The Dark Side of Tulum (Documentary)

The Dark Side of Tulum (Documentary)

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Has, quickly become one of the destinations, in, the world. Mexico's. Yucatan. Peninsula. Here. In this tropical climate, the, elevation, is low and the, land is flat there. Are no surface. Rivers or streams. However. Just. Below the ground lies. A vast system of the, world's largest underground. River a. Combination. Of geological. Events, led, to the development of this unique ecosystem. Over. 65, million, years ago the. Yucatan, Peninsula was, a giant, reef covered. By several feet of ocean. During. The last major ice age sea. Levels dropped and exposed. The ancient reef. The. Coral and it's dependent, Maureen life would, not survive. Jungle. Eventually, grew over. The limestone platform. That was left behind. After. Centuries. Of erosion, a massive. Cave system, was born. Slightly. Acidic rainfall. Dissolved. The alkaline, limestone, and made, its way through the ground carving. A vast network, of caverns. And tunnels. Inside. The caves. Otherworldly. Formations. Can be found. Millions. Of, stalactites. Stalagmites. And, columns. Decorate. These mysterious, places. Some. The, size of a pencil and, others. Larger. Than trees. Growing. At a rate of just. A few centimeters. Per, year. As. The ice age came to an end, glaciers. Melted. Sea. Levels rose and, the. Caves flooded, the. Volume, of water in these rivers is so great that it, cannot exist above the surface. It. Filters, its way through the soft porous limestone and, settles. Underground. It. Is. The only source, of freshwater throughout. The entire Yucatan. Peninsula and. Like. Almost all rivers, on earth it eventually. Flows to, the sea. History. Has been found here. Carbon. Dating of artifacts, and skeletons, preserved. Perfectly. By the crystal-clear, water, reveal. That humans, have been visiting, these caves for, over thirteen, thousand. Years. Many. Of these caverns, eventually, collapsed. Creating. What we know today. Cenotes. The. Subterranean, rivers, and their natural sinkholes, which, serve as an entrance to, this spectacular, world. The. Mayans referred, to these sacred sinkholes, as the. Notes, which. They believed was an entrance to the underworld were. Their gods and, spirits reside. The.

Ancient, Mayans were king astronomers. Measuring. Time and interpreting. Cycles, of the stars. Many. Of their most important. Buildings, were, aligned, to, correspond, with them. The. Mayans were philosophers. Mathematicians. Artists. Architects. And warriors. It. Was they who first understood. The concept, of zero and they. Who first cultivated, cacao, papaya. And corn. They. Developed, complex, and accurate, calendars. And perfect. Pyramids, of immense, size. All. While, much of Western, Europe remained. In the dark ages. The. Mayans have always known that Tulum, is special, but. It is magical, in fact. Tulum. Is the largest of just three, coastal, Mayan, cities where, high priests. Were once trained, and. For. Reasons, unknown. This. Great civilization, left. This, sacred land. Some. Say, it was warfare, others. Believe that the Mayans may have exhausted, the, environment, around. We'll. Tulum meet a similar fate as. It. Seems we, may not have learned from, our past. We. Can all remember a time when we were pushed just, beyond our comfort zone. A time, when, we experience, the, thrill of something, new something. Exhilarating. A moments. When the complete, unknown went, from scary, to, wonderful. Creating. A sudden shift that. Forever divided, our lives into. The floor and after. This, is exactly what happens for many of us when first discovering. Tulum. It's. As if a wave of clarity, washes, over you and you, ask yourself, why. Have I not been living here my, entire, life. In. Recent. Years Tulum. Has become a diverse community of, artists. Chefs. Musicians. Healers. Entrepreneurs. And explorers. Thousands. Of people from all over the world now. Call this place home and. Who. Could blame them Tulum truly, provides, everything. That you could ever need. Here. You, will find clear, turquoise, water, compliments. Of the Caribbean, Sea. The. World's largest underground. River for. Cave divers, and thrill-seekers. The. Second, largest Barrier, Reef system, for. Marine lovers and coral, experts. Throughout. The area there are 92, known. Mayan, ruins and even. More waiting. To be unearthed. And just. South of the city the. Incredible. Seeing calm biosphere. A protected. Unesco world heritage site, extending. For nearly. 600,000. Hector's, each. Year, there are more than 300. Days of clear skies for those who worship the Sun there, are thousands. Of mammals. Birds, and reptiles and. Endless. Jungle for. The Wild Ones in. Tulum, the, food is fresh, the. Music is alive and the. Atmosphere. Is captivating. What. More Cantera, dice possibly. Have to offer. Every. Day you're seeing new areas, of the, jungle being, torn, down it's, really devastating. A lot of these projects, kind of have like an eco, eco. Name about them but when you really dig deep and you look at everything that's going on there's absolutely. Nothing ecological. About them, Heather Froemming, has been living in this area since 1998. Back. Then it was home to less than 4,000. People now. Just, twenty years later there.

