Camp Accommodations and Facilities

  • ECOLODGE
  • CABINS
  • FOOD
  • BATHROOMS

Ecolodge and Dining Palapa

Seemingly perched on the edge of civilization “Campo Cortez” offers many modern amenities while maintaining a clean, comfortable and eco-friendly environment. Our Eco-lodge and base camp provides a modern solar and wind generation system in our dining palapa and well stocked Baja library and an electrical system that provides 110 ac or 12 volt dc power for all of your charging needs. You can charge up your video and camera batteries anytime in the dining palapa during the day. Constructed from local materials and by traditional building methods, our palapa is the gathering point for all of our daily activities. Always available in the palapa daily are:

  • Book and video library of Baja and marine mammals
  • Television to view our daily videos and presentations
  • Science and weather monitoring station
  • Coffee and hot water for tea
  • Snacks and fruit
  • Sodas and beer

Campo Cortez Solar and Wind Powered Ecolodge

We are very proud to offer a unique and eco-friendly style of producing power from the natural environment. Campo Cortez has a modest sized solar and wind generation system that supplies all of our power and is sufficient to power refrigeration, lights, charging systems and a variety of safety equipment such as CPAP machines for guests. Our dining palapa houses the entire system and contains a twenty amp solar panel system as well as a fifteen amp wind generation system. Our two fold system is unique in that we can harness the elements of wind and sun. If we have a cloudy day and can not generate solar power, then we can always harness the wind to produce electricity that is stored in our six volt battery bank.

The battery bank is really the heart of our system. This is where we store the radiant or wind generated power in lead acid, deep cycle batteries. The batteries are fed electricity from the solar panels and wind generators where it is stored and then power is distributed to an inverter that converts 12 volt DC (direct current) to 110 volt AC (alternating current). This is the type of current you have in your home. With 110 ac current we can then power our refrigerators, freezers and lights.

The camp also maintains ...

  • Satellite telephone for emergencies
  • Satellite internet for emergencies
  • Composting and recycling containers
  • Kayaks for use in the estuary

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Solar-Powered Cabins

Each of our fifteen solar powered cabins offers a warm and extremely comfortable safari style ambience and protection from the fierce environment (mostly wind). Each cabin offers its own spectacular view of the lagoon and is situated close to the waters edge. Twelve of our cabins are double occupancy with two single beds and three others are triple occupancy with a double bed on one side and a single bed the other side. All of our cabins are supplied with fresh linens, pillows and clean sleeping bags for each new guest .

Each cabin is equipped with a small desk and mirror as well as shelves to store your clothing and valuables. Keys are provided for any guests that wish to lock their cabins. The cabins operate on Solar Power and have a solar panel array on the roof that capture and store the radiant energy from the sun into a large marine battery. The battery is then connected to inverter that converts this stored electricity from 12 volt DC power to 110v AC power to charge your small electronics such as video cameras, notebook computers and digital cameras. Cabins are also equipped with an interior light, two windows for ventilation and extra blankets.

 

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Dining and Food


Authentic Mexican coastal cuisine: Our meals are a constant source of positive compliments by the majority of our guests. At the same time, we recognize that it's hard to please each and every guest when it comes to food, yet we strive to do everything we can to meet guests dietary needs no matter how uncommon the diet. Delicious meals are prepared daily using only fresh ingredients and our tortillas are hand made daily. We offer a variety of dishes ranging from locally caught seafood to vegetarian dishes.Meals are well balanced and you can eat as much as you like.

Our central dining palapa hosts a sit down dining area, stocked bar, and lighting to round off the atmosphere.  If you are on a diet…good luck!  If you require a special diet and cannot eat certain items or require a vegetarian diet, just let us know and we will meet your needs the best we can. We cook for a large group of 24 to 30 guests each night, but if we know in advance, we’ll prepare something special for you if your diet does not allow you to eat our normal meals. With the close of each week we host a send off fiesta with local live music or entertainment.

A Typical Range of Meals

Pre-Breakfast - 6:00 am to 6:30 am:

The central dining palapa is open usually by 6am and is ready to go with hot coffee, hot water and a variety of tea bags, instant oatmeal and yogurt daily prior to our big breakfast.

Breakfast - 8:00 am: 

Each morning a big breakfast is served. We serve a variety of dishes ranging from:

  • Mexican style eggs
  • Juevos rancheros (eggs in ranch sauce)
  • Chilaquiles (fried corn tortillas mixed with cheese, beans and eggs)
  • Hot oatmeal
  • Hot cakes

Rice beans and tortillas are typically available with each meal.

Lunch - 12:00 pm:

Lunch is served at noon along with coffee, and hot water for tea are always available. Also, a variety of sodas and cervezas (beer) are always available (at no charge) in the coolers. A few of the lunch dishes that we serve are as follows:

  • Quesadillas and lentil bean soup (cheese filled with tortillas)
  • Fish tacos (our guests favorite)
  • Chile rellenos (stuffed chilies)
  • Albondigas (fresh fish or beef stew)
  • Vegetable soups
  • Calabacitas with rice (Squash dish with rice)
  • A variety of vegetable and fish soups

Rice beans and tortillas are typically available with each meal.

Happy hour - 5:00 pm:

Happy hour consists of margaritas and beer along with fresh guacamole, salsa and corn chips. A great time to enjoy the sunset from the dining palapa with the barn doors open and a full view of the lagoon and sun setting.

Dinner - 7:00 pm:

Dinner is served and the sun has set. Menu items are varied and include items below:

  • Burritos (beef and chicken)
  • Cayo de Hacha (Scallops)
  • Variety of seafood
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Carne asada (beef dishes)
  • Chicken mole (a favorite-chicken in sauce)
  • Enchiladas
  • Fresh fish

Rice beans and tortillas are typically available with each meal.
Dinners usually have a either a salad or fresh vegetable dish served on the side.

Vegetarians:

With prior notice we can prepare vegetarian meals. There has been a growing demand for more vegetarian food at camp and we have made preparations to accommodate the needs of our vegetarian guests and now supply a wide range of vegetarian dishes with prior notice.


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Bathrooms, Showers and Hand Washing Area

Clean and eco-friendly Bathrooms:

The camp offers four marine style flushing bathrooms that are always clean, private, comfortable and equipped with all the necessities. They are a short walk from your cabin and we take pride in offering you well-maintained bathrooms that we clean three times a day. The bathrooms are also solar powered and each has its own light, locking door and household size, marine style toilets. If you do not wish to make the trip to the bathrooms at night, you can request a chamber pot that you can use in your cabin.

Hand washing station:

At the center of camp is a large hand washing area where you can brush your teeth and wash your hands. It is well stocked with four sinks and mirrors, plenty of water and towels.

Showers: 

Our camp has two on demand hot water showers. Each has a shower room and then a dry dressing area with table and mirror and a locking door for your privacy. Because we are in the desert and fresh water is precious, we ask that our guests please help us conserve the water supplies.

Our guides will brief you on the use of all of our facilities upon your arrival to the camp. All of our facilities have access for any guests that may have a permanent or temporary disability.

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