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 August 10, 2012



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January has brought beautiful days and cooler evenings to San Pancho. It so great to see that a leatherback turtle has made a nest here. Turtles are being released almost every night and when looking out on the horizon you might catch a whale breaching. San Pancho is a very special pueblo as you can see in the following articles.

I look forward to bringing you all the happenings in our community, and share with you, the joy of living in San Pancho.

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I look forward to talking to you about San Pancho and encourage you to come by the office, at #50 Tercer Mundo. 






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Hilltop Refugio
Hilltop Refugio was established by George & Loretta Leavitt to help large animals like horses, donkeys and mules who are ill, malnourished or being mistreated in the Jaltemba Bay area. George's love of horses and his love of Mexico have been combined for over 35 years, and forming a large animal group has always been his dream. 

While Hilltop Refugio is still "a dream in the works," a 3-acre site located on a hill in La Peñita was allocated for the project in December 2012. George and other volunteers are already starting to raise necessary funds and working with owners to surrender their unwanted animals.  

Other animals, like the 7 shown here (8 in this herd have already died of starvation), will likely have to be purchased in order to save their lives.
As soon as enough funds are raised, the animals will be acquired and stables will be constructed. Once healthy enough for transport, the rescue animals will be moved to this location where they will be fed, receive much needed medical care and get the love and attention they deserve. Once the refuge is in place, the general public will be welcome to visit the site and see and help care for these animals. 


The Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) was created by George Leavitt and Donna Brownfield, and will operate in partnership with Hilltop Refugio. Their goals are to:
    *    Help equine owners understand and realize the full value of their animals and why it is to their benefit to keep them healthy;
    *    Educate children about why large farm animals, such as equines, are important to this agricultural area;
    *    Create opportunities for children to spend quality time with equines;
    *    Help the owners of these animals understand that equines can be enthusiastic and willing partners if only given the chance.

George & Loretta Leavitt have lived in La Peñita de Jaltemba for 35 years. George has been a member of the Federación Mexicana de Charrería, A.C. for over 30 years and has built strong relationships with farmers and ranchers via community horse rides, and charro and rodeo events.
Donna Brownfield has been involved with horses for over 50 years. She has been a student of natural horsemanship for 20 years and is currently involved in teaching equine communication techniques to students. Donna and her husband, Jerry, spend winter months in La Peñita and the rest of the year in Eagle Point, Oregon. 

Project Needs & Donations

Contributions of medicine, medical supplies, volunteer time, money and other resources are always needed.

Urgent Needs: Donations may be made in person.  

  • Money for medicine (cost is approximately $750 pesos per horse)
  • Money for materials to build fencing panels and shade
  • Bags of Feed - Feed may be purchased at Dr. Eladio Arreola Tello's vet clinic "La Casa del Ganadero," Calle Esteban Baca Calderon #3, La Peñita

Contact George Leavitt at 327-274-3263 

Cristobal Colon #48 La Penita                  

La Patrona Polo Club
 Make reservations now!
311 258 4378 
Come and enjoy our fine Mexican Cuisine, 
Polo Matches, Equestrian Shows, Spanish Dressage    

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Entreamigos is so busy these days! The second block of children workshops started this Monday January 14th and there are so many cool things happening in the building that we don´t really know where to start in describing them all...

We are preparing for our 5th annual Children's Art fundraiser, organizing incredible tours hosting interesting cultural events and continuing to recycle, recycle and keep this town clean. But the most important work that we are doing is happening in the library and in the myriad of classes being attended by more than 100 local kids every day of the week. We have computer and english lessons, belly dancing, jiu-jitsu, art and horseback riding, reading circles and of course one of the children favorites: the circus workshops. The kids are learning so much and having so much fun while they do it!

If you are in San Pancho, come see our bodega, it is a magical place, full of hope and laughter. We are located in Ave. Tercer Mundo #12 and are open Monday through Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturdays from 10 to 2. Guided tours can be scheduled please ask at the front desk.

See you soon!

Volunteers are needed for the following; Twice a week to drive students to their horse class (in town at the new polo field), in the gallery and recicla shop reception desks, as art teachers and as technology tutors.

We are soliciting donation of household items to be painted and repurposed for our 5th annual Fundraiser.  We need your lamps, chairs, couches, frames, vases etc.  Please drop them by Recicla Shop and let them know that it is for the fundraiser.

