Making waves: from boom to doom of Mexico's southeastern wilderness

Making waves: from boom to doom of Mexico's southeastern wilderness

It’s hard to follow the fast paced growth of population on the peninsula. Only 60 years ago the Yucatan changed from wilderness into tourism hotspot. From the 1960s the demand of the area increased so extensively, that it outgrew its infrastructure, whose development dragged behind. The area is still virgin, but anything else than untouched.

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Turning the tide: the independent documentary «The Dark Side of Tulum»

Turning the tide: the independent documentary «The Dark Side of Tulum»

Many travelers are blinded by the beauty of the Riviera Maya. And rightly so, this place is incredible: even for me as a local it is still hard to believe that here white beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, turquoise water, lush green jungle, mangroves, lagoons and crystal clear cenotes come together in an area only one-third the size of Germany. 

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Deep dive: the struggles inside the tourist wave

Deep dive: the struggles inside the tourist wave

I’m in love with Tulum. But I’m not walking around just wearing pink glasses. Honestly, not everything is paradise here. The small fishing village of Tulum turned too quickly into a dream destination. 50 years ago only a few adventurous travelers visited the yet untamed Mayan jungle settlement. Now Tulum deals with over 2 million visitors each year. Plus the according issues.

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