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2 Eco Friendly Resorts in Mexico We Love

There are many new eco-friendly resorts that are starting to pop up around the world. Enjoy the perfect combination of fun and responsibility on your next vacation by staying at an environmentally friendly resort. Consider a green getaway to help preserve your favorite vacation destinations for years to come. Whether you’re passionate about sustainability or just want to make a difference, you can feel better knowing that you’re enjoying the best aspects of a beachfront vacation while simultaneously preserving the environment. Each of the hotels featured below go above and beyond to be as eco-friendly as possible by participating in endeavors such as beach clean-ups, wildlife preservations, recycling programs, and more. Guests can also participate by choosing to reuse towels and sheets, conserving water, and learning about innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Many of the properties have also been recognized by some of the leading eco-friendly organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance and Green Globe for their outstanding initiatives. From the breathtaking shores of Cancun to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, there are environmentally responsible resorts in destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Positively impact the world today by booking an unforgettable vacation to one of our eco-friendly resorts.

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort

Located on a private beach spanning over one mile, this newly renovated resort is comprised of four hotels – Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and Maya Tropical. Perfect for families, couples, and singles looking for both luxury and excitement, this all-inclusive oasis offers spectacular options for dining, activities, and more.

Explore beautiful walking trails and paths that are perfect for those looking to relax while taking a leisurely stroll, or who want to take in the scenery while going for a heart pumping jog. Workout in the new state-of-the-art fitness center or try the hydro therapy circuit available at the Spa. If sports are more to your liking, you’ll enjoy tennis, basketball, soccer, mini golf, bowling, billiards, and an arcade. Enjoy a variety of watersports available at the Watersports and Dive Center. Nightly activities include live shows with professionally choreographed routines, a nightclub, and a teens club (ages 13-17).

Traveling with children has never been easier thanks to Barcy’s Kids Club. Daily activities for little ones ages 4-12 are available from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. If spending time outside is more to your child’s liking, Pirates Island Water Park is sure to impress. Complete with two pools and a variety of other water activities, your child will always be entertained!

When you’ve worked up an appetite after all your fun in the sun, visit one of 17 delicious restaurants. From a la carte to buffets and snack bars, there’s no shortage of options here. You’ll also be able to choose from 14 bars, all crafting specialty drinks to satisfy your taste buds.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort

Extra Value: Includes up to a $500 resort credit (booking dates, travel dates, duration, and usage restrictions apply).
Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property has received Gold Certification from Green Globe, has an established beach clean-up program, and places fencing around nesting areas on the beach in order to protect baby turtles.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach rests upon a shimmering beach at the head of Tangolunda Bay, the largest of the nine secluded bays of Huatulco. Built in a contemporary Mexican style, this is a prestigious resort in Huatulco, known for its luxury and green sustainability. A distinctive resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of land and water sports, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds, the swimming pool, or just go for a stroll along the sapphire waves of the Pacific Ocean, as they are all just a few steps from your room.

Located only 25 minutes from the airport and only ten minutes from Santa Cruz Bay and the main village of La Crucecita, Barcelo Huatulco Beach features six restaurants that serve everything from sushi to regional Mexican cuisine. Step up to one of five bars and enjoy unlimited domestic drinks. Lounge the day away beside one of two outdoor swimming pools. Be sure to visit the swim-up bar for a tropical treat, or work up a sweat, day or night, on the floodlit tennis courts.

Enjoy a whole host of sporting activities offered by the hotel, or stroll through the magnificent grounds and take in a wide variety of entertainment and daily live shows. The smallest members of the family can take part in supervised activities at the mini-club, hit a hole-in-one at miniature golf, or take a dip in the children’s pool.

Golfers will be challenged at the Campo de Golf Tangolunda, just five minutes away! A spectacular 18-hole, par-72 professional Golf Course designed by Mario Schjetnan Dantan and Pedro Gftereca Gurrola, the breezy green Tangolunda Golf Course stretches for 6,851 yards down Tangolunda Valley to the bay.

A true paradise by the sea, Barcelo Huatulco Beach awaits your arrival for the perfect getaway.

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Exploring Cozumel and Riviera Maya

IMG_2681I try to get to Mexico every year. It is such a great value for your vacation and they always have new resorts being built. The first week we returned to Cozumel to stay at the Occidental Grand at the Southern end of the island. This was our fifth visit to this resort and it just keeps getting better. Barcelo Resorts just purchased the entire All Inclusive Occidental chain. They say everything will remain the same plus improvements to come. They were replacing all beds, mattresses, etc. when we were there.


