Press Highlights 2018

“Craving dessert? Our favorite destination spa—Rancho La Puerta in Mexico—is the inspiration behind this ridiculously simple dessert. It’s the concoction of…” read more


Forbes 2018

“Rancho La Puerta has been a beloved destination spa for over 75 years and now three lovely new Villas Cielo…” read more


L'Officiel US 2018

“Like a light salad dressing, this oil and water formula must be shaken before use, but it’s that mixture that offers…” read more 2018

“Jobbymoon is a term that has been bouncing around the internet for a few years now, but after a recent…” read more 2018

“A vacation that includes relaxation and great food doesn’t have to ruin your fitness goals. At Rancho La Puerta, you really can have it all…” read more


Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2018

“Who gets to decide which travel experiences, destinations, and companies are truly superlative? You do…” read more

Organic Spa Magazine 2018

“After leading the way for over 75 years as the first and still one of the premiere wellness spas in North America…” read more

Healthy Magazine (UK) 2018

“Billing itself as ‘the original fitness resort’, the 4000-acre Rancho La Puerta is nested…” read more

Psychologies Magazine (UK) 2018

“This fabulous 4,000-acre health retreat in Baja California encourages creativity in a multitude of ways…” read more

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2018

The Top 5 International Destination Spas… read more

Organic Spa 2018

“Since 1940, this iconic destination spa as been defining–and redefining– the wellness experience, and it shows no signs of slowing down…” read more 2018

“We’re bringing you some of the yummiest ways to enjoy chocolate without derailing your healthy eating routine. From masks and eye shadows to all-out chocolate spa …” read more

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“Even if you live a climate where yummy fruits and veggies flourish all year round, they are more luscious and plentiful in the summer…” read more


Runner's World Magazine 2018

“This is a gentle hydrating treatment for the face. Chamomile extract promotes youthful skin, while the anti-inflammatory…” read more

The Times Magazine 2018

“Men I have loved love this fabulous 4,000-acre health retreat in Baja California because it has more than 60km of hiking and running trails…” read more

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“Tecate wellness resort Rancho La Puerta has launched Core Essentials, an organic skin care line that runs 37 products deep, including a calendula and chamomile herbal…” read more

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“I have experienced the most magical place and I HAVE to share it with you! What would you say if you could visit a place with 4,000 acres of running and hiking trails…” read more


Global Traveler USA 2018

“Since 1940, Rancho La Puerta has been a haven for guests who prefer a fresh, farm-grown, organic, mostly vegetarian diet…” read more


Travel + Leisure 2018

“Given the news lately, the case for unplugging from our smartphones and tablets has never been stronger…” read more


ELLE Magazine 2018

“This holistic-health mainstay nestled into the mountains of Baja California has been ministering to those in need of profound rejuvenation since 1940…” read more


Bridal Guide 2018

“Ensconced in a peaceful expanse of gardens and flowering native plants in the foothills of Baja’s Mount Kuchumaa…” read more 2018

“After traveling all over the US and Canada for the first 17 editions of my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off, I finally decided to head south, to Tecate, Mexico…” read more


Newport Beach Lifestyle 2018

“Originating in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely as a fitness resort and spa…” read more

Tatler Spa Guide 2018

“Rancho La Puerta is the real deal: over 4,000 acres of sun-scorched wilderness, a schedule bursting with activities…” read more

ELLE Magazine 2018

“This holistic-health mainstay nestled into the mountains of Baja California has been ministering…” read more 2018

“Since 1940, Rancho La Puerta has been a haven for guests who prefer a fresh, farm-grown…” read more


ABC News 2018

“Rancho La Puerta, often called the “original” fitness resort, says it gives guests a fresh start both…” read more


Conde Nast Traveller 2018

“When the ranch opened 77 years ago, it cost $17.50 to pitch your tent and meals were eaten…” read more


Luxe Life 2018

“Family-owned Rancho La Puerta opened in Tecate, Mexico just across the border from San Diego…” read more

Organic Spa 2018

“For over 75 years, the Ranch has been an industry leader in overall wellness…” read more

Modern Luxury 2018

“If you want to unplug, slow down, and cleanse the body and soul, a 4,000-acre…” read more

Houston Chronicle 2018

“Family-owned Rancho La Puerta opened in Tecate, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego…” read more

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“As Monica Picard, a fitness instructor at Rancho La Puerta, explains, you can use basically any surface to build that resting heart rate…” read more

