. Walk to the lookout at the edge of the cliff and feel the immensity of the ocean before your eyes. Smells of sea. Listen to the birds. Enjoy the moment.

La Bufadora, the only marine geyser in America, is in #Ensenada

When you come around the point continue to one of the most popular spots of Ensenada: La Bufadora, a natural marine geyser that amazes the young and old. Leave the car at the parking lot and walk towards the geyser. On the way you may eat braised oysters, drink a tropical cocktail and of course buy a souvenir from Ensenada. When you arrive at the geyser listen to the force of the water, can you guess why they called it the Bufadora (the blowhole)? Even if it is difficult to take a good photo we challenge you to try and share it with us! You also have great views from the lookout point next to the geyser.

Under pressure

The Bufadora effect happens when waves smash against the rock wall with great strength. At the precise place where the phenomenon occurs there are semi-submerged marine caves. The water arrives with great force and makes the air inside the caves contract until the point where the pressure is unsustainable and water is blown up to 20 m. upwards.

If you don’w want to drive don’t worry, you may take a tour of La Bufadora and enjoy the breathtaking views all the same. During the summer you may even take a kayak tour of La Bufadora, an incredible experience!

What will the weather be like in Ensenada?

WindNE 3.1
Humidity93 %
Pressure1019 hPa
Precipitation0 mm

From traveler to traveler

Ensenada, a pleasant coastal town, is just under two hours from Tijuana/San Diego. La Bufadora is South of Ensenada, on Punta Banda, 38 km from the city.


If you come by car you may leave it at the parking lot at the entrance for a fee. On the corridor to the lookout you will find all sorts of souvenirs, crafts, cocktails and food. Also shows with wild animals. Be respectful and don´t get your picture taken with those animals.

La Bufadora is a rare marine geyser you can visit in #Ensenada.
La Bufadora is a rare marine geyser you can visit in #Ensenada.