Some of the strongest selling points:

  • Great wide sandy beach, little seaweed on Cozumel compared to Eastern facing Riviera Maya.
  • Great snorkeling & reasonable priced diving in area
  • Beautiful grounds of well maintained gardens
  • Hardly can see the three story octagonal buildings
    housing 24 units above the foliage
  • Total of 243 rooms
  • Good food and service. One main buffet and two specialty restaurants that require reservations. No problem at least in low season.
  • Professionally entertainment brought in most nights- Folkloric Show, Fire Show, Mexican Rock band, etc.
  • Resort is for everyone but few children off season. I would assume a great resort for families during prime vacation times.
  • No wristbands needed.
  • Wi-Fi available at a cost of $60 per week

I hope to return again and hope the area never over-develops like so many other places.

DSCF1164Then we took the Ultramar ferry to Playa del Carmen ($10), now a town of over 100,000 residents. We picked up our rental car and were off to the brand new Secrets Akumal, Secrets fourth resort in Riviera Maya. Located one hour and ten minutes south of Cancun Airport on the infamous Akumal Bay which has been an undeveloped favorite beach and snorkel spot for over thirty years.

Having built five resorts in this area of Mexico before, Secrets really knows how to plan a beautiful and easy to navigate resort for Adults Only. 430 junior suites or suites with modern decor, double jacuzzi tubs in bath, double sinks, glass showers with seating, stocked refrigerators, 24 hour room service and free Wi-Fi throughout.


All rooms are nice but Preferred Club gives you better location with better views, plunge pools on balconies, Preferred Club lounge with premium liquor, snacks and concierge service.

Some of the strongest points:

  • Adults only that would work equally well for couples as singles
  • Professional entertainment every night, Mexican Warrior Show Cirque de Soleil show, Rock bands, and comedians that involve guests in their shows
  • Six specialty restaurants plus buffet, beach grill and coffee cafe. No reservations needed except at Japanese Hibachi style table. Longest wait was 30 minutes for the Portofino Italian restaurant that passed quickly at the poolside lounge with professional musicians. Food was very good throughout.
  • No wristbands needed. Really a challenge for security with other resorts next door.
  • Three main HEATED pools and continuing heated river pools fronting all buildings for swim out rooms. It is rare that hot tubs are heated in Mexico let alone pools so this was a real treat.
  • Lots of activities in the infinity pool. Main and Arch pools are quiet.
  • Beautiful, well maintained beach, seaweed cleaned up daily, no rocks in water and some of the best snorkeling in area.
  • Great service throughout. All of the staff is fresh from training and end each conversation with “It is a pleasure”.



  • Sometimes slow service in the specialty restaurants, waiting thirty minutes for next course. Whether these delays were caused by kitchen or wait staff, I think they will be resolved. The resort and staff are new so it takes time to get up to speed. Secrets has the manpower to fix it.
  • Preferred Club Lounge check in. If your reservations are in the Preferred Club section you will be escorted to the lounge which adds to the waiting time. Then, since they only had two staff members handling every job at the lounge it took another thirty minutes to check in. It only took me five minutes once I got to the desk but this needs to be expedited. No one wants to wait an hour to check in.
  • Of course our room was not ready until after 4PM so we just went to have lunch at 3PM to pass the time.


Famous Akumal Bay

We and everyone else have been coming to snorkel there for over thirty years. In fact, it is sold as an excursion as a “learn to snorkel” trip. As a result, you have all the locals, all the guests of hotels, apartments, homes next door and groups of twenty snorkelers every half hour coming to this beach. According to Mexican law, the first twenty feet from water’s edge is open to the public throughout all of Mexico. However, we had never had this problem anywhere else in Mexico for that matter.

This is a constant challenge for the Secret’s security guards to maintain order and protect their and the guests property. During our stay, they came up with a great solution. They placed poles and planted palm trees on their property at the twenty foot mark. However by week’s end the community made them remove all even the palm trees. I do not know how this will end but unfortunately having the best beach with snorkeling in area, everyone wants the use of it. We never felt in danger but glad security was there and felt badly that Secret’s has to deal with this issue. Time will tell and maybe be resolved in the future.


Xenotes Excursion

I took an online course “Xcaret Expert” that agents trains on the most popular excursions in the Riviera Maya area – Xcaret, Xplor, Xelha and the new Xenotes. This newest consists of five separate cenotes that allow for various activities in each. They are located thirty minutes inland from Puerto Morelos, off a very rough dirt road. Transfers are included for $109 per person.


You get to repel down into a water filled cave, snorkel in clear water cenote open to sun, kayak down a mile long river, zip line into the water from three different types of lines, water slide into
another river, swim down lazy river and jump 30 feet into cool waters below. All of this with lunch and snacks makes for a nine hour excursion. It was lots of fun, professionally run and well worth $109. We have done so many of these excursions and they really make this Riviera Maya so popular.