Are Nearly. 40,000, people living here plus. An astonishing. 2 million tourists, per year you're. Seeing things, grow really, fast and unfortunately. There, is no master plan there, is no infrastructure. In, place, to deal with that kind of growth the. City itself, is only designed to support roughly 10,000. People, two. Looms population. Has grown far faster than development. Of urban facilities could, keep up and, despite. Claims of environmental. Support, by most business, owners -. Looms natural, environment, is that serious, risk, I think, that there needs to be a lot, more community. Involvement on, the part of business, owners who are coming here and really, not giving back to the, community, into the environment and in fact destroying, it for. Profit. Really. That needs to stop, especially. If you're gonna be selling it as this, natural. Paradise, well, you have to protect natural paradise, you have to keep the mangroves, you can't be, filling. Them in to make another parking, lot or to make more rooms the, mangrove, is so. Unbelievably. Important, to the natural, environment here. And every. Single, day more. Mangrove, is getting filled in this is illegal. And. It needs to stop immediately the. Mangrove, is our filtration, system it's our septic, system or natural, way of cleaning, the water and all the water, that goes through the mangrove systems and out into the ocean is filtered. And clean, so, that you have a nice clear, Caribbean, ocean so that you can have coral. Reefs without. The mangroves, you do not have those conditions, so the. Entire, reason that people come here for the beautiful you know turquoise, water and the white sand beaches and the coral reefs is due, to the mangroves, and the, saddest, thing ever is to watch people, coming here making, money and making a lot of money off of the resources, off of the beauty of this place and filling, in the mangroves that's a tragedy. It's it's ridiculous, and that's, something that has to stop now and it. Is no surprise that, two looms reef is already, feeling the effects, sadly. This. Coral, has died. It. Is very important, to understand, that all of Earth's ecosystems. Are connected, if, one. Is vulnerable, the, whole is compromised. Tulum. Needs all of its individual. Ecosystems. To function, properly in, order for the collective, to thrive and much, like the human body one, malfunctioning. Organ will, disrupt the entire system. As we know the reefs are in danger the reefs are, are. Really. Disappearing. There is no secret about that the reefs are. Under, constant threat so, we cannot, just ignore, that, everything. Is connected and we. Are adding, problems, to the width we have problems in the reef because of the global warming acidity. Of the water acidity. Of the atmosphere, and we are adding more so. We, shouldn't be surprised, that everything, is dying and everything is getting, deteriorated. We, are being part of the problem and we need definitely to be part and to, be responsible. To. Lumes environment. Is especially, delicate and complex, due, to the enormous, underground river that flows beneath our feet, think, of this system as the veins of the earth and when they become damaged, the entire area, is affected. Unfortunately. These, freshwater veins, are being heavily polluted, from, a multitude, of. There, is a massive landfill. Right in the middle of the jungle just, a few kilometers, from town, it has, not been categorized, or measured, which, is standard, practice for waste, management and, hazardous.

