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…

La Tortuga Viva: Predator-Proofing 101

  With an average of 6 turtle nests ransacked by predators each night, the more that our volunteer team can reach and relocate to the safe, secure haven of  La Tortuga Viva Turtle Sanctuary, the better! Yet our rivals – mainly coatis and tejones – are a cunning bunch, and as they refuse to rest…

How Lucky to Participate in Protecting a Life So Rare

Guest blog, submitted by Debbie Greenberg One week ago I was fortunate enough to accompany members of the La Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary on one of their nightly patrols of the beach near Playa Viva and beyond. They search for sea turtle nests in order to protect the eggs from poachers and predators by moving them to their nursery…

Que dia!

Contributed by Martin Goebel – As a fisherman you are usually prepared for anything, mostly disappointment.  Not on this day in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.  Organized by “Johnny,” one of the guides at Playa Viva, a wonderful, close-to-nature eco-resort, I went deep-sea fishing over Thanksgiving week.  It was magical.  The dolphins and turtles graced the deep blue…

Turismo Sustentable – Playa Viva

Los invitamos a ver este vídeo producido por Oliver Velazquez sobre el tema de Turismo Sustentable y como Playa Viva esta haciendo su parte en promover biodiversidad, la comunidad local, energía y agua renovable y limpia y turismo “deluxe” que atrae la gente local y extranjera para el beneficio de la comunidad y el medio…

Birthday Without Presents? Yes, This Is a Happy Story…

When Maya celebrated her birthday recently she did something very, very special. Rather than contribute to conspicuous consumption she made a sacrifice few kids would make. She forsook the treasure trove of toys in exchange for giving back to nature. Read the details in our interview with Maya below. Playa Viva –” How did you…

Perfect Timing

The day after I arrived at Playa Viva I hopped on a 4-wheeler and rode a few minutes over to the Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary. The rows and rows of markers looked a little like miniature headstones, but instead they served the opposite purpose. As the mother turtles had come onshore the night before to…

Tortugas

Jamie was explaining to us the regenerative plans in the level 1, 2 and 3 areas around the resort. Level 1 is the restoring process. Level 2, Playa Viva is letting nature take its course, the preserving process. They have regenerated the natural soil to enhance the natural ecosystem and the rest, Mother Nature will provide. Level 3 is a cultivating process where gardens are maintained by the local people.

Painting Playa Viva’s Sense of Place

Playa Viva’s common area has been more colorful than normal while guest artist Kim Howard unpacked her paints and sketch book with the ultimate goal of creating a mural-size map depicting the landscape of Playa Viva.

Iguana Rescue at Playa Viva

The two newest guests at Playa Viva are a male and female iguana rescued from locals who were selling them for…well, someone else’s dinner.  This is the first step in setting up what might become a larger iguana reserve at Playa Viva. We have been approached by municipal ecologists about setting up an iguana reserve…