Orchid & Bird Watching Tours

2 extraordinary experiences you will only find in San Pancho!! 
Reservations are required. Sign up at entreamigos today.

Thursday, February 14th and 28th, 2PM. $300p 
Visit the amazing orchid farm & hidden gem in the jungle. Take a walking trip through one of the most complete collections of wild orchids in Mexico. Please bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes & water

Saturday, February 9th. 7AM $300p 
Prepare yourself to see multitudes of bird species that inhabit San Pancho´s estuary and jungle. A unique opportunity to watch these birds in their natural habitat. Bring comfortable clothes & walking shoes.

Hay tantas cosas en entreamigos estos días! El esgundo bloque de talleres para niños comenzó este Lunes 14 de Enero y hay tantas cosas lindas sucediendo en la bodega que no sabemos ni por dónde empezar a compartirles...

Estamos preparando nuestro 5to Festival de Arte Infantil, organizando increíbles tours, hemos sido anfitriones de interesantes eventos culturales y seguimos reciclando y trabajando mucho para mantener San Pancho limpio. Pero nuestra labor más importante, se lleva a cabo  día con día en la biblioteca, en las clases y talleres a las que más de 100 chicos de la localidad asisten. Tenemos clases de inglés y computación, talleres de belly dancing, jiu-jitsu, arte y caballos, también hacemos nuestros círculos de lectura y por supuesto uno de los favoritos de los niños: las clases de circo. Los chicos están aprendiendo tanto! Y divirtiéndose mucho mientras lo hacen.

Si estas en San Pancho, ven a visitar nuestra bodega, es un lugar mágico, lleno de esperanza y sonrisas. Estamos en Av. Tercer Mundo #12 y estamos abiertos de Lunes a Viernes de 10 a 6 y Sábados de 10 a 2. También podemos programar tours guiados, por favor acércate a nuestra recepción.

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Nos urgen voluntarios para las siguientes actividades: Dos veces por semana llevar a los chicos a la clase de caballos (al nuevo campo de polo en San Pancho), ayuda en el mostrador de la galería y recicla shop, profesores de arte y tutores para el centro de tecnología.

Estamos solicitando donaciones de artículos del hogar para restaurarlos y decorarlos para nuestro 5tp Festival de Arte Infantil. Especialmente lámparas, sillas, sillones, jarrones, etc. Por favor entregalos en Recicla Shop y avísales que es para el festival.

Hotel Cielo Rojo


Wednesday January 30

Once again, we are thrilled to have Joe and friends at the Bistro for sweet music, good company and delicious cuisine.  

Live music starts at 7:00 pm and dinner seating from 5:00 pm. Enjoy our lovey patio restaurant, unique cocktails and Tapa-Stylle delights that will be featured for this special evening.

Share the evening with us. Come for appetizers, a cocktail or stay for dinner while enjoying the sweet sounds of Joe Hadlock.

Reservations suggested. No cover.
311. 258 4155     

Every Friday at Cielo Rojo, we offer courtesy tasting of our house tequila from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, including surprise appetizer samples too!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Escuela del Mundo



Noche de Flamenco - Night of Flamenco
a benefit for Escuela del Mundo, A.C.
a non profit preescolar & elementary school
$300 pesos per person
Monday, February 4
6:00 pm
Restaurant LA PLAYA
San Pancho
Support our school and enjoy an amazing show and delicious tapas & paella. Entry includes a welcome Sangria,  tapas, paella dish and live Flamenco performances. Cocktail / Wine also available for purchase. Tickets on sale at the school (ESCUELA DEL MUNDO 311.258.4441) or at the door the day of the event.
Performances by Grupo Alegria, Flamenco Company from Guadalajara plus guest dancers from Puerto Vallarta Flamenco schools.
Proceeds of the event will go towards helping our scholarship program for native San Pancho families attending pre-school and elementary. Escuela del Mundo appreciates the support of La Playa restaurant for donating their space.
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Reggae at La Playa Resaurant on the Beach!

Friday, February 15 starting at 8pm with a $50.00 pesos cover at the door.  We will have a special menu of appetizers, salads, and other things.  Come and enjoy!

