Jan 8 - Feb 19 (6 weeks together!) | Feb 26 - Mar 26 2021
6 weeks Coliving & Coworking along Mexico's Pacific Bay
Get ready to feel the sun on your skin and let loose to beach waves at one of our most charming destinations. Coastal lagoons, exotic fish, and several species of turtles make Puerto Escondido the ideal place for surfing, snorkeling and diving. There's no doubt why Puerto Escondido is a sought-after destination by locals and expats alike!
Surfing In The Pacific
Get your surfboard ready to hit the waves at Playa Zicatela. With waves as high as 6 meters, the swell in Playa Zicatela is among the best in the world. It’s not a mystery why Zicatela is frequently hosting state, national and international surfing competitions.
Playa Marinero is another world class surf spot commonly frequented by surfing and bodysurf enthusiasts – and its smaller waves are ideal for beginners. The picture-perfect turquoise waters at Marinero make it a popular destination for sunset horseback riding as well.
Rejoice In That Beach Life
Puerto Escondido is surrounded by transparent warm waters with a variety of beaches that cater to every taste. Playa Principal - the closest one to town- boasts fine textured sands and the chill swell makes it a perfect spot for swimming. Not only that, but this beach is also where most fishermen arrive with the catch of the day.
If isolated beaches are your jam, Carrizalillo is a better option. Flanked by rocky structures this beach is perfect for those who enjoy diving or snorkeling. The descent through the steep staircase is well worth it!
By foot, canoe, horse or scooter?
Just a short drive away from Puerto Escondido, you'll find one of the most magical places in the world. Laguna Manialtepec is a rarity, bringing together salty water from the ocean, sweet water from the river and thermal springs from deep underground. But that’s not where it ends – the surface of the lagoon is surrounded by mangroves and covered by bio-luminescent plankton, which makes it a very attractive night show.
Or how do you feel about going on a nice hike?
Savor Amazing Food
No trip to Mexico is complete without taking a moment to sample tacos directly from the source. But beyond just mind-blowing tacos – in Puerto Escondido you can eat freshly caught seafood while sipping margaritas right on the beach!!
Walk around El Adoquin
..., but don't forget your face mask! This is the name given to Puerto Escondido’s old town, due to the type of rock that covers the ground. This area gathers a large number of visitors every day for its traditional picturesque look, not to mention the endless row of shops for souvenir enthusiasts! When sun sets, this area truly comes ot life. Vehicle access is not allowed past 6 pm, leaving plenty of room for street artists and musicians to take over the road. Visitors are free to wander the sights, enjoying the restaurants, bars and shops, but we will be aware of the social distancing.
Visit Mazunte's Mexican Tortoise Centre
After many years of exploitation, Mazunte has turn into a place with a strong ecological vocation. The Tortoise Center works hand-in-hand with the community in an effort to recover the population of this gentle species. By visiting Mazunte, you can not only learn about these beautiful creatures but also support the efforts of conservation - all while enjoying the stunning views from Mazunte's white sand beach.
Immerse In Oaxacan Culture
The State of Oaxaca is the jewel of the Mexican southwest! It has impressed travelers from all over the world for years not only for its magical landscapes, but also for the unique traditions and architectural beauty of this region. Oaxaca is a melting pot of cultures which translates into a feast of colors and artistic expression.
Visit the capital of the region, Oaxaca City, and marvel at the architectonic treasures built from green volcanic rock, dine at award-winning restaurants, drink the true Mexican mezcal, and enjoy the popular art. Any time spent in Oaxaca is true feast for all your senses!
Our Home in Puerto Escondido
We'll be calling an eleven-bedroom lodge our home in Puerto Escondido, including a number of ensuite. It's the 2nd time we'll be staying here and we've selected this lodge specifically with COVID front of mind – the ideal set-up during times with lots of outdoor community space: shared terrace, pool and beds and a balcony upstairs with standing desks to work from (instead of a chair, you can sit on a swing as well)
We are going to stay downtown Puerto Escondido (the area is called Brisas de Zicatela), only 5min walking distance from the beach, which makes it really easy to go for morning run on the beach or an evening swim with the sunset. (Due to Covid the beach access might be restricted, we'll keep an eye on it)
The accommodation comes equipped with good internet, AC, open common areas for work, ..a Coliving setup that will make is easy for us all to be productive, feel comfortable, and have the freedom to explore this amazing country!
