Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is proud to be able to say that its staff and guests are all animal lovers! And of course, what animal lover doesn’t love dogs?
For this reason,Sandos Caracol has welcomed famed dog expert Cesar Millan, star of the NatGeo WILD show “Leader of the Pack,” to visit the property for a weekend dedicated to spreading awareness on dog adoption in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. On April 23 and 24, the resort hosted Cesar Millan Weekend at Sandos Caracol with two days of memorable dog events to benefit the animal shelters of the Riviera Maya.
On Saturday, Cesar took advantage of his time in Playa del Carmen to visit one of the local dog shelters present at the event: SOS El Arca (“SOS The Ark”). This small shelter is one of the most in need, providing shelter and care for former street dogs while they wait to be adopted. In the evening, Sandos Caracol hosted a small Meet & Greet Cocktail Party where attendees had the opportunity to meet Cesar Millan and take pictures with him, all while enjoying refreshing cocktails and innovative vegan hors d’oeuvres.
After the cocktail party, a Mayan warrior led Cesar to the night’s much-awaited VIP dinner along with dinner attendees and the three xoloitzcuintle dogs; the entire group entered the jungles of Sandos Caracol, where they feasted on a mouthwatering dinner while viewing the spectacular Mayan show called The Fire of Life. 100 percent of ticket sales from the Meet & Greet and the VIP Dinner were distributed among the animal shelters of Riviera Maya.
Sandos Caracol hosted an all-day dog fair on Sunday, which included a doggie lounge where hotel guests could meet dogs that are up for adoption, dog-walking around the resort grounds, a special display for the rescued xoloitzcuintle dogs (Mexican hairless), animal face painting for kids, and a Sandos Market for local animal Riviera Maya shelters in search of forever homes for their dogs. Sandos Caracol invited nine Riviera Maya animal shelters to spread awareness and give hotel guests the opportunity to adopt a local dog.
At noon, hotel guests and Riviera Maya locals alike had the chance to see Cesar Millan speak live at the Sandos Caracol theater. He told the crowd his personal journey, explaining how his career began and how he became one of the world’s best dog trainers. In addition to showing the most effective dog training techniques, Cesar also emphasized the importance of adopting pets instead of buying them, and why guests should spay and neuter their dogs to prevent puppies from becoming street dogs. For more information, visit sandos.com.