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Baja California Trivia

by Carla White

Baja California is a very long peninsula so it makes sense that it has a long history full of interesting facts and fun trivia.  Why not have a trivia contest with your friends?  Stun them with your vast (and yet arcane) knowledge of ‘Things About Baja’.  In fact, if you play your game right, you might get them to stake you to a trip to this paradise of nature, gastronomy and culture.

Did you know… That people from Mexicali are often called cachanillas? This nickname derives from a type of plant that is plentiful in this region’s desert.

Arrow weed or "Cachanilla" is common in the lower Colorado River valley of California, northern Mexico, Nevada and Arizona

Arrow weed or "Cachanilla" is common in the lower Colorado River valley of California, northern Mexico, Nevada and Arizona

Did you know…That the city of Ensenada has more scientists per capita than any other place in Mexico? Among the many institutions of higher education here is CICESE, the Ensenada Scientific Research Center, with a focus on oceanography and marine studies.

Did you know… That Ensenada is the largest municipality in Mexico, in terms of area? The region that comprises Ensenada extends from the La Mision area south of Rosarito all the way down to Guerrero Negro, half-way down the Baja Peninsula – some 400 miles!

Did you know…In June, 2012, Cabo San Lucas hosted the G20 summit  of world economic leaders — the first G20 ever to be held in Latin America!

Did you know… That Algodones (Spanish for ‘the cotton plants’) is Baja’s smallest town with a border crossing? Yet, it is one of the most popular spots for ‘snowbirds’ (Americans and Canadians who come from colder climes to winter in Baja) to stock up on pharmaceuticals and receive affordable dental and medical care. They even have a festival to mark the return of the snowbirds!

Did you know… That throughout Baja California, particularly in Ensenada and San Felipe, Carnaval (Mexico’s version of Mardi Gras) is celebrated with big festivities? Carnaval dates might change but it always occurs in the days before Ash Wednesday.

Ensenada Carnival

Photo by 2cycle2gether

Did you know… That Loreto, on the Sea of Cortez, Loreto was the setting for the 7th season finale of the ABC reality TV show “The Bachelor?”

Did you know…That the region between Tecate and Ensenada (the Valle de Guadalupe) and the region south of Ensenada (Santo Tomas valley) produce more than 90% of Mexico’s premium wines? Winemaking here dates back to the late 1700’s.

Did you know… That Tijuana is the western-most city in Latin America?

Did you know…That all California grey whale calves are born in the shallow lagoons of Baja California, notably Scammon’s Lagoon and San Ignacio lagoon?

Boaters flip for a baby whale in San Ignacio lagoon

Did you know… That loggerhead turtles travel all the way from their nesting places in Japan to feed in the Sea of Cortez?

Did you know… That Tijuana is where a new style of music that is referred to as ‘Nortec’ has evolved? It is a techno-ranchero style that is rocking the house.


Did you know… That La Bufadora (south of Ensenada) is one of only a handful of blowholes in the whole world?

Did you know… That Baja California’s peninsula is nearly 800 miles long? It can be traversed in its entirety on Highway 1, a more than 1000-mile drive. At its widest, it is nearly 150 miles and at its narrowest it is approximately 30 miles across. It is one of the largest peninsulas in the world.

Did you know…That La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur, was once sustained by pearl diving?  A strong pearl diving industry kept La Paz going until the 1930s when the oyster beds were destroyed by disease. La Paz languished until the trans-peninsular highway was completed in 1973 and the city became capital of the newly formed State of Baja California Sur in 1974.

Did you know… That U.S. dollars are pretty much universally accepted in Baja California? Although the peso is Mexico’s currency, dollars are happily accepted at the going exchange rate, the best of which you will generally find at a Mexican bank.

Did you know…That you can discover your own trivia by visiting Baja California?  Just contact us! is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about localrestaurants,hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year.  For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at




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