Here you can see a collection of photos of our Coliving home in Puerto Escondido
If you’d like to find out more about what it’s like to live in Puerto Escondido as a ‘digital nomad’, including internet speeds, cost of living, and coworking spaces, have a look at Nomad List’s guide. Internet speeds and stability is generally very good for the region. But we always have MiFi devices with mobile data as backups in all homes to make sure that we can keep working productively if there are any stability issues.
Ready to Join our Tribe in Puerto Escondido?
January 8 - February 19 | Feb 26 - Mar 26 2021
If you're interested in our Puerto Escondido chapter, please apply here first. If you're already a WiFi Tribe member, please submit a booking form to reserve your place in Puerto Escondido!
Jan 8 - Feb 19: Submit the booking form
Feb 26 - Mar 26: Submit the booking form
Private Room: $2250
Shared Room: $1350
Note: the rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All shared rooms are between 2-3 people.
What to Expect?
Beach / Surfing / Culture / Relaxed / Nature / Water Sports / Food
- Accommodation: We are all staying together in one big property
- Work Space: Lots of indoor and outdoor space available to switch up your remote office and level up your work routine
- The Tribe: max 16 members
- Internet: Typical city internet speeds of 23 mpbs
- Pace: Chill coastal city! Great food, quality surfing and diving, and a beautiful old town for walking around
I'm New to this... How does it Work?
WiFi Tribe has an annual chapter plan model: Successful applicants choose how often they want to travel with the tribe within a year and decide what chapter plan they would like. You can find out more about chapter plan prices here.
Are there changes to Chapters due to COVID?
With borders starting to open up again, we collaborated with our community to decide what our first chapters should look like – both in terms of the fun, and the necessary adaptations. With over 100 responses, we've had a lot of feedback and great ideas to work with, so you'll see a few changes to adapt to the current global pandemic.
Most importantly, we all have a responsibility to the local communities that host us in their countries to keep them safe. Of course, we are also introducing new guidelines and policies to keep one another safe and healthy while we live here together.
As you read through our guidelines below, you will see a combination of all the local government guidelines, as well as additional measures to ensure safety for everyone as we travel and live together. In addition, there will be measures specific to each chapter that will be shared with the people attending that chapter during the 2-week online meet-and-greet.
Every Tribe member has been welcomed into WiFi Tribe because we felt that there was an alignment with our 6 values: Respect, Humility, Camaraderie, Curiosity, Passion, and Inclusion. Now, it is more important than ever that we choose to live by them every day. We will enforce the following protocols as necessary, but we are confident that every member on this Chapter will respect fellow Tribe members and the local community.
In addition to all of our usual considerations, we are focusing on the following:
- Lower rates of Covid-19 infections
- Places with greater travel accessibility (e.g., no quarantine requirements upon arrival)
- Larger properties a little bit further outside of main cities
- Having enough space for everyone to be comfortable
- Accessible local medical services
- Beautiful surrounding nature for walks and adventures where it is easier to social distance
- Properties that will allow us to be independent and, if necessary, limit our contact with the local community.
This means that chapter locations will more likely take on a more retreat style feel, similar to our iconic Bolivia chapter.
For more information check out this article.
As of January 20th 2021, this chapter is available to members coming from all countries.
IMPORTANT: As travel regulations are changing rapidly, please make sure you double check your eligibility to enter the country by contacting your local Mexican embassy, regardless of your nationality or origin of travel, to confirm your continued eligibility.
Our group sizes are already limited to 25 members whether there’s a pandemic or not.
Back in August, we didn’t customize the size of the Chapter to the type of housing we secured. We made a blanket rule to have a maximum of 18 attendees on a Chapter. Since this decision, we’ve decided to now cap the number of participants depending on the type of accommodation and the location, instead.
For example, if we have a property with ample space inside and outdoors, lots of ensuite bathrooms, and well-ventilated community spaces, then we can host a larger group. However, if our home is compact and missing key amenities, then we’ll reduce the group size to a number that’s appropriate for the space.
Our focus has and always will be, the building of a solid, amazing community made up of brilliant, kind, conscientious people. These new chapters moving forward are going to be great for those of you that really want to build amazing relationships and be somewhere beautiful, spacious and rich in natural beauty.
If you feel like you need something more stimulating with a lot of events and people everywhere then it may be better for you to wait it out a little longer for chapters later this year or next year.
