The Tranquillo Rural Heart of Baja California, Mexico

Though Baja California boasts urban centers Tijuana and Ensenada as up-and-coming culinary capitals, ranches, farms, vineyards and open spaces define most of the state’s actual landscape. I was in Ojos Negros recently touring a dairy farm and cheese cellar when I came upon these birds having a siesta, Baja style.

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There are plenty of things to to do in Baja California. Valle de Guadalupe is one of the largest wine-producing regions in Latin America – providing 90% of the stuff consumed in Mexico. Take a tasting tour to enjoy regional blends and imaginative cuisine. The “Valle” has at least 50 restaurants helmed by top chefs offering rustic, creative and delicious dishes.

Mexico Location: Where is Baja California?

Baja California lies just across the border from California in the US and extends south to the state of Baja California Sur. The  state claims the top of the Baja peninsula and is situated between the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. With 1.3 million people, Tijuana is the state’s largest city.

Your Gringo in Mexico, Scott

W. Scott Koenig (aka. El Gringo) has traveled extensively around Mexico since the mid ’90s. His blog,, reports on south of the border destinations, culture, events and cuisine. He also reports for and is  “Chief Chowzter” of Tijuana, the Valle de Guadalupe, Rosarito Beach and Oaxaca. You can also find him on twitter @wskoenig
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  • Bill Kaliher

    Always glad to learn about rural Baja–I;ve avoid Baja for years but this sounds nice

    • Andy Osuna

      If you are not a drug consumer or dealer then you have nothing to fear.

    • craig zabransky

      It does sound quite nice, i know the food scene is exploding in a good way… safely, Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Jim

    Z, if you’re gonna to go Baja, you need to do go in November, when they run the famous Baja 1000. Now THAT’s an adventure!

    • craig zabransky

      Dude, I will cover the race when you enter it… now that’s staying adventurous, Craig

  • Arlen

    I visited the beautiful state of Baja California and it is filled with a lot of incredible places. Its well known attractions are; Tijuana Cultural Center, Coronado Islands, Avenida Revolución, Playas de
    Tijuana and Tijuana Country Club.

    • craig zabransky

      Seems like those are the locations in Tijuana… some day I need to visit Tijuana… Stay adventurous, Craig

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