Igloos in Mexico: Say What ?!?!

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by Editor, Time in Playa Del Carmen

Another fun adventure is in our future! While they not be real igloos they will certainly look like it when all is said and done.

We are blessed with a good family relationship with my brother and his wife. When they first moved down to Playa del Carmen we were able to stay connected by coming to visit them and becoming familiar with Playa. Now after about 15 years in Playa the time has come for them to move on.

Their plan is to move across country to Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s wine valley, just 15 minutes inland from Ensenada (a lovely coastal city and cruise port) and about 2 hours drive south of San Diego. My sister-in-law Suzanne has always had the dream to have her own B&B so they are going to make this dream a reality.

Having spent time as Suzanne & Shawn’s house guests over the years we can attest to the fact that Suzanne is an awesome cook but even more fantastic as a baker and everything she creates is done with love. It gives her so much joy to create happiness for others through her cooking and her infectious good spirit.

Always with a smile on her face and a quirky joke now and then you can’t help but be drawn into Suzanne’s goodness. Shawn just smiles pleasantly at Suzanne’s antics – you never know when she will suddenly break out in dance as a tune takes hold of her!

Their new venture will involve creating earth bag casitas (cottages) that really give the appearance of an igloo when they are complete. They will be creating an eco friendly lifestyle using earth bag construction for their buildings.


The benefits of this are:

  • easy to build with;
  • ecological – using mostly earth;
  • durable;
  • earthquake and flood resistant;
  • non-toxic;
  • uses a simple foundation.


Along with the earth bag construction they will also be incorporating:

  • solar power;
  • captured rain water;
  • reusing water in the gardens;
  • the use of natural cleaning products.
Shawn and Suzanne Bandick hanging out with Life Coach Bob Proctor from “The Secret”; movie about Law of Attraction. Shawn and Suzanne are also facilitators at Bob’s global success inspiring company

They will have a main house for themselves and 6 casitas for guests to book while they explore the wine country and the many vineyards in the valley. They have even included space for us to build our own accommodations above the 3 car garage. So the next chapter and a new adventure begins soon. We look forward to helping with the construction of the casitas and watching this new chapter unfold.

ALL PICTURES ARE EXAMPLES from their last trip to Valle de Guadalupe, to give you an idea of what they will create.

If you are interested in learning more about this venture you can follow these links:

Author Cynthia Bandick Temorcioglu

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