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“Set amidst 4,000 idyllic acres in Baja California, Mexico, is Rancho La Puerta a world-renowned wellness destination…” read more


Social Life

“While Rancho La Puerta resort may have been North America’s first fitness spa…” read more 2018

“Winter can be a tough time to get out and think about training for an upcoming obstacle race. Between snowstorms, frigid…” read more 2018

“Taking its reputation as a leading fitness and destination spa one step further, Rancho La Puerta has partnered…” read more

Journey To Renewal 2018

“Since first opening in the 1940’s, Rancho La Puerta, the original health and fitness retreat…” read more 2018

“Rancho La Puerta is located on a 4,000-acre nature preserve in Baja California, Mexico…” read more


Weight Watchers Magazine 2018

“Of course we’d love to kick of the year with a renewing week at…” read more 2018

“Perhaps it’s not surprising that Hollywood men are feeling stress these days and turning to wellness resorts…” read more

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New year, no excuses. If health and fitness are on your list of resolutions but even thinking about starting a daily…” read more


Women's Running 2018

“Sitting just a stone’s throw from the San Diego border crossing into Mexico…” read more

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Reader's Digest 2018

“The Rancho La Puerta, in Tecate, Mexico, is renowned for its lacto-ovo cuisine…” read more

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Fox News San Diego 2017

Fox 5 San Diego segment featuring Chef Denise’s Mayan hot chocolate and vegetarian pozole.

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“Located in the foothills of Mount Kuchumaa, Rancho La Puerta sprawls over an expansive…” read more


Town & Country 2017

“Luxury hotels, spas, and other sanctuaries on both…” read more

Triathlete 2017

“Rancho La Puerta is one of the oldest–and most renowned–…” read more

H Texas 2017

“Just south of the San Diego border, in Baja California…” read more

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“Some people travel to seek a personal transformation or spiritual awakening…” read more

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“Escape to Baja California, where Rancho La Puerto gives visitors the space…” read more


Naturally, Danny Seo 2017

“At the destination health spa Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, they offer…” read more 2017

“As we shed some tears and bid a bittersweet farewell to this amazing summer…” read more


H Texas 2017

“Rancho la Puerta, a luxury wellness resort in the Baja region…” read more

People Magazine 2017

“The Executive Chef of Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta Resort…” read more

Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in all things “wellness,”…” read more

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Senior Living Magazine 2017

“When a friend suggested it was time to see what a week…” read more

Virtuoso Life 2017

“Take marathon training to Tecate, Mexico…” read more

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San Diego Union-Tribune 2017

“An air of zen tranquility and sumptuous seclusion…” read more

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SilverKris 2017

“Feeling out of sorts? The solution may be sound…” read more


Los Angeles Times 2017

“Maybe you went to sleep-away camp as a child…” read more

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There are lots of drastic measures you can take…” read more

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“On the heels of Easter, we would love…” read more

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“These three profound properties…” read more


Domino 2017

“We’re all for indulging in bottomless baskets…” read more


Martha Stewart Weddings 2017

“Doesn’t it feel like spas…” read more


Daily Mail 2017

“Travellers jaded by the over-stimulation…” read more


Ranch & Coast 2017

“You’ve put away all of…” read more


Country and Town House 2017

“Summer camp but for grown-ups…” read more


Conde Nast Traveller 2017

“The original bootcamp is still leading the way” read more at

Day Spa 2016

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“To this day it’s a must for wellness-focused spa fans, who come to immerse themselves in an all-inclusive holistic experience…” read more

PULSE 2016

“Deborah Szekely showed the
audience that age is but a number.…” read more

Martha Stewart Weddings 2016

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“Amala.…it’s more for a long-term bebefit…” read more

San Diego Union Tribune 2016

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“The venerable destination resort recently added three luxury suites…” read more at San Diego Union Tribune

Delta Sky 2016

Awareness Magazine 2016

“There are endless ways to fill your days here…” read more

Organic Spa 2016

“Best Immersive Wellness Program…” read more

EcoParent Magazine 2016

“There is no other way to describe Rancho La Puerta than the Disneyland of holistic spas and wellness retreats…” read more

Modern Luxury BRIDES 2016

Self Magazine 2016

“The chef at Rancho La Puerta spa dishes up healthy, flavorful takes on everyone’s favorite.” read more

Slow Food USA 2016

“The Original ‘Slow Spa’ and Fitness Resort” read more

Success Magazine 2016

“Expect a mix of communal activities, personal reflection and recovery time…”read more

