This was a fun trip with our family. We participated in many of the activities that the other reviewers mentioned, including fishing, hiking, kayaking and whale-watching. The meals were delicious although my 10-year-old daughter found them a little spicy. To the credit of the kitchen staff, they offered to make quesadillas when this happened, and my daughter said they were the best quesadillas she's ever had.
The guides (Andy and Tom) were excellent. They were very focused on customer service, making sure that we were well taken care of. Tom made excellent margaritas each night before dinner, and they did a great job on the hikes and boat trips. As it was New Year's Eve during our trip, they build a nice bonfire on the beach that night to help celebrate the holiday. They were pretty knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the area, and the various animals, fish, and birds we encountered. They also make sure you have everything you need as far as supplies in your yurt. They were also the pilots that transport you back and forth from the retreat to San Diego. Great job guys!
My wife, 2 kids and I stayed in a 4-person "family" yurt (Yurt #3 out of 8 total guest yurts), which was conveniently next to the dining yurt. This yurt had solid walls, as opposed to some of the other yurts which had fabric walls. The downside to this yurt was that you had to pour water into the toilet each time you wanted to flush. A barrel of sea water was stationed outside the yurt, and a 2-gallon bucket was provided to transport water from the barrel to the toilet. Other yurts had composting toilets, which would have been much better. Another downside was that this yurt had no accommodation for the solar shower bags that the other yurts had. Instead we were given a 5-gallon bucket of fresh water and a heating element. My recommendation is that they upgrade this yurt to have the better toilet and accommodation for the solar shower bag.
My final comment is about the weather. While it was warm (low 70s F) during our trip, the wind was fairly strong, making it feel colder than it actually was. Sweatshirts and/or light-to-medium jackets were needed early and late in the day and at night. Also, at this time of year, the water temperature is in the low 60s, making it even cold with a wet suit (which they provide). The wind also makes the water in the Sea of Cortez fairly choppy by each afternoon, so I'd recommend constraining the water activities to the mornings.
Overall I'd recommend this lodge/retreat because of the great customer service and fun activities, but suggest that they upgrade the plumbing facilities in the yurts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1989 Baja Airventure's Las Animas Eco-Lodge & soft adventure Tours 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