Real Impact – Johnny Adventure Hangs His Own Shingle

Juan Carlos Solís, affectionately known as Johnny, has been part of the Playa Viva team almost since inception in 2009. Known for his big smile and infectious laugh, Johnny always seems to be on the move, whether at Playa Viva or in his hometown of Juluchuca. From creative mixologist to excursions leader extraordinaire to budding…

The Secret Lives of Pets in Juluchuca

Help Juluchucans make real impact on animal welfare in their community today! You may know “The Secret Lives of Pets” as a happy kids movie with a sequel coming out summer 2019.  The movie imagines the unseen daily life of pets which are beloved and celebrated members of the family. But in many parts of…

Real Connection, Real Mexico. Introducing Our CDMX Layover Packages

When booking your flights to Playa Viva, you might find that the best connections are via Mexico City and even those connections can require taking a dreaded “redeye” or an extra long layover.  Rather than suffering through terrible flight options, we have developed a partnership which provides our guests with an opportunity to take advantage…

A Real Margarita – From Our House to Yours

Playa Viva Signature Organic Basil Margarita Recipe These days it’s pretty common to “celebrate” Cinco de Mayo with a “Mexican” adult beverage likely produced by a major international corporation.  This year, if you feel like celebrating, why not do it with a real margarita that’s really from Mexico. It’s been almost 10 years since Juan…

Playa Viva 2018 Social Impact Report

Playa Viva opened in 2009 and had set up a set of core values and mission to promote and implement a positive impact on the local community and ecosystem.  However, the team never did a true baseline study from which to measure the impact the work of the hotel would have in the community and…

Juluchuca Limpio – A New Generation of Conservationists

Juluchuca Limpio In February a group of college students from the local university (UT) in Petatlan approached Playa Viva saying that they wanted to do community engagement and conservation work with La Tortuga Viva.  Adriana, one of the students, is a local resident of Juluchuca and she proposed to her classmates to do a trash…

From the Sesame Fields at Playa Viva to Your Dinner Table

Introducing Gente Viva Sesame As part of our ongoing mission to support local farming communities in our home town of Juluchuca, we are proud to announce Gente Viva Sesame – direct-trade organic sesame seeds, grown on site and nearby, by farmers from Juluchuca and other local communities who have farmed their land for generations.  This…

Food Systems at Playa Viva

The hotel at Playa Viva is situated between beautiful sunrises and sunsets by the ocean and a 200-acre landscape used for several generations for agricultural production. Today, a team of hard working local men and our permaculture specialist use agro-ecological practices to bring the land back to life and fill our kitchen with organic harvests….