The wilderness, eco-retreat is NOT in Bahai de Las Angeles, nor is it in Las Animas. It is a completed different adventure whose reviews are mixed in this group. It's the Eco-friendly, whale watching, sea lion viewing, Yurt living, roughing it adventure, which is NOT a hotel.
Now that we have that out of the way....the yurts were located 50-60 minutes by boat from Bahai de Los Angeles. Transportation and organization by AirVentures.com. Private plane from San Diego (limit to 25 lbs luggage, which, surprisingly, can be done unless you plan to bring all your own fishing tackle).
A note about the yurts, comfy beds, siesta inducing hammocks, no running water or (at least at this point with one sort of exception), no flushing toilets. Meals prepared by Alicia in the main yurt, again with one small exception, were outstanding....what that woman can do with sea creatures and soups and flans is amazing given the facilities and the fact that the electricity is only on in the main yurt a few hours a day.
Our pilot/guide, in my opinion, is what made this adventure even more memorable and fun than it could have been. My 3 companions and I had the place to ourselves, and our purpose was first, foremost and almost singularly for Yellow Tail fishing, and fish we did, every day, catching all we could and then more (many of which were returned "home" to their fishy environs).
After a morning catch, lunch and siestas.
Beach activities include learning to scuff your feet when wading to ward of the little stingrays, kayaking, but (water was too cold during this trip), no snorkeling.
Hiking, guided by Tom, included the prehistoric petrified oyster beds, secluded beaches, and a trek through the tidal flats over by Las Animas.
We ate what we caught or gathered for our main course meals, and in that one short week we consumed expertly prepared yellow tail, grouper, cod, halibut, oysters, clams, and squid (now I KNOW what calamari is SUPPOSED to taste like!)
Gained 3 lbs. Slept to seal song and a full moon.
Serenity, peace, beauty (wild and potentially hazardous) but beautiful none-the- less. Not for the high energy need to be doing something every given moment traveler. I loved it.
We enjoyed perfect weather (rare, for the winds did not blow and they usually do), and outrageously excellent fishing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1989 Baja Airventure's Las Animas Eco-adventure Tours & Lodge is the only remote boat-in lodge in the Sea of Cortez with 1000's of happy guests. All-inclusive lodging packages from San Diego include R/T air, delicious food, beverages and daily water, nature & sport activities. Look forward to total privacy and relaxation with group size averaging 12 - 14. We cater to all age groups. Come to Las Animas Wilderness Lodge for the soft eco-adventure of a lifetime! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Animas Wilderness Retreat Hotel Bahia De Los Angeles
- Baja AirVentures Las Animas Wilderness Lodge Bahia De Los Angeles, Mexico