Meet Ines: Chef Prepares Authentic Vegetarian Food with Love

Chef Ines Nopales shares her love for cooking healthy vegetarian and vegan food with authentic Mexican ingredients. At Playa Viva we like to think of our staff as the heart of our regenerative project.  We encourage them to be true stewards of sustainability, conservation and community engagement. Ines is an exemplar member of our team…

A New Community Mural Captures Life in Juluchuca

Editor’s Note:  Our community is celebrating a new mural in Juluchuca, thanks in large part to the initiative of Season 10 fall farm intern, Margot Mattson. Many previous volunteers have talked about doing a community mural, but this is the first time it’s actually been done – and it’s a huge success!  Here, in her…

The Leader Behind La Tortuga Viva

The Best Conservationists Are Often Former Hunters Hector Maldonado is known throughout his hometown of Juluchuca as a man who loves turtles. That was not always the case, as he was once jailed for poaching turtle eggs. These days, he spends his time protecting them instead. Hector serves as President of La Tortuga Viva, where…

The Gift of a New Turtle Sanctuary

109 World Helps Build Our New Turtle Sanctuary Each year 1000s of mother sea turtles return to the beaches around Playa Viva to lay their eggs.  These turtle nests are increasingly vulnerable to both predators and poaching, but since 2001 they have been protected by the dedicated volunteers at La Tortuga Viva.  The volunteers patrol…

The Comedor – Making a Difference Through Food

The holiday season is often a time to reflect on the gifts we’ve been given, and to make an effort help those who are less fortunate than us. For a group of women in Juluchuca, that effort is not limited to the holiday season. They volunteer their time year round at the local Comedor (Soup Kitchen)…

A beginner’s guide to community-based conservation

Written by Lissett Medrano I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to quit my job of 5 years and move to a small rural community in Guerrero, Mexico to work with sea turtles, especially since I had never “worked with turtles” before. But after spending 10 months working alongside…

Poachers to Conservationists: Sea turtle conservation in rural Mexico

Written by Lissett Medrano As we celebrate oceans this month, today is specifically dedicated to one of earth’s most ancient sea creatures—sea turtles. As we honor this incredible species, it’s important to also recognize the efforts being made at the local level to preserve these endangered species. For the past four months, I’ve had the…

Sembrado con Amor / Grown with Love

A Story of Regeneration: Moving towards regenerative agriculture on the southern pacific coast of Mexico At Playa Viva, every aspect of our operation attempts to go beyond low-impact and actually make the place—the land and our community—better than it was. In other words, we practice regeneration. Regeneration applies to everything that we do. What we do…

Meet the Playa Viva Volunteers!

  Volunteers are an enormous source of support for the Playa Viva team. Our volunteers come from all over the world and support our work in multiple aspects and bring a multitude of experience. We have volunteers supporting our farm and food production teams, our permaculture team, our kitchen staff, our turtle sanctuary, as well…

Conservation Role Models

AFAR Magazine included Playa Viva in a list of “Conservation Role Models” in a round up of hotels where you can “Go for Good”, a listing of hotels where you can stay and help support great causes.  Playa Viva support of great causes starts with creating a positive social and environmental impact in the local ecology…