The Bridge to Discovery – Volunteering at Playa Viva

Recently, we were asked, “what is the reason and purpose of having volunteers at Playa Viva?” Never having formalized the rational for this program, it was surprising how easily the answer flowed. Volunteers are a bridge between guests and the local ecosystem, both the landscape of the property of Playa Viva and the people of the local…

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…

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…

Do Your Part in Saving over 100,000 Baby Sea Turtles

It’s been a while since we have posted statistics for the turtle sanctuary.  See updated statistics in the graph to the right.  The good news is that we are now supporting La Tortuga Viva, a group of local volunteers who have worked hard this year in protecting and releasing close to 100,000 baby turtles. We…

Dia de la Tierra en la Comunidad de Juluchuca

Dia de la tierra, que gran oportunidad para convivir con la comunidad y como regalo de la naturaleza tuvimos tambien el nacimiento de las tortugas del nuevo campamento. La liberacion de las mismas la hicimos enfrente de las cabanas de Playa viva al atardecer, invitamos a todos los empleados de Playa Viva, Los chicos de…

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…

Troncones – Turtles delight Multi-Generations

Troncones, home to our sister property, Casa Viva, got a nice write up in the travel section of the Boston Globe. What is most appealing about this article is how it begins with the family, three generations, at a turtle release.  It continues to discuss the charms of getting off the beaten track of the big…

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…

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…