in the works After our visit, two of the yurts were converted into Deluxe Family Cabins. These have been outfitted with insulation, glass windows, ceiling fans and air conditioning (thanks to solar power), running water and regular toilets. The end of the summer will also see a new desalinization system that will provide Las Animas with fresh water. Come next whale shark season (summer into fall), there will be two Deluxe Family Cabins, two Deluxe Cabins and four yurts, although there are plans to convert all accommodations into cabins eventually.
Back in October, meals were a little iffy, but there’s good news on that front, as well. There’s a new, fully trained cook preparing daily meals with a touch of her Puebla background, which should make the dining part of the experience all the more pleasurable.
The trick to selling this product successfully? Make sure your clients know what to expect. It’s a step above a camping-like experience with extra perks—such as hot meals and daily maid service—where nature is right by your feet, welcoming, generous and exotic. And, where they and the other travelers (usually no more than 16) have the staff’s undivided attention. This is a nature lover’s and eco-traveler’s dream-come-true, provided they don’t anticipate frills. Have them pack a small flashlight for nighttime walks, plenty of sunscreen, sneakers, flip-flops and a good sunhat.
For whale watching, adventure travelers can go with the Best of Baja trip, where they can spend three nights in Las Animas and two nights in Guerrero Negro, for $2,495 pp. The whale shark trips run in September and October and run $2,195 pp. An upgrade to a cabin is $350 pp. There are also a few brave souls who choose to hunt for whale sharks during the crazy-hot days of summer—it can be arranged, but warn clients about Baja’s high summer temperatures. Baja Airventures also offers personalized surf trips to Isla Natividad and Seven Sisters, as well as fishing excursions to Isla Cedros.
Prices include transportation from and to Brown Airfield, meals, excursions and activities. Las Animas has kayaks, a Hobie Cat, snorkeling equipment, fishing gear and wet suits.