Restaurant - Bar La Playa,
second restaurant on the left
when facing the ocean
Make reservations now! 311 258 4381 
Back From The Brink
In the dark of night on November 28th, 2012 an Eastern Pacific Leatherback crawled out of the sea, nearly undetected, and left her eggs buried deep in the warm sand of  San Pancho. This was only the second time in 15 years that a Leatherback  (Dermochelys coriacea) has nested on this shore, and sadly..... it may very well be the last time.   Ever.   Most scientists agree that Leatherbacks will be completely extinct in the Eastern Pacific in the next 10-20 years.  In 1985 there were an estimated 110,000  female Leatherbacks.  Now estimates stand at less than 1,000.  That's a 99% loss of population in less than 30 years.  This nest represents this species' last desperate grasp at survival as it slides rapidly and unavoidably into extinction.  Considering that these creatures have circumnavigated the globe for the past 200 million years-- that loss is brutally quick. And brutally final.  Survival techniques that have worked since before the time of the dinosaurs no longer work. The pressures of over-fishing, drowning in nets, entanglement in trash, ingestion of plastics, boat collisions, pollution, beach erosion and climate change have happened so fast the Leatherbacks have been unable to adapt.    When (and if) these eggs hatch --those hatchlings must survive for 15 years before they are old enough to reproduce. The facts are sobering and depressing, indeed, but on the other hand we can choose to view this nest as a beautiful gift and an incredible opportunity to catch a last glimpse of one of nature's amazing miracles.  The nest should hatch sometime between today and February 10th and we are asking everyone on the beach to help us watch for the hatchlings.  Please call Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde anytime 24/7 if you see the nest hatching.  Landline: 311 258-4100 or Cell 322 202 1576.   You can follow us on Facebook at San Pancho Turtles or visit our website at     Thank you for your support.

For more information about the turtle program, visit our website: 

Or you can see our day to day work on Facebook at: San Pancho Turtles 


O usted puede ver nuestro trabajo del día a día en Facebook en: San Pancho Tortugas 


What is Zumba?

Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer  

Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s.  

Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements.  

Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.  

  Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

Zumba is here in San Pancho and is free!  

Monday through Friday, at 9:00AM and 5:00PM, at Plaza del Sol.

Lets Zumba!
                                        Tiny Seeds=Big  Nutrition  
Have you tried chia seeds yet? Though chia seeds are fairly new to the nutritional scene, chia seeds are not a new food. The Aztecs and Mayans have used these little guys as a staple food source for hundreds of years. In fact, Aztec and Mayan warriors raved that they could sustain themselves for consecutive days of travel with only a pouch of chia seeds and a container of water. Lucky for us, this traditional food wisdom has trickled over to this stretch of the Mexican Pacific.  Please allow me to introduce you to chia seeds!

Chia seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch that is a treat to your body in many ways. They are naturally high in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, healthy fats and proteins, offering a nutritional satisfaction to your body that is truly impressive. These seeds are also very rich in vitamin C, calcium and antioxidants.  Those of you looking for increased energy and weight loss will be particularly happy to hear that chia seeds suppress your appetite and increase your energy, allowing you to shed excess pounds easily and without hunger. Why?

Chia seeds keep you satisfied and nourished in three ways:

1) They absorb liquid. This makes them bulk up and you feel as though you have eaten more than you really have.

2) They digest slowly. This means you will feel fuller and more satisfied for longer. By eating less your body can also devote less energy to digestion and more energy to enjoying life!

3) They are high in nutrition. The seeds nourish your body with a spectrum of nutrients, which keeps you satisfied. When you have your nutritional basis covered your body will feel balanced and be much less likely to crave everything in sight!  Chia seeds can help you say goodbye crazy to food cravings.

Research has shown that when eaten on a regular basis, these chia seeds can also increase your metabolism and help you burn fat faster. Sounds pretty good right? These tiny seeds are a true superfood.

Ready to give them a try? You can find chia seeds at our local farmer's markets (Fridays in Sayulita and Sundays in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle), as well as in the bulk section of the Mega grocery store in Bucerias.  

How to use them?  Soak chia seeds in water for at least 15 minutes. Chia seeds on their own don't taste like much but I highly recommend adding them to smoothies, soups, cereals and more. Check out my recipe for a chia seed energy drink here.

By Tamara Jacobi

Ready to get your health back on track? Check out my

free guide to start listening to your body.   

Tamara Jacobi
Jungle Lodge Manager & Holistic Health Coach
San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
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