New Prevention Protocols
Every Chapter has a protocol document tailored to the specific location we’re in. This document details everything about the local regulations, where to get tested, and what numbers to call if symptoms appear. It’s sent to everybody who is participating in the Chapter before we arrive.
In addition to receiving location-specific information, we’ve created guidelines for what members can and cannot do while attending a Chapter. Using internationally recognized methods for mitigating the spread of Covid-19, members must ask themselves four questions to assess if an activity or situation is safe:
If I go there or join that activity...
- Can I wear a mask?
- Can I socially distance myself (at least 2m)?
- Is it an open and well-ventilated area?
- Will less than 50 people be in attendance?
If the answer is “no” for any of these questions, that activity doesn’t pass the test and is discouraged. If any member participates in an activity that has made others feel unsafe, we also reserve the right to ask that person to self-isolate and take a PCR test at their own cost.
Your safety is our main priority which is why travel health insurance is required to participate in this chapter. While not required, we strongly recommend that you obtain an insurance policy that will cover the event of contracting COVID-19. Our partner Safety Wings has a very comprehensive insurance.
Please note that it is your responsibility to double check your health coverage.
It’s going to be a little harder to social distance while living with others, so we need to be extra mindful to ensure everyone's safety and comfort. We require the following:
- Don’t go in each other’s bedrooms if you don’t need to.
- Reduce physical contact with other members as much as possible.
- If you go out, please ensure that you wash your hands when coming back into the house. Routinely disinfect your hands with alcohol gels and antibacterial wipes etc.
- After using communal spaces please make the extra effort to keep them tidy and disinfect the surfaces. Your chapter host will make sure that there is a healthy supply of high quality cleaning products to do this.
- While on chapter, members cannot attend gatherings with 50+ people.
Please consider where you are going - if you individually decide to do an activity like go to a gathering, or crowded place, you could put your fellow Tribers and the local community at risk. Please think about going on adventures that keep you together with the Tribe and involve big open spaces with plenty of light and ventilation.
- Beaches, pools and other nature areas - Open with a max capacity of 60%
- Restaurants - Open and each establishment has their own rules.
- Archeological sites - Sites are currently not open
Follow the advice of the local authorities. Individual states in Mexico are imposing additional measures and restrictions. The Mexican government has put into place a traffic light system to manage the easing of restrictions, this varies from state to state; review local government websites for detailed information for the state of Oaxaca here.
- Members can not break any local regulations or restrictions. This includes regulations like curfews, attending large gatherings, purchasing alcohol outside of approved times, etc.
Members can not bring external visitors to the Chapter accommodations. This includes any non-Chapter members as well as external visitors meaning dates, family, or friends who may be in the same city as the Chapter.
To further ensure everyone’s safety, Bonus Tribing will not be available on this chapter.
An iconic part of any chapter are the weekend trips. We would want those to continue. But now we ask that we think carefully about where we go, the logistics around how we get there and where we stay. Please consider the following when planning weekend trips:
Can we get private transport? (e.g. hiring cars, hiring a private bus)
Can we avoid the use of the airport and still get there in a timely manner?
Is the property or accommodation set up to deal with the number of people going?
If someone starts to feel unwell, can we get to a local hospital? Can that local hospital deal with potential covid-19 infections?
Are there plenty of activities that make it easy to social distance?
As of October 21st 2020, you are not expected to quarantine upon arrival unless you test positive for covid-19.
IMPORTANT: For the safety of all members and the local community, all members will be required to take a PCR Covid19 test within 96 hours of arrival. We are looking into finalizing a partnership with a local clinic. The cost of the test is estimated to be 200 USD, of which 50% will be covered by WiFi Tribe.
All members attending this Chapter now need to provide a negative PCR test result up to 96 hours before arriving to the Chapter accommodations.
Members can complete the test in any country and must email proof of their negative test result to the Chapter Host prior to arrival. Due to differences in healthcare and currencies, the cost of the test will be member’s responsibility.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are currently booked on this Chapter and have question.
Mexico has a traffic light system to manage their local health measures. Each week each state dictates separately which “light” (aka restrictions) are applicable. For example, while Mexico DF might be “green”, Quintana Roo (the state where Playa is located) could be “yellow”.
Green: All activities are permitted.
