A Place to Come Together

Building A New Community Plaza In Juluchuca What unites a community? What brings us together? These are questions we all ask ourselves at holiday times, and something I’ve thought about often since moving to Juluchuca a little over a year ago. With roughly 500 residents, Juluchuca is certainly a small, close-knit agricultural community. Residents are…

A Season of Impact at Playa Viva

Playa Viva’s Season 10 Social Impact As 2019 comes to a close, it is a wonderful time for all of us to reflect on the past year and Season 10 of Playa Viva.  We want to take the chance to share with you some of our key achievements in the community in 2019 and thank…

Adopt A Student and Change a Life

Update: Dec 2019 – The new Adopt a Student Program is off to an incredible start! All 7 of our original candidates had their scholarships funded, plus an eighth student. So far we have 3 in the middle school and 5 in the elementary school. All fees, school lunches, supplies and uniforms are covered. There…

Playa Viva is more than a hotel. It is a project.

Creating Transformational Experiences at Playa Viva, as a Core Principle and what that means. Transformation is has become one of those buzzwords we hear so much today in travel, up there with Experiential and Immerse. At Playa Viva, the transformation is not just about the guest who comes in stressed and walks out relaxed. Transformation…

Regeneration Training at Playa Viva

Practicing Our Core Values. Regenerative, sustainable, closed-loop systems… we hear these concepts tossed around in different circles, but what do they mean? The team of people who help our hotel, farm and kitchen run smoothly come from communities big and small, carrying their own understanding and interpretation of these terms used to describe responsible practices….

Contributing to Cleaner Water & Energy

Contributing to more abundant water and energy sources is a Core Value at Playa Viva. We live next to the sea, and at times of the year the river here is so full it carves new paths in the landscape as water forces its way across fields and forests. During our two rainy months, you’ll…

Plastic Pollution & Biodiversity

Preventing Plastic Pollution and Promoting Biodiversity in Our Community. As a coastal community, Juluchuca has a deep connection with the sea.  We, and I think I can now count myself among us, spend our evenings at the beach either fishing or just enjoying a nice sunset with our families and friends. We comment on the…

And the winner is…

Playa Viva is proud to announce the winner of our Season 10 Photo Contest, our guest Nirvana Nungaray! Nirvana Nungaray visited Playa Viva from her home in Jalisco Mexico in February 2019. You may have already seen her winning image on our Instagram feed or in our July newsletter.  It was so good we couldn’t…

Expanding our Education Impact to Rancho Nuevo

Ariel Arguedas Fernandez is Playa Viva’s Education Coordinator. He 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. As we open a new season at Playa Viva, it’s also the season for local students to head…

Regenerative Travel – A Deeper, More Impactful Experience

Give of Yourself and Be Surprised By What You Get Back What is the difference between Transformative Travel, Experiential Travel and, now, Regenerative Travel? I was having a conversation with a friend in the travel industry recently. He told me, “I love the Regenerative Travel brand” and so I asked what he meant by that?…