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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Baja AirVentures = Safe Side of Mexico

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Worry-Free Mexico Travel: A Remote Seaside Escape for Invited Guests Only

No Roads Lead to This Isolated, Crime-Free Baja Retreat on the Sea of Cortez

Like the stock market, Mexico tourism has taken a beating this year. Reports on crime and drugs running rampant have put fear into even the most seasoned of travelers. But there's one vacation property that is saying it isn't so. Totally off the grid Las Animas Wilderness Retreat touts no uninvited guests simply because there are no roads leading there.

Guests at Las Animas arrive by private air carrier after departing San Diego's Brown Field and clearing customs in the lazy resort town of San Felipe. The two-hour scenic flight lands in the remote fishing village of Bahia de los Angeles where guests then board a boat for a 45-minute cruise south along the Sea of Cortez coast to the retreat.

Kevin Warren, owner of Baja AirVentures the company that operates Las Animas Wilderness Retreat, says that his location, adjacent to the wildlife-rich Midriff Islands region is both distant and separated from the crime-plagued regions of Mexico so often mentioned in the press.

As such, he says, it offers secure privacy plus some of the best value for a West Coast vacation in today's economy.

"It's a sad perception out there that all of Mexico is unsafe for travelers," says Warren, likening the media's bad news roundup to weather pundits who can zap an outdoor festival by forecasting a rain drop days in advance.

"Some concerns may be valid for some parts of Mexico but there is nowhere safer and easier to get to than the remote Las Animas Wilderness Retreat," says Warren.

A peaceful eco-lodge by starlight – instead of tequila-guzzling college break partying by noon – gives whole new meaning to a secluded escape along Mexican waters.

"Our rates, when you factor in the quick, hassle-free travel by private air carriage which we provide, are an exceptional value compared to larger the all-inclusive resorts of Cabo and Cancun. Plus with us you can focus on wildlife instead of nightlife," he says.

The per person, double occupancy, all-inclusive rate is from $1,595 for four days / three nights and from $1,695 for six days / five nights. This includes roundtrip air from San Diego, accommodations, naturalist guided outings, boat transportation, healthy homemade meals, beverages and such activities as kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, sailing and hiking.

Lodging for up to 20 is offered in eight romantic beachside yurts. Each features its own private bathroom, solar shower, twin and king-size beds with comforters and high thread-count linens, and covered patios with hammocks. Lodging is built around a large centrally located palapa with attached patio that serves as kitchen, central dining area, cantina bar, and communal lounging and game area.

Las Animas is located in Baja's Midriff Island region, one of the most nutrient-rich marine environments in the world. Guided small boat excursions to isolated islands and coves reveal up to 10 species of whales (including fin and blue whales), as well as dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles and manta rays.

Three orders of marine birds - arctic, temperate, and tropical can be spotted here. The islands are inhabited by more than 50 species including Blue Footed Boobies, Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, Frigate Birds, Cormorants, Turkey Vultures and Osprey. Over 95% of the world's population of Heermans Gulls and Elegant Terns breed on nearby Rasa Island; a national bird sanctuary, found a short 15 miles journey from Las Animas by boat.

For information on packages offered year-round by Baja AirVentures please go to: www.bajaairventures.com or call 1-800-221-9283.

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