Harper's BAZAAR 2016

About Town  2016

“From the moment you arrive at Rancho La Puerta, you know
you’re in for a treat. The air smells clean and sweet, the lush desert landscape brings out your inner nature lover…”  read more

The Cut  2016

Healthy Aging 2016

Vegetarian  2016

Toronto Star  2016

Toronto-Star-RLP-march“Destination spa in Mexico restricts Wi-Fi so guests can reconnect with themselves…” read more

Where San Diego  2016

Where San Diego - February 2-16“…it’s the world’s first “eco resort” and is regularly honored among the top wellness retreats in existence. ” read more

Spirituality & Health 2016

Spirituality and Health RLP January 2016“The mothership of health resorts. Rancho la Puerta celebrated 75 years and keeps gettign better…”read more

Organic Spa 2016

Organic Spa - February 2016 Issue“The morning air is clean and crisp…”read more

Weddingbells 2016

Wedding Bells Spring 2016“From its humble beginnings 75 years ago, Rancho La Puerta has reinvented itself into a luxe destination spa/fitness resort removed from the outside world.”read more

Health Magazine 2015

Health Magazine December 2015“You need to chill after a tough day…”read more

Self 2015

SELF Magazine October 2015“Enjoy organic fruit and veggies grown on the property and choose from 75 fitness classes…”read more

Exquisite Weddings 2015

Exquisite Weddings October-November 2015
“If you want to feel like a jetsetter…”read more

People Magazine 2015

People-Magazine-Sept.-2015“The Executive Chef at Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta Resort serves up a light, seasonal specialty…”read more

C Magazine 2015

C-Magazine October“Rancho La Puerta reintroduces its kid-friendly week…”read more

Passport Magazine 2015

Passport-Magazine-October“Six of the World’s Best Wellness Resorts” read more

ELLE 2015

ELLE-October2015“I’d just spent an amazing week with my family at Rancho La Puerta in Baja California, Mexico—which has, along with a vegetarian menu … a decidedly Eastern bent, offering classes in yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, and ‘sound bowl healing’ ” read more

Travel + Leisure World's Best 2015 Awards

Travel + Leisure World's Best 2015 Awards“World’s Best Awards…Top Destination Spas Overall…” read more

Organic Spa 2015

Organic-Spa-July_August“The top spas we have chosen this year are honored for their sustainability initiatives, passion for organic and local ingredients in therapeutic spa treatments and cuisine…” read more

Social Life 2015

“Deborah Szekely, 93 Years Young: “I’m on an adventure. One lives when one has a life that is challenging, exciting and fun…” read more

People 2015

Rancho La Puerta on People Magazine , 2015“The Chef at Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta cuts the fat – by adding peas!” read more

Harper's Bazaar Espanol 2015

Harper's-Bazaar-Espanol-june“The warm service that characterizes Rancho La Puerta …makes the guests stay an unforgettable experience…”    read more

Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons 2015

DWH_RLP_May_June2015“La Cocina Que Canta hacienda – with its lush patios, friendly kittens, gurgling fountains and views of sacred Mount Kuchumaa – offers a scenic ceremony backdrop….”    read more

National Geographic Traveler 2015

National Geographic Traveler“A loyal clientele books casitas adorned with Mexican tile and art, most with fireplaces, and takes classes such as “Hot Latin Cardio.” They hike boulder-strewn Mount Kuchumaa and stroll 150 acres of organic gardens…”    read more

Tatler Magazine 2015

Tatler Magazine- March 2015“A group frolic in a baronial garden, foraging for organic produce, kicks off Culinary Week at the resort. Then it’s off to La Cocina Que Canta…”    read more

Town Country Travel 2015

Town Country Travel March 2105“Wellness guru Frank Lipman makes it this destination for a yearly reset. Farm-to-Table classes  offered in the buzzy culinary school, on the property’s six-acre organic farm…”    read more

Alaska Airlines - Beyond 2015

Alaska Airlines Beyond 2015“Rancho La Puerta is one of the oldest North American destination fitness restorts. The resort spreads over 3,000 private acres, including a 6-acre organic farm…”    read more

San Diego Magazine 2015

San Diego Magazine“Among the roster of some 75 classes offered daily is a crash course on the Feldenkrais Method, an internal journey to rediscover balance, flexibility and coordination…”    read more

Architectural Digest 2015

Architectural Digest January 2015“Meanwhile, a six-acre organic farm supplies up to 80 percent of the kitchen’s ingredients each summer…”    read more