The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun – $100 Food and Beverage Credit

  • Room upgrade upon arrival if available
  • $100 food and beverage credit, once per stay

Party until sunrise in Polanco then find sanctuary at The Ritz-Carlton,Cancun, a AAA Five Diamond resort considered one of the most luxurious in the world. Indulgent amenities such as the full-service Kayantá Spa and award winning restaurants mix with the intrigue of the ancient Mayan sites nearby.

Great for family vacations with child friendly Itzy Bitzy Rooms, for families with infants.

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Family Vacation Resorts in Cancun

Family Collection

Enjoy a memorable vacation at one of our “Family-Friendly” resorts. Our collection of family vacations provides the best values at fabulous, high-quality resorts. At many resorts children stay, play and eat free! Organized kid’s clubs and special activities for teens keep the whole family entertained all vacation long.

Cancun – NOW Jade Riviera Cancun

Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE in select room types. Valid for travel 8/18/12-11/21/12 and 11/26/12-12/21/12.

NOW Jade Riviera Cancun is an upscale luxury all-inclusive resort with some of the most innovative spa treatments and fitness programs available. The resort features 550 luxurious and ample suites. Enjoy our half mile of wide, white sand beach, caressed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Discover the great culinary experience with a choice of seven restaurants and six bars, including Mexican, Asian, International Gourmet and Italian cuisine. NOW Jade Riviera Cancun is located next to the charming town of Puerto Morelos, on the north side of the area known as Riviera Maya, only 12 miles south from the Cancun International Airport and 22 miles north of Playa del Carmen.

Preferred Club Amenities:

Access to lounge offering continental breakfast, international brand cocktails, daily newspaper, complimentary access to the Internet, Concierge service and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. Preferred Club guests also receive: Upgraded room service, use of bathrobes and slippers, beach towels in the room.

Golf Promotion

TRAVEL WINDOW – 12/24/11 – 04/30/13. For travel thru 04/30/13, one complimentary round of golf per person per day is included. The Golf course is PGA 18 hole and designed by Nick Price. Restrictions apply. The use of a cart is mandatory and there is a charge of approx $50 per person shared per round. Tee Times scheduled before 1pm for travel thru 4/30/12 and 12/24/12-04/30/13 has a surcharge of approx $35 per person per round. Tee Times scheduled before 2pm for travel 5/01/12-11/30/12 surcharge of approx $35 per person per round. Tee times can be arranged up to 60 days in advance thru Resort Concierge. CC may be required when doing so. If guests wish to cancel or reschedule tee times, they must do with with at least 24 hours notice in order to avoid a $50 no-show penalty which will be charged to their credit card or room. Other restrictions may apply. See the Resort Concierge for more information.

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Cancun – Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

512 Elegantly appointed suites including 122 Royal Service Luxury Jr Suites and 2 Presidential Suites., 192 Luxury Jr Suites, 98 One bedroom suites and 98 One Bedroom Master Suites. 56 of all resort suites are swim up suites.

Elegant & modern resort with echological feeling . Located in a stunning little bay vith views of Cozumel Island . Stretches between a lush tropical mangrove preserve that is surrounded by part of the second largest coral reef formation in the world. 11 Restaurants & 8 Bars including the Gabi Club and Chill Out area.

45 minutes (34 miles) from Cancun International airport, 5 minutes (by car) to the Playa del Carmen 5th avenue .

Great facilities for kids: Kids Club, pool, playground and special amenities and activities.

Grand Convention Center with a total of 25,000 sq ft of flexible and accommodating meeting space.

YHI Spa and a state of the art Health Club

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Cancun – Grand Palladium White Sands Resort

All-Inclusive – Families of 5 may share the minimum room category with existing bedding (valid 2012; 2 adults and 3 kids 12 + under).

This beautiful Resort is superbly integrated with preserved tropical vegetation with foot paths weaving through flora and fauna to five fresh water pools and one salt water pool, and to a pristine white beach and Caribbean oceanfront. There are six restaurants, 2 buffet – four a la carte and 12 bars within the Grand Palladium White Sands Resort, and adjacent Grand Palladium Riviera Resort, plus all the guests have full use of the facilities of the neighboring Grand Palladium encasing the Colonial Resort and Spa, and the Kantenah Resort and Spa.

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Cancun – Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE in select room types. Valid for travel 8/18/12-11/21/12 and 11/26/12-12/21/12.

