Meet Lorenzo – Season 11 LTV Coordinator

La Tortuga Viva’s Newest Coordinator Has Hit The Ground Running This past September we welcomed Lorenzo Locci to the Playa Viva team to serve as the La Tortuga Viva Sanctuary Coordinator. A native of the town of Terni in the region of Umbria, Italy, Lorenzo has spent most of his professional career working in conservation…

Proof of Impact Works

Data Collection Leads to Proof of Impact For those who have had the chance to visit La Tortuga Viva’s sanctuary, you will surely remember the little blue signs that designate each individual nest. Each marker includes data about: the quantity of eggs in the nest,  each nest is assigned a number,  the name of the…

Prized Experiences at Playa Viva

What Will You Remember? When we first purchased Playa Viva, I remember distinctly walking the land and coming across the volunteers of the Turtle Sanctuary located on a corner of the property. The leaders of the group approach us and asked, “now that you own the land, will you be kicking us off?” Wow! The…

109 World + Playa Viva = A Priceless Experience

A Retreat That Prizes Service as Well as Mindfulness. This past December we were thrilled to welcome back 109 World to host a second retreat at Playa Viva and to continue their volunteer work with La Tortuga Viva.  109 World is dedicated to “Retreats that improve your happiness and fulfillment through caring for oneself and…

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 Nest and Help Save Sea Turtles

Update: Dec 2019 – We Love Early Adopters! Adopting a nest is the best way to support our turtle sanctuary, and your giving makes a huge difference this holiday season!  The program is officially a hit!  Thank you for helping us surpass our goal of 50 adopted nests for 2019, and we are looking forward…

From Germany to Juluchuca – Turtle Camp Coordinator Valentine Reiss-Woolever

Turtle Camp Volunteer Impact All-Star Valentine Reiss-Woolever, or “Valentina” as she is known in Juluchuca, travelled across the world from Germany to our small town in Mexico to be our La Tortuga Viva sea turtle sanctuary coordinator for the 2018-2019 season. With seemingly endless energy, Valentine spearheaded numerous projects in the community, from sea turtle…

Turtle Beach Night Patrol

A unique and gratifying adventure in conservation As you head out after dark with the turtle sanctuary volunteers on ATVs your work is to scan the beach, to identifying turtle tracks, and locate nests to collect vulnerable turtle eggs. If left on the beach, the nests are susceptible to predation from dogs and racoons as…

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…