Organic Spa 2015

Organic Spa Magazine“I took my first mindful vacation ever at Rancho La Puerta and came back with a renewed sense of self that I haven’t felt in years…”    read more

Westways 2015

Westways Magazine “A retreat with a strong core of yoga classes and workshops helps you step away from stress triggers…” read more

Better Homes & Gardens 2015

Better Homes & Gardens January 2015“If you crave the rich dishes of Mexico but want to eat healthfully, don’t despair…Here’s how the popular spa bends the rules of delicious cuisine without breatking them…”    read more

Travel + Leisure 2015

Travel+Leisure January 2015“Days begin with a mountain hike or meadow walk and are punctuated by seaweed wraps, restorative facials, and other cleansing spa treatments…”    read more

Naturally 2015

Naturally 2015“It’s time to get real and give our bodies and taste buds what they really want…”    read more


Dr.Oz The Good Life 2014

Dr.Oz The Good Life“…you could try a new scrub every day…”    read more

Gluten-Free 2014

GlutenFreeLiving-2014“…Gluten-free meals are prepped in a separate part of the kitchen and for every item containing gluten, the kitchen prepares an alternative….”    read more

Wine Dine &  Travel 2014

wine and dine 2014.JPG“The Ranch fosters mother/daughter escapes – without the family baggage. It’s a comfort zone where relationship blossom – a place to sweat and to soothe, a place to dream…” read more

Organic Spa 2014

OSPACover“The Ranch offers something for everyone: a men’s
program, organic cooking classes, amazing hikes, to a new employee
wellness program that dedicates doctors, nutritionists…” read more

Travel + Leisure 2014

T+L Cover “For 19 years and counting we’ve asked T+L readers to rate everything from hotels and airlines to cruises and destinations…” read more

Modern Luxury Aspen 2014

ASPEN“Today, the still family-owned and -operated
Ranch hails as one of the top health and wellness
spa destinations in North America…” read more

Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine 2014

Equestrian Cover2“After a week stay at Rancho La Puerta it is easy to understand their motto, “Siempre Mejor” (Always Better)…” read more

Los Angeles Times 2014

LA-Times “Forget your standard Swedish massage. These destinations in Mexico take holistic healing to another level…” …read more

Ranch and Coast 2014


“Wedding guests can enjoy the majestic outdoor setting, surrounded by the lush landscape and billowing rows of herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees…” …read more

Harper's Bazaar 2014

Harper's Bazaar Magazine

“A combination of mountains, meadows, and beautifully landscaped gardens, this activity-packed, fitness-focused resort is also home to La Cocina Que Canta cooking school, where guests can take classes in gourmet vegetarian cuisine…” …read more

American Spa 2014

AmericanSpa Magazine

“Breakouts needn’t be a problem thanks to the Clearing Facial at Rancho La Puerta…” …read more

Manhattan  2014


“Today, the still family-owned and -operated Ranch hails as one of the top health and wellness spa destinations in North America” …read more 

World Spa & Travel  2014

World Spa & Travel Magazine

“At Rancho La Puerta, you retreat from life’s stress and distractions on a healthy vacation that empowers your true self.” …read more 

New Beauty  2014

New Beauty Magazine

“Widely known as “the Original fitness resort,” this wellness mecca has delivered a total mind-body-spirit rebalance for more than 70 years” …read more

Expressions  2014


“Rancho La Puerta has over 40 daily activities, from high intensity interval training, bird walk, cardio drumming, hula hooping, African dance, Feldenkrais, tennis clinic, and meditation.” …read more

Riviera 2014

Riviera 2014

“Check in to check out at Rancho La Puerta Health and Wellness Spa.” …read more

Jezebel 2014

“Enlightenment, exposure to new types of fitness and eating clean-one week at the Ranch is all we need to wake at dawn and start our day feeling great, healthy and ready to hike.” …read more

WestJet Up! Magazine 2014

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“Men Welcome: Rancho La Puerta offers retreat, rejuvenation and wellness for all…It has designed a program specifically for men, which includes, among other things, a first-class weight room and a men’s health centre.” …read more

Condé Nast Traveler 2014

10 Best Destination Spas of 2014: “A true pioneer in the world of destination spas having been founded in 1940, Rancho La Puerta in Mexico sits just over the border from San Diego on 3,000 acres of desert that guests can explore on extended hikes.”…read more

Delta Sky Magazine 2014

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“An American vacation used to be for lying around the pool drinking margaritas.  Of course, many of our guests devote the first day to relaxing-they’ve come here to escape the crushing stress of life.  Then on the second day they pick up our activities menu.”…read more