Set amidst the beauty and mystery of the Mayan coast, on a private beach in a marina community, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa is located perfectly between Playa del Carmen and the ancient ruins of Tulum. Once you arrive in the quaint village of Puerto Aventuras, the promise of Unlimited-Luxury® awaits you.

All guest rooms and suites are truly luxurious with private balconies or terraces and brilliant views of the multi-hued Caribbean or the yacht-filled bay. A wealth of amenities includes satellite TV, daily restocked mini-bar, full-sized baths with separate showers, and 24-hour room and concierge services.

Couples and families can spend their days relaxing poolside, enjoying water sports, or shopping in the local community. Choose among six restaurants offering sumptuous à la carte dining, five exquisite bars and lounges, Dreams Spa by Pevonia, state-of-the-art fitness center, and an Explorer’s Club for kids. Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa offers the perfect setting for a truly relaxing vacation.

Upgrade to a Preferred Club room and receive exceptional services and world-class amenities that include: a Private lounge, Impressive Ocean Views, Private Preferred Lounge, Preferred Status and Amenities, Concierge service, Daily continental breakfast served in lounge, hot and cold afternoon hors d’oeurvres, complimentary in-suite wireless internet access, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in the lounge, daily complimentary newspaper, upgraded mini bar service, and upgraded bath amenities.

2010/2011 Golf Promotion

Travel Window: 12/01/10-01/27/12. One round of golf per person per day is included complimentary. The Golf course is 18 holes and designed by Robert Trent Jones. Restrictions apply. The use of a cart is mandatory and there is a charge of approx $35 per person per round for travel 12/01/10-12/23/10, $45 per person per round for travel 12/24/10-4/30/11 and 12/16/11-1/27/12, and $40 per person per round for travel 5/1/11-12/15/11. A surcharge will apply for premium tee times as well, $35 for travel 12/1/10-12/23/10, $40 for travel 12/24/10-4/30/11, $35 for travel 5/1/11-12/15/11 and $45 for travel 12/16/11-1/27/12. Premium tee times are defined as before 1:30pm for travel 12/1/10-4/3/11 and 10/31/11-1/27/12 and before 2:30pm for travel 4/4/11-10/30/11. Guests have access to complimentary on course food and beverage service provided by the Golf Course. Tee times can be arranged in advance from 45 day to 24 hours with the Resort Concierge and provide a credit card when doing so. If guests wish to cancel or reschedule their tee times, they must do with with at least 24 hours notice in order to avoid a $100 no-show penalty which will be charged to their credit card on file. See the Resort Concierge for more information and reservations.

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Cancun – Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa

All-Inclusive – One child 12 and under Stays, Plays + Eats FREE. Valid for travel 2/01/12-12/20/12.

Playa Del Carmen – Come to do it all…or nothing at all. Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa is an exceptional All-Inclusive beach resort set along a wide stretch of glorious white sand caressed by the turquoise blue of the Caribbean Sea. Spend long, peaceful days steeped within the refreshing waters of one of four gorgeous swimming pools, including a separate pool area set-aside exclusively for adults. Enjoy an exciting variety of on-site watersports at no extra charge, or try your hand at a game of tennis on one of four floodlit courts. Kids and teens enjoy carefree days with new friends and peers at their own separate clubs and activity centers. Savor delicious Italian, Brazilian and Mexican cuisine at three remarkable specialty restaurants, with no restrictions on the number of nights you choose to dine at either (reservations are required). Elegant, welcoming, comfortable, and priced just right! At the Sandos Playacar beach Resort & Spa, everything is provided for your enjoyment & pleasure…everything. 460 air-conditioned rooms.

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Cancun – IBEROSTAR Cancun

All-Inclusive – This all-inclusive upscale hotel is the only hotel in Cancún with Golf + Spa facilities on site – and the fun doesn’t stop there. This Cancún resort features an array of services and amenities to meet the needs of any Cancún vacation.

In the midst of Mexico’s leading destination, the IBEROSTAR Cancún Hotel runs along the powdery beaches and pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

This all-inclusive upscale hotel is the only hotel in Cancún with Golf & Spa facilities on site – and the fun doesn’t stop there. This Cancún resort features an array of services and amenities to meet the needs of any Cancún vacation.

The beachfront IBEROSTAR Cancún stands with theatrical appeal below the cerulean sky and has been recognized with awards and accolades for over 10 years and it also was recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award. The resort is one of the very best hotels in Cancún, and is the ideal venue for a Cancún family vacation, beachfront Cancún wedding or a productive convention at the hotel’s Peninsula Convention Center.

