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…

Earth Day, Juluchuca – Community in Action

This Earth Day the community of Juluchuca, where Playa Viva is located, were so engaged, involved and excited about the trash clean up, turtle release, tree planting and recycling endeavors that it could have also been called Community Day. This Community Earth Day started in the morning with the Playa Viva team working jointly with…

Turtle Sanctuary – Volunteer Opportunities

Playa Viva is working jointly with WildCoast/CostaSalvaje on a summer turtle volunteer program at La Tortuga Feliz, the turtle sanctuary at Playa Viva in Juluchuca, Mexico (30-minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa).  We have two options, one upscale staying at the “eco-lux” accommodations of Playa Viva and the second is more modest plan staying in Juluchuca in…

Playa Viva Refracted in a New Light

In the last few days I’ve received some of the best photographs ever taken at Playa Viva.  While we have been involved in this place for close to three years, the images that are captured there still do not cease to amaze me.  Just when you thought you saw all of Playa Viva, someone sends…

Save the Turtles Campaign

The last few months have been the height of the turtle season in Playa Viva. The all volunteer team has released 27,000 plus turtles last month. But the bad news is that overall, they have released 30% fewer turtles than last year and the reason for these lower results is that the volunteers just don’t…

Turtle Stats for January

Just got the report in from the volunteer team at the Tortuga Feliz.  The number of turtles released is slowing down in January with 11,428 turtles released.  Compared to last year, this is a reduction of close to 4,000 turtles, a significant drop. We will be watching to see if this persists and try determine the…

Record Number of Turtles Released in 2007

The year-end report for the Turtle Sanctuary is in and the volunteers from Juluchuca released a total of 202,854 Golfina sea turtles in 2007. In addition, they released 375 of the highly endangered Leatherback sea turtles. SEMARNAT released a report (in Spanish) stating that 2007 was the year of the turtle as it released a…

Top Turtle

Just got the stats from the turtle sanctuary team for November.  Over 42,000 baby turtles were released in November.  The Tortuga Feliz is running at 64% higher than last year and are either the number one or number two largest turtle sanctuary in all of Mexico.  With our support, they are now expanding to add…

Film Crew On Site Captures Turtles Laying Eggs

Gaston and Carlos, who are filming a documentary of the “Making of Playa Viva”, were on site in September to catch the sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.  A short film of this will be posted when completed.