I have vacationed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with my family for as long as I can remember but this time we were in Ensenada. A new town with new things to discover and experience. A familiar scene greeted us; the main path was lined with sellers and tourists bargaining, sampling and aimlessly looking at the knockoffs and tchotchkes. A natural blowhole, of which there are very few globally, peaked my interest. The tide rushes in and the ever-eroding rock shoots out a plume of water. It was a pretty cool thing to see, but weaving my way through the crowd took some effort. The main path resembled something of a county fair; making your way through the crowd trying not to get lost while being begged to look at the seller’s goods and stopping when something catches your eye. Something caught mine. A jaguar in front of a jungle themed restaurant on a harness being used to generate intrigue and profit. Disgusting. One look and you can tell this animal is unhealthy and miserable. Once we moved on from the main street we went into town and got to experience the area in a different way. I would argue that you have never tasted a taco quite like one traditionally made with a handmade tortilla, locally sourced ingredients and the freshest seafood. Ensenada may not have been what I expected but it was an experience I would never trade.

Content and Photograph by Alexandrea Rager