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Space. Action. Change.


Tortuga Escondida Residency Center living space is comprised of three floors with six large dorm style rooms. Each room has three stalled showers and three separate bathrooms. The center also has three smaller rooms with private bathrooms.


We are equipped with an industrial sized kitchen, rooftop chill space and a 30’ pool fed by underground aquifer built to PADI dive certification standards. A large communal dining area is perfect for meals, studying or just having fun together. With the capacity to host up to over 100 people the rooms can also be made into private spaces.


Resident and Fellowship participants are provided with a private room (option to share) that includes ample studio space. Additionally, there are shared studio spaces which are outdoors/screened in. We feel this offers the best of both worlds; giving people a chance to be social or solitary.

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Amenities include:​

  • Pool

  • Housekeeping

  • Wi-fi

  • Air conditioning

  • Ceiling fans

  • Parking

  • Purified water in each room
  • Tea / coffee

  • Books, Games, Videos, Music

  • (Food program for groups)

  • Turtle Bay Cafe & Bakery cooks/staff

Tortuga Escondida Residency Center

Akumal: Place of the Turtle

Tortuga Escondida: Place of the Hidden Turtle


In the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, this place is rampant with unique archaeological, cultural, and scientific significance. It holds incredible beauty.


Tortuga Escondida is where scientists, artists, makers, students and other interesting humans can reside and work together.

Tortuga Escondida is nestled in the jungle; a hidden hacienda, green and tranquil. Immersed in nature, residents experience a myriad of flora and fauna; birds, insects, plants are more than abundant.

Three kilometers east is the Caribbean Sea. The Mesoamerican Reef lines the shore which is a major nesting grounds for endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles. Mangroves form the borderlands between sea and jungle. The world’s largest underground river system runs under our feet, flowing towards the sea.

Tortuga Escondida is a place to hold inquiry, questions, experiments, dialogue, education, advocacy, a place for Science, for Art.


Akumal, Mexico is the place of community, a family of people, diverse in places of origin, in language and culture.

We welcome visitors from near and far as family.

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