New York Magazine publishes crude report on the reality of Tulum


TULUM, MEXICO, – According to an extensive report published by the American media, The New York Magazine, Tulum went from being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world to an inferno led by corruption and the environmental crisis that leaves more and more tourists disappointed.

This is a report  by  Reeves Wiedeman , where the journalist questions who killed Tulum ?, after investigating the environmental, tourist and economic issues of a region that until a few years ago was adorned by  white sand beaches and blue sea neon .

Today these beaches are increasingly saturated by algae pests  that mix with dead fish and other marine creatures and leave a rotten egg smell that the city dwellers away while walking with a  glass of copal  on the beaches, making tourists believe that it is an experience of preservation of culture and nature.

A weir of algae. 

The Mexican government took on the task of turning Tulum into a holiday destination with luxury hotels, spiritual ceremonies, experiences in cenotes, relaxation, meditation, reunion with oneself, healing, etc.

Despite the paradisiacal information about Tulum that floods social networks, the report also uncovers the plagues of  greed, gringos, diesel, drugs, shamans  and  discotheques that have wiped out the  virgin beaches  while the pockets of investors continue to fill.

It is a city that has 40 thousand residents, where there is no electricity on the beach and therefore, requires  diesel generators to  work 24 hours a day to operate the air conditioners that customers demand.

In addition, the coral reef has been being killed because the beach does not have an  adequate sewerage system , which causes waste to seep into the water supply below Tulum and into the ocean.

In just 18 months, the new dump that had to process the  sanitary landfill  in Tulum for five years has overflowed , and the beach and the jungle are saturated  with construction sites .

The celebrations and  night raves  are already a common event in Tulum, where house and parties of up to 5 days are included in tourist packages and hotels that are maintained by backpackers, hippies, rich hippies, generation trips, bachelor parties (as ) and DJs, many DJs.

An EDM festival in the jungle of Tulum. 

To make matters worse, only  10 percent of the city  is connected to the municipal sewer  system  and the waste from Tulum ends up filtering into the world’s largest underground river systems that expose the cenotes.

Even so, Tulum is a city of transitory boom where the activists uselessly try to tackle problems that go beyond their proposals. For example, those who criticize the businesses that harm the environment are the same ones that belong to exclusive gyms with air conditioning; hippies have investment properties, and some buyers complain about not getting more hotels on the beach to adopt solar energy.

The crowd on the beach. Photo: Sam Youkilis

As Tulum is collapsing and investors realize the problem, now the projections point towards  Bacalar , known for the Laguna de los Siete Colores; but there is not much profitable infrastructure there either and the colors of the lagoon will surely end up disappearing in a few years as the polluting effects are already reaching their waters.

In this way, investors have been able to attract tourists from the world to a “paradise” that in a subtle but desperate way teaches its visitors how to treat nature, how to reduce their consumption of plastic, how to keep beaches clean, as They should play with the turtles that are on the beach or the scant monkeys that suddenly look out for some food. So, will you also visit Tulum on your next vacation?

Source: NYMAG, almomento

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