Pollutants Are currently, leaking into, the supply of freshwater. Fecal. Matter is constantly. Being poured directly, into. The aquifer as a result, of faulty sewage, systems, and, irresponsible. Development, throughout the urban area in Toulon like 20%. It's. Sending. Their wastewater to the treatment, plant so it means that is 80%. The. City. That. We don't know where the wastewater goes. Or. Well we do know it's. Going into the underground, this. Video, was, taken in 2006. Directly. Beneath the, streets of Tulum and yes. This. Is human, fecal matter, it's. Difficult, to watch and even more difficult, to imagine what, it would look like today. While. Many places do, have individual. On-site, wastewater treatment, facilities. Most. Are poorly maintained, and often, leak or worse. The, systems are inadequate. Intended. For just 5 to 10 people while, serving, an establishment. Of over 100. I think it's it's it's, amazing, that, we are, in the 21st. Century and we know better the surface of the Moon than, there are underground systems, and. We. Are in the largest, and biggest underground. Rivers, of the world, and. We need to tell the world, it's. Comparable, to the Amazon, and to the average. But, because it's hidden underground. Is, not so obvious and maybe. We. Flush the toilet and it's coming straight into the underground. Water system, so my, advice to people. That want to come and buy land and and do development, it's, like oh you. Cannot, do, development, on the cost of the, beauty of this place and for, those who deny that, to lumes environment. Is at risk let's, take a look at Playa del Carmen a city, just 60, kilometers, north, of Tulum, also, facing, environmental devastation, in. 1998. Playa. Had roughly 20,000. Inhabitants today. The. Population is, well over. 200,000. And is, expected, to reach 2 million, by year 2025. What. Once was a pristine, coastline, and jungle, has been replaced by concrete, I really, think that we're not prepared, for the. Amount of growth that's, happening. Now and that's going to happen because if you compare it, directly. To what. Happened in Playa there's. So many correlations. And basically, the situation is, almost identical and, this. Exponential, growth does. Not have, the infrastructure, in place in. Order to take this into consideration to. Make the bad news worse beaches. At popular, travel destinations. Around the, world have, already started to close due to contamination, and if, we're not careful this. Can happen in Tulum. In a, place where the likes of Leonardo, DiCaprio, spends his holiday, and Yogi's. From around the world come, for holistic retreats, how. Have things become, so bad well. For one part real, estate developers, have not been very helpful. Heavily. Advocating. For new projects, and pushing, sales. Another. Reason is serious, corruption, and negligence, from the government, and business. Owners, some. Establishments. Have even been shut down by profepa. Mexico's. Environmental. Protection, Agency but. Somehow they. Remain open, for business. We. Have been experiencing. Not. Very convenient development. And it has to do a lot with some. Corruption, and some things that shouldn't be authorized, and without arise in the past and even in the present but. We just cannot put a finger, and blame the, authorities, and blame the politicians, because. In corruption we have two sides we. Have the side that gets the money and we have the side that keeps the money as well, so, why. Punishing, just one side just by putting your finger on one side we have two sides as well there. Are countries like, Rwanda, in Africa, where, law, gives. Punishment. To both sides and then corruption. Vanishes. And there, is certainly no shortage of, money in tulum as the world's elite continued to arrive, this. Is evident, from the area's extremely. High prices and, also. Evident, from the amount of money spent on just fuel, alone, a majority. Of the beach hotels, for an entirely, undies, all generators, they. Collectively, spend, over eight point five million, dollars, a year to power their so called ecological. Establishments. Consuming. Roughly nine million litres of fuel which. Is enough, to drive around the earth nearly, six thousand, times. As. Prices. In the area have skyrocketed. Wages. Have not some. People, making, as little as $4. Per day when, the classified, is so obvious, the, poor community, often, has no choice, but to pollute, and sometimes. They, even resort, to stealing crime, is also on the rise and, intensely. This is a big, problem, that if you don't get a hold of it early. On can get really out of control I think and so. As a smaller, community, I think those are some, of the things that we have to look at before we can keep growing.

