La Bufadora in Ensenada
La Bufadora is a marine geyser, or Blowhole located on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico. La Bufadora is considered as the second highest marine geyser in the world, after Hawaii, and can shoot upwards as high as 80 feet above sea level. When the waves hit the cliff it makes a pounding sound. A legend surrounds this sound at it goes; a mother whale returned with her new-born calf from the breeding grounds. One night the calf explored an under water cave in the cliffs of Punta Banda. A whale calf grows very fast, by morning he was too big to squeeze through the narrow, crevice-like entrance of the cave. Whalers started seeing a small spout rising from the cave and heard the frightened sobs of the trapped baby whale. As years passed the spouts and cries grew. What we see today is the spout and call of a still-trapped but now full-grown leviathan. La Bufadora in Ensenada can be viewed from the cliff above or by kayak from the water. This area also offers amazing scuba diving.
Getting to La Bufadora
The village of La Bufadora is an hour's drive south of Ensenada on Mex highway 1. The trip to La Bufadora is very scenic as it winds around mountain roads with views of the water on both sides. One of the best times to see La Bufadora is at high tide and during the months of December through March, because you may spot gray whales from observation decks near the blowhole. There are several parking lots and restrooms here, however all of them require a small fee. To get to the actual geyser you will need to walk through about a mile of shops, bars, street vendors, and restaurants. There are even several gentleman dressed in a very elaborate Indian dress and doing native dances. At the end of the road is the geyser, which can be heard. Prepare to get wet if you head down to watch La Bufadora.