We All Want the Same For Our Families

As Americans and as humans, we have all been shocked by the photo of the father and daughter drowned as they cross the border into the US.  No matter what your politics, we can all agree that we, as humans, strive for the same things for our families wherever we live and wherever we travel…

Open to All – Playa Viva Thrives on Diversity

Open to All Playa Viva is not the type of place that attracts or is of interest to everyone. No A/C, no TV’s in room, no MiniBars, that definitely sends a strong message of who we are, and we do get a certain “self selection” that happens as a result.  When Sandra, my wife and…

Pack for a Purpose When You Visit Playa Viva

On your next trip to Playa Viva, the unused space in your suitcase can make a BIG difference.  We’ve teamed up with Pack for a Purpose to give our guests an easy way to deliver necessary supplies to our nearby communities.   These donations all directly support ongoing social impact programs,  with items such as gently…

A Long Awaited Youth Soccer Team Comes to Juluchuca

Meet the Team When I arrived to Juluchuca last September to oversee Playa Viva’s social and environmental impact work, I was surprised to find that there were no extracurricular activities for kids, not even sports.  As I became more integrated in the community, I learned that many parents wanted a soccer team for their kids,…

Playa Viva’s Delicious Coconut Ceviche at Home

Enjoy a taste of Playa Viva at home this summer with our delicious coconut ceviche recipe, taken from our cook book “Comida Viva”.  As with all our recipes, it is best enjoyed with family and friends!   ENTRÉES | Vegan, Gluten Free 2 Tomatoes, Diced 1 Onion, Chopped 1 Bunch Of Cilantro, Chopped Juice Of 1…

Connect With Nature on New Permaculture Farm Tour

Exploring the 200 acres surrounding the hotel When you arrive to Playa Viva take a minute to settle in and enjoy the calmness that envelops the landscape. Connect with the land.  Take notice of the elements – wind, water, earth – as you move around the property. You will feel a sense of place. To…

Tourism can make a positive impact on the local community

Tourism, Playa Viva style, is a force for positive impact and change.  What is the proper role of Playa Viva in that change?  What are the most effective processes to create impact?  We are always learning and improving our understanding of how to positively impact our community. In May of 2019, I was invited to…

English Classes Plant Seeds For A Better Future

Ariel Arguedas Fernandez grew up in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. He is an educator, dreamer, and avid nature lover. He has been volunteering with Playa Viva since October 2018. Last September I arrived to the small, colorful town of Juluchuca, where farm animals roam free and the kids tackle you with hugs.  As…

The Secret Lives of Pets in Juluchuca

Update:  Thanks to you – larger impact on animal welfare in Juluchuca! To all that have donated – thank you! We are thrilled to announce that we have surpassed our fundraising goal for Juluchuca’s first spay and neuter campaign. With over $3,700 in funding, we can now ensure that no animal will be turned away…