-, Looms ecosystem. Has been perfectly, engineered to. Create an environment unlike, anything else, on earth. Will. We destroy the, land that has already given, us so much or. Will. Our community, pull together and. Finally. Change, things. Tulum. Is just a small representation, of, a much larger, issue happening. Across the globe, the. Collapse, of our natural world it is. Time now to, collectively, move away from that narrative towards. A more honest, and sustainable. Society. The. Sepal claims of environmental. Practice, are happening, everywhere, and now. More, than ever we, must be, aware of the dangers, of this false information. For. Instance, while. Plastic, pollution is, a major issue. Recycling. Is not the. Answer, nor, is bioplastic. These. Are merely band-aids. Only. 9% of. All paths that can actually be recycled. And as. We've seen in tulum most. Of our plastic, is not separated. And sits, in landfills. No. Plant-based, plastic. Will ever biodegrade. In these, conditions. Does, that mean you shouldn't continue, to recycle, of course. Not, any effort. Is better than no effort and tulum, recycles, is trying, their best to create a cleaner community. Please. Do what you can to support them. Another. Example, of falsification. Is that solar panels, are the answer for clean energy. Sure. Power, from the Sun is great in theory but, what. Many people don't know is the, high cost at, which it comes. It. May seem like an appealing alternative, yet. Solar panels, often contain, harmful materials. Such, as lead and cadmium, these. Rare, earth metals, which are highly, toxic when, mined and processed take. A heavy environmental. Toll on soil and water and those. Who work and live near the mines tend, to suffer so. What happens to these panels, after they no longer work, well. Just, as plastic, they are not so easy to recycle and are considered, hazardous when. No longer in use and, don't. Forget, similar. Metals are found in, our smartphones, and computers, so. When it comes to environmental devastation, we. Are truly all to blame. Now. Let's be clear the. Intentions, of these alternative. Solutions, are inspiring. But. Why not direct, that momentum, towards, something that is sustainable on all counts. One. Technology, that. Actually, imitates, Earth's natural, geological. Process, is creating. Clean, sustainable. Renewable. Fuels. From waste. This. Means that no new carbon, is being released into the atmosphere which. Is the leading cause of ocean, acidification and. Global warming and the. Reason that fossil fuels have, such a bad reputation. This. Innovative. Process, uses, water heat. And pressure. Just. As the earth does to. Turn our waste into energy it, has even received high, validation. From the US Environmental, Protection Agency. Syn. Pet is currently, collaborating with. HRM, Mexico, for, the deployment of this technology. Supplying. Clean, renewable. Fuels, from trash while, using existing. Infrastructure, means, we can address two, problems, quickly waste. And energy, it is not just a compelling, alternative to. Fossil fuels, but. One that goes against. The current trend. It. Makes plastic, waste highly. Valuable. Technologies. Such as this are promising, and will soon be available but. There are many things we can do right now to, create change in tulum. Money. Must, be used for development, of necessary, infrastructure, such. As conducting more, urban, areas to the wastewater treatment plant, and creating. Better practices. For waste management. There. Are density. Laws and building, regulations. That must be followed this means you should not be building, multiple units, on a piece, of land that is permitted, for just one. Nature. Is our most valuable, commodity. So, please don't. Risk the environment, simply, for a cheap condo, and a so-called better. Return, on investment. Thank. You to those of you who are doing things right and for leading by example, and to. The ones who are doing things wrong we. Are tired, of your mess please. Invest, in proper, infrastructure, and stop, taking shortcuts. Otherwise. As the. Land of Tulum begins, to crumble so. Will your profits. Remember. The. Reason, you make so, much money is because, of the. Businesses. Must without. Exception. Have, adequate, wastewater, treatment facilities. If you, are not already aware. Sargasso's. Seaweed is not, a result of ocean plastic, it is caused from excess, nutrients, in the water more. Commonly, known as fecal, matter so, by pumping your sewage, into the ground you are directly, contributing. To the mass production, of the same algae, that is driving your clients, away. Also. Please, be aware of your energy, consumption, water. Conservation, and, waste management don't. Yield a lot of economic, benefit, but energy, conservation, does. If you. Decrease, your energy, consumption, your, savings, can then be used for.

Protecting And restoring the. Damaged environment as. We. See here, for, the average hotel in Tulum a shocking. 60, percent of energy is consumed, from, just air-conditioning. Alone. Although. You may be new to this place please, be aware of your surroundings. So. If the Wi-Fi, is out or, the shower pressure is low or the, a/c is broken