Essential Ensenada - Four things to do in 48 hours

Situated just 70 miles south of the US border along the spectacular Pacific coast, Ensenada offers a relaxing alternative to Tijuana, its more boisterous big brother on the border. That's not to say you can't have an action-packed visit though, with a variety of attractions within easy reach.


La Bufadora

One of the most bizarre attractions in the whole of Mexico, no visit to Ensenada is complete without a trip twenty miles south to Punta Banda to witness "La Bufadora". Waves crashing against the rugged rocks force air into a cave. When the air escapes through a blowhole above it creates a loud snorting noise and water shoots up to 30 metres (100 feet) into the air, often soaking the gathered onlookers! Market stalls and taco stands add to the fun.


World Class Street Food

Talking of taco stands, Ensenada offers a fantastic selection of eating options to suit any palette and any budget. Visitors are spoilt for choice for fine street food, not least from the award winning "La Guerrerense" taco stand, which recently won the top award at the LA Street Food Fest for their legendary fish and sea food selections, and thanks to the support of food dude Anthony Bourdain they made Newsweek's “101 Best Places to Eat In the World”.Tostadas covered in anything from octopus to sea urchin are a particular speciality.


Upmarket Dining

As well as the finest street food on Earth there is also internationally renowned food available from Ensenada's fine selection of restaurants, not least the upmarket Manzanilla, owned by TV chef couple Benito Molina and Solange Muris. Using locally sourced ingredients, whether we're talking about fish and seafood from the Pacific Ocean or fruit and vegetables from the Mediterranean-like Valle de Guadalupe a few miles inland, Manzanilla and others offer a fusion of Mexican, Asian and European influences to create an original cuisine being nicknamed "Baja Med".


Valle de Guadalupe

Just 13 miles or so inland from Ensenada, and with a microclimate similar to Tuscany, the Valle produces a wide range of fruit and vegetables for the local area. The grape is the most important, or more accurately the way in which the grape is used - the valley is home to a burgeoning wine industry. Vineyards such as Monte Xanic, Liceaga, Santo Tomas and Bibayoff, as well as a newly-opened Wine Museum and spectacular scenery, make the Valle an excellent place to visit for both the keen wine enthusiast and the more casual visitor.


Ensenada has a lot to offer its visitors (we haven't even mentioned its legendary bars like Hussong's and Papas & Beer!) - no one leaves disappointed.




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