New Beauty Magazine 2014


“With world-class chefs, cooking classes and an organic farm on the premises, Rancho La Puerta has stood its ground as a provider of some of the most flavorful (and completely vegetarian) spa cuisine since it opened more than 50 years ago.”read more




Outside Magazine 2013

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“Think of Rancho La Puerta, an hour southeast of San Diego, as a data-driven relaxation retreat.  For years, stressed-out Californians have come to the 3,000-acre property to hike the desert, learn yoga and mindfulness, get deep-tissue massages, and linger over mostly vegetarian meals sourced from the six-acre organic garden.” …read more





Wine Enthusiast 2013

Wine Enthusiast

” ‘Xocolatl, or chocolate, was originally created by the Mayan people of southern Mexico, long before the Spanish conquest,’ says Denise Roa, executive chef of Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.” …read more  






Worth Magazine 2013


“This seven-day retreat will appeal to the type-A personality. A partnership with the San Diego-based Lifewellness Institute aims to survey your life from A to Z—from advanced lipid profiling to the zzz’s you need to catch up on. Intense follow-ups are a signature part of the program, so slacking off post-retreat is unlikely.” …read more 





Curve Magazine 2013

Curve Magazine November 2013“As we sat together sampling the delicious food we had just created, I got a glimpse into what Rancho La Puerta is all about. People don’t get enough opportunities in their lives to feel supported, to encourage one another, to explore personal growth, spirituality, creativity and healthy living.”…read more






The Gazette 2013

“The experience is like landing in a luxurious all-inclusive adult summer camp and institution of higher learning for the body, mind and spirit, all rolled into one package.”…read more



Travel + Leisure 2013

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2013

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Angeles Times 2013

“Today’s visitors sleep in lovely casitas and dine in high style, but the emphasis on healthful fare and outdoor activity remains strong.”…read more



Social Life 2013

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NUVO Magazine 2013

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San Diego Union Tribune 2013

San Diego Union TribuneIt might have been mistaken for a teen girlfriends’ slumber party. Equipped with plastic cups of white wine, the gaggle giggled nonstop as each eased into a frothing moonlit hot tub. Their late-night chatter was interrupted only by an occasional round of raucous laughter. Three of the hot tubbers were sisters, ages 41-44. The fourth was their 72-year-old mother.

Dorie Smith and her daughters are among hundreds of mother-daughter sets who pilgrimage each year to Rancho La Puerta, the renowned fitness spa just across the border, in Tecate. They go for a tuneup — both physical and spiritual.…read more


Delta Sky 2013

Delta SkyGuests stay busy at this fitness-focused retreat, hidden in the hills near Tecate, Mexico. One of the first destination spas, it’s sometimes referred to as “summer camp for adults” and with good reason.…read more



Passport Magazine 2013

Passport Magazine February 2013

The Ranch is an addiction for many guests, who return year after year. In my week there were some guests that had been there 20-30 times.

It was actually my second time, as I’d been there before with my family, and we still say it’s one of our all time favorite family vacations. If it’s an addiction, at least it’s a healthy one. …read more





Elle Canada 2013

Elle Canada

Get your heart rate up again with the Hot Latin Drum Dance that will have you laughing and burning calories without even noticing.…read more



Daily Bites blog 2013


One evening we took a hands-on cooking class at the Ranch’s nearby cooking school, La Cocina Que Canta (The Kitchen that Sings).

Surrounded by a 6-acre organic farm that supplies the ranch with much of their produce, the cooking school itself was a work of art. It was amazing.…read more




Prevention 2012

Prevention Magazine Dec 2012 ArticleGuests stay in secluded casitas bright with Mexican art and tucked into the Ranch’s gorgeously landscaped 3,000-acre grounds. …read more







New York Times 2012

The New York TimesGuests are still strongly encouraged to take morning hikes — often leaving before dawn.
There is also a hefty roster of bodywork options for your tired calves and backs, one of which was something called Watsu, which is basically aquatic shiatsu, a process that its practitioners say replicates the feeling we all have in womb. …read more



Yoga Journal 2012

May 2012 Yoga Journal
Some people would hear “yoga” and “Mexico” and imagine morning asana in open-air palapas, meditation under shady palms, frolicking in the surf, and being lulled to sleep by the hypnotic sound of ocean breaks.

My Mexican yoga retreat came with mountain vistas, nights where you could see your breath, organic farm tours, and Ashtanga classes that kicked my unfocused habits right off the mat. …read more



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