Yellow: All work is permitted while observing risk prevention measures specially for vulnerable populations. Outdoor public spaces will be open and indoor public spaces will be open with reduced capacity.
Orange: In addition to essential economic activity, other non essential businesses will be allowed to operate with 30% of personnel and following covid risk preventive measures. Outdoor public spaces will be open with reduced capacity.
Red: Only essential economic activity will be allowed. People can walk around their homes during the day.
We will be monitoring any updates on restrictions, however for the full health protocol please:
From the main menu select “semaforos”
Select the current dates
Select the PDF of the region “Norte” which includes the municipality of Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located.
If you start feeling unwell, the first thing you need to do is:
Contact your chapter host immediately. You should send a message on Slack and explain your symptoms. Please note that depending on your symptoms we might be required to follow the local health protocols.
Regardless of the symptoms, please limit your contact with other people and wear your mask.
Your chapter host will assist you if you need to go to the hospital or we need to send for a doctor.
You will need to follow up with your insurance policy to deal with any costs but the host will be there to support and keep checking in to make sure you’re doing okay.
We are a family, so be considerate and kind. If you can help with preparing healthy food or doing a little extra grocery shopping to help and keep your fellow Triber well fed and feeling loved, then let's do that and get through it together.
We recommend that you bring any medicine you may need with you to troubleshoot minor ailments. To prevent misunderstanding at customs, please ensure you bring them in their original packaging. For any medication that requires a prescription, please make sure you bring the original transcript. As a starting point we suggest to bring:
Please bring a working digital thermometer so that your temperature can also be checked.
As of September 11th 2020 all travellers will be required to fill out a Health Control Form and sign it electronically when travelling to Mexico. You can find it here:
For specific protocols upon arrival visit the Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún y el Aeropuerto Internacional de Cozumel website: https://es.cancunairport.com/
We strongly recommend you revisit their site periodically and 72-48 hrs before your departure.
All of our Chapter Hosts will follow a robust process if someone in the group becomes unwell, needs to self isolate, or tests positive for Covid-19. Our processes are taken from EU medical authorities and will work in combination with all local protocols.
At a high-level, if anyone tests positive we’re requiring all members to self-isolate until a medical professional can administer a new test at least 4 days from their last contact with the ill person. If a government provides separate housing for those with a positive test, we’ll work with local authorities to safely move them to the approved location. If governments don’t provide housing, we’ll help the ill member secure new accommodations immediately and arrange transportation that limits human contact as much as possible.
Do these guidelines make a Chapter Covid-19 proof? No, they don’t. We recognize the impossibility of completely eliminating the risks. Our aim is to limit our exposure as much as we can and make decisions that protect local communities, our members, and teammates.
If you feel that a member is doing something that puts you at risk, you have the following options:
- Fill out the anonymous reporting form
- Speak directly to your chapter host
- Speak to the people involved and ask them to be more considerate. This approach is very much dependent on the situation and the people involved so this is not an expectation but an option.
We would ask everybody to remember that when living in a collective situation, you have to be mindful of people around you. We reserve the right to ask people to leave if they are taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger. So we ask that you don’t take these things lightly regardless of your personal views on the matter.
This system also applies to any other grievances that pertain to any instances of things like harassment, bullying or other forms of abuse. Please see our Terms and Condition for more details.
Due to the constantly changing nature of travel WiFi Tribe is not liable for specific travel restrictions or cancellations. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance and buy flexible tickets. For further information please look at section 10 & 11 of our Terms and Conditions.
We are constantly monitoring the number of cases and local governmental response. We will be evaluating the situation as things change and keep you informed of any changes to our current plans. For further information please look at our Terms and Conditions.
We are in a privileged position where, if needed, we can comfortably be quarantined in our location. If a quarantine was necessary, the properties are equipped to help us spend an extended period of time in lockdown agreeably.
In addition, we will be monitoring the country’s security measures and keeping Tribers informed. Any lockdown that Mexico has imposed in the past has limited people from coming into the country, but has not limited people from returning to their home countries. So, if people decide to leave, they should be able to do so.
We are aiming for a self check-in as seamless as possible. We will send you the instructions via slack a couple of days before your arrival with all the relevant details (which villa/house/apartment, bedroom etc). Your chapter host will be present to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If there are any issues with the property contact your chapter host
You will find automatic tellers. Most shops accept payment by credit card and some will accept USD cash.