La Bufadora

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La Bufadora

La Bufadora is a blowhole and tourist attraction located on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico, about 17 miles south of Ensenada.

Natural phenomenon[edit]

La Bufadora is often considered a marine geyser,[1] however, it does not have a thermal source or cause, as geysers do. In this case, the spout of sea water is the result of air, trapped in a sea cave, exploding upwards. Air is forced into the cave by wave action and is released when the water recedes, ejecting water up to 100 ft. above sea level.[2] This interaction not only creates the spout, but a thunderous noise as well.

The interval between eruptions is fairly constant, and matches the dominant swell, confirming that the activity at La Bufadora is determined by surface ocean waves. Between 2005 and 2011 the recurrence between eruptions was between 13 and 17 seconds.[2]

La Bufadora is the second largest blowhole in the world,[3] and the only one in North America.[4]


The legend regarding La Bufadora is that a whale became trapped in the rocky point and blew water to attract its pod’s attention. Eventually, the whale turned to stone, staying there forever.[3]

Tourist attraction[edit]

La Bufadora is one of Ensenada's main tourist attractions,[5][6] and there are several souvenir and food vendors overlooking the site.[7] In 2017, 150 businesses were operating at La Bufadora.[8]


  1. ^ Zanella, Gretel (2018-06-12). "La Bufadora geiser marino Ensenada". El Universal (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  2. ^ a b Fuentes, Oscar Velasco (2013). "The Activity of la Bufadora, A Natural Marine Spout in Northwestern Mexico". Fluid Dynamics in Physics, Engineering and Environmental Applications. Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. pp. 353–360. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27723-8_32. ISBN 9783642277221. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "La Bufadora". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  4. ^ "From Ensenada to La Bufadora: scenery, cliffs and geysers". Baja's Best. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  5. ^ ,"LA BUFADORA – Baja California" (in Mexican Spanish). Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  6. ^ "Ensenada | Baja California | Turismo | Guía y Alojamiento para visitar". Guía de México | Turismo e información (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  7. ^ "La Bufadora". The Last Adventurer. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  8. ^ González Sánchez, Alma Delia; Moreno Neri, José de Jesús (October 2017). "Competitividad en negocios de la zona turística de La Bufadora en Ensenada, Baja California". XXII Congreso Internacional de Contaduria Administracion e Informatica (in Spanish).

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Coordinates: 31°43′27″N 116°43′23″W / 31.72420°N 116.72294°W / 31.72420; -116.72294