2012 Golf Promotion

For travel 12/19/11 thru 12/20/12, play world class golf at IBEROSTAR Cancun Golf Club starting at 49.00 per person per round. Minimum of 3 night stay required. Restrictions apply. The Golf course is 18 holes. Cost for play during prime time is 89.00 per person per round from 630am-159pm and 49.00 per person per round during twilight from 200pm and onwards. Rates include taxes, green fee, shared cart fee and unlimited food and beverage.

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Cancun – Crown Paradise Club Cancun

All-Inclusive – Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE. Restrictions apply. Valid for travel through 12/22/12.

FREE GOLF: UNLIMITED GREENS FEES AT POK-TA-POK GOLF COURSE (RESTRICTIONS APPLY; TRANSPORTATION NOT INCLUDED). FAMILES: 2 KIDS 12 & UNDER STAY, PLAY & EAT FREE (RESTRICTIONS APPLY). A true paradise found, on a white sand beach framing a turquoise sea, with four swimming pools, a fabulous selection of specialty restaurants and the very best in activities for children and teens. There isn’t a more dedicated Resort to families – the trade mark is definitely “Family-Friendly”.

. A family of five (3 children 2 adults) is accepted! And two kids under 12 Stay, Play, and Eat Free, plus they have their very own Kids Paradise Club (ages 4-12 years), featuring supervised activities and a fantastic aquatic park with private pools and three waterslides. Babies have their own nursery under the watchful eye of experienced caregivers, so Mom and Dad can enjoy a romantic dinner alone. Teens (ages 13-19) also have their own area for fun at the Teens Paradise Club with two water slides, a trampoline and volleyball court.

Adults, whether they be singles, couples, and/or parents, will enjoy the assortment in dining with seafood, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, French or International cuisine there’s even country western with a mechanical bull and line-dancing to follow dinner! At night there are adults-only bars, Trafalgar’s over the waterfront, with a dance floor.

Truly a multi-faceted resort which caters to singles, couples, families – everyone!

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Cancun – Beach Palace

All-Inclusive – Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE. Minimum 3 night stay required. Valid for travel 6/01/12-8/31/12.

The Beach Palace is centrally located near Cancun’s main shopping and entertainment on a pristine white beach. Ideal for families with a Kid’s Club featuring a supervised activities program to ensure your children have a great vacation too. It is currently being renovated and will reopen with exciting new features and amenities. Among these are 287 luxurious guestrooms, all with private balconies and Jacuzzi’s, 3 outdoor pools with swim-up bars, a spectacular turquoise beach, fine dining at four distinct restaurants, and bars. Beach Palace is highly recommended.for those seeking an intimate beachfront resort in a perfect location.

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Cancun – Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play and Eat FREE in select room types. Valid for travel 8/18/12-11/21/12 and 11/26/12-12/21/12.

Designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa offers Unlimited-Luxury®, boasting open spaces and beautiful interior atriums, and provides the enjoyment of warm tropical breezes and the calm, turquoise sea. Exclusively situated at the shore point known as Punta Cancun, Dreams Cancun is the only resort surrounded on three sides by the brilliant crystal clear Caribbean, just steps from the shops, sights and nightlife of Cancun.

This unique property features the first resort dolphinarium in Latin America, offering guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the dolphins. At Delphinus Dreams Cancun, guests and visitors can participate in a dolphin adventure designed to both entertain and teach audiences about these amazing creatures. When it’s time to unwind, visit Dreams Spa by Pevonia and choose from a selection of the most soothing, relaxing, and result driven treatments available. Guests can find the perfect spa products in the charming boutique to continue their results at home.

Exquisite dining options provide guests with a unique collection of gourmet à la carte restaurants plus lounges. Celebrate authentic Mexican traditions and taste distinctive dignitary recipes at Paloma Bonita, one of Cancun’s most popular and upscale restaurants. Or listen to live Latin music at the Azucar Caribbean Bar, the most prestigious bar in all the Mexican Caribbean. Nightly entertainment includes exciting live music and shows, theme parties or outdoor movies right on the beach.

Dreams Cancun has received special recognition from the esteemed readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine and was voted the #8 resort in Mexico. Editors and travel agents have also acknowledged Dreams Cancun at the TravelAge West WAVE Awards as the Best All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico in 2007 and as the Best Resort for Families in Mexico in 2008.

Upgrade to a Preferred Club room and receive exceptional services and world-class amenities that include: a Private lounge, Impressive Ocean Views, Private Preferred Lounge, Preferred Status and Amenities, Private beach area, Concierge service, Daily continental breakfast served in lounge, hot and cold afternoon hors d’oeurvres, complimentary in-suite wireless internet access, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in the lounge, daily complimentary newspaper, upgraded mini bar service, and upgraded bath amenities.

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