As the Cruise Ship industry grows, more and more tourists are coming to Ensenada. The downtown tourist section has grown and developed. Stuttles are provided for those passengers who want to see La Bufadora and because of the influx this area too is being developed.
The more popular La Bufadora gets, the more stalls are set up. This may seem a bit of a tourist trap, but the mood is usually festive and seems almost like the carnival has come to the country. Well, I guess it has! Carnival Cruises that is.
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Street Begging in the Tourist Zone
There have been several articles in the local papers pointing out that certain individuals are exploiting women and small children who you may see begging (especially in the tourist zone along Lopez Mateos).
It is important to note that these selfish individuals keep the money collected for themselves. Those who don't work for them are driven out of the area so as not to compete for handouts from compassionate tourists.
As an alternative to giving cash (which will be taken away from them), you can maybe offer to buy them a taco or something to drink at one of the street stands...or some groceries at the Gigante or Calimax on Gastelum.
Let's be generous to the less fortunate who suffer in this world...but not to those who would exploit them.
As long as you realize that the whole area caters the tourist... the whole place may be considered one. A "gringo" may pay $20 for something, who does not know how to barter, and a local may pay $5. That's just the way it is. You learn as you go... like any traveler. Whether you are walking down Ensenada or La Bufadora
Unique Suggestions: Have fun bartering, or pay top dollar if you don't. I thought it was funny that my friend was bartering for a domino set with a 9 year old kid. Have fun!
Tamales by the roadside
Tamales by the roadside are quite good - but I was told that the BEEF Tamale is actually dog meat... maybe Rabbit..... Urban legend???? I hope not!
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