FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What airport do I fly in to for the Mexico Retreats?

Ixtapa/Zihuataneo (ZIH), and then it is a 40 minute drive to Troncones.  

  • How do I get from the airport to the Villa?

Vicki will arrange a taxi that will be waiting for you.

  • Do I need a passport?

Yes, and make sure it is valid for longer than 6 months beyond your return to the US.  You also need a book passport, not just a passport card.

  • Do I need cash at the Villa for anything?

Villa and Retreat staff very much appreciate your gratuities.  Surfing lessons/board rentals, horseback rides, kayak excursions, hot springs and Temezcal outings are all NOT included in your Retreat fee and so cash will be needed for those things.

  • Should I bring US Dollars or how do I get Mexican currency?

There is one ATM at Maria's Tienda in town where you can get pesos.  Some of the restaurants will take/exchange dollars, but the exchange rate will be about 20% higher.

  • How close is the Villa to town?

It is a 5 minute walk to the town of Majahua where there are two small tiendas to buy snacks, alcohol, and beach items. Troncones is a 25 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride. There you will find many little shops, restaurants, a pharmacy and a medical clinic.

  • Is it safe in this area?

Yes, in the several years I have spent there I have never felt threatened or unsafe at night or in the day.  I even left my wallet in two different places in the middle of Troncones and it was right where I left it an hour later!

  • How do we get to and from the Ranch for our Equine Learning Sessions?

Vicki will arrange for a taxi to come pick you up and take you back.  It is a 5 minute drive along the beach road.  For those of you who love beachcombing or want some exercise, it is a 30 minute walk along the beach.  Or, you can ride a horse! (extra fee applies)

  • Can I ride horses during my free time?

Yes, guided beach or trail rides of all lengths can be arranged and the horses will be brought to you at the Villa.  It is about $25 per hour plus gratuity.

  • Can I go surfing?

The town of La Saladita 25 minutes North has an excellent wave for beginners and taxis there and back can be arranged any time.  Vicki can arrange surf lessons for you there or even in Troncones if the conditions warrant.  If you are experienced, there are many fun breaks within walking distance of the Villa.  Manzanillo Bay is a 5 minute walk from the Villa and is a great intermediate to advanced wave that works as long as there's 2-3 feet of swell.  A five minute walk from the horse ranch is La Boca, a very fun beach break that works on all swells. For those of you who want to make a day of it, the spot called The Ranch is a 45 minute drive north.  It has a super fun left and a separate right around the corner, with THE BEST little restaurant right there on the beach!   Boards of all sizes can be rented in Troncones or you can bring your own.

  

  • If I'm having a such great time and don't want to leave, can I extend into the next Retreat if there is an open spot?

Of course!  And, Vicki can help you find accommodations in Troncones before or after your Retreat if you'd like to come early or stay late.