Danzante Resort, is an exquisite small eco resort that is unlike anything in Baja. Firstly, the location sits atop a volcanic outcrop overlooking a nature reserve and private bay, with spectacular views of the 5 craggy islands of Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrat and Isla Catalina that make up the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto marine park. And it’s an all-inclusive hotel where the rate includes meals, to minimize stress.
The marine park is home to over 800 species of fish, unique to the Sea of Cortez. Besides the local species of tropical fish, large game fish such as dorado, jacks, roosterfish and yellow fin tuna frequent the area. And the area is known for great whale-watching and unspoiled diving sites that consist of rocky bottoms, jutting walls, undercuts, overhangs, sprawling reef systems and several wreck sites.
This eco-lodge, just 20 minutes from Loreto, is your opportunity to embark on adventure filled days, utilizing all Baja has to offer. The serene Baja landscape will stimulate your curiosity to explore this desert paradise.
The resort has ten private acres to explore: Walk down a private path to the beach for snorkeling and swimming (or whale-watching); hike up the mesa for a workout and a stunning panorama of the valley and bay; hire a local guide to reveal a hidden canyon pool for an afternoon dip; go horseback riding, or kayaking, or simply swing in your hammock and look out over the bay.
The 9 guest units are steeped onto the hillside for optimum views of the Sea of Cortez below. Private terraces house hammocks and sitting areas. This is a 100% solar-powered eco-resort that is in tune with nature, which means there’s sufficient power for lights at night but not for much else. So leave your hairdryer at home. Ditto for you need for modern communication. Danzante deliberately has no TVs, phones, internet access, or faxes. You can always revert back to your cell or blackberry, but we’d suggest curling up with a good book instead.
Danzante was designed as an eco outpost for responsible tourism by photojournalist and adventure travelers husband-and-wife team Michael and Lauren Farley, this unassuming jewel is not for those who need individual pampering. But, the seclusion and genuine hospitality are worthy of significant praise.
Meals are provided a la communal dining under a yurt-shaped (Mongolion tent structure) palapa. Locals come in and cook up organic fare and fresh fish, empanadas, soups, and traditional Mexican delicacies.
Guests can participate in construction projects, local education missions, and even land protection and fortification efforts. Most arrivals are eager to give back even while on vacation. But, there is no reason not to indulge in a massage before or afterward either. Responsible tourism is the wave of the future, and this resort has certainly set up the ideal outpost from which to operate.