I said in earlier post that I would talk more about our trip to the Baja. We booked our trip through Baja Air Ventures because they had a trip to see the whale sharks that fit us perfectly. Their trip included a small aircraft flight from nearby Brown Field (from San Diego) which was absolutely painless as far as security and customs going into Mexico. After clearing customs in the tiny airport at San Felipe, we continued down to an even smaller strip at Bahia De Los Angeles.
From there we took about a 45 minute boat trip to our home for the week at the Los Animas Eco Lodge. This charming lodge is made up of 8 yurts (all with “limited” air conditioning and in-room composting toilets) plus a larger central yurt and outdoor covered deck which provided the kitchen, bar, meeting place and dining area. All of this is nested in a beautiful and protected cove between the surrounding mountains and the sea of cortez.
Eating is always important on a trip like this and the Lodge did not disappoint. I am not the worlds greatest fish eater but the food was outstanding. Although there was a lot of fish, it was all freshly caught (often during our morning whale shark trips) and delicious. There was also many dishes served without fish but with the same tasty preparation in the mexican tradition. I should also mention that ample soft drinks, beer and excellent margaritas are also included in the trip price.
Besides the morning whale shark snorkeling opportunities, there were all kinds of other activities available – sailboats, paddle boards, hiking , snorkeling, or just lounging on the beach or in the water. All activities were coordinated with our combination pilot/guides, Andy and Fred, who were very helpful and knowledgeable of the area and its ecology and who also did an outstanding job of meeting the varied needs of the 10 guests who were there during our visit.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I neglected to say that the sunrises, sunsets, and stars at night were incredible! It was worth the price of admission to just enjoy these experiences with a few new friends and marvel at nature’s bounty. To illustrate, I’ll include this photo of our own yurt with just “a couple of stars” in the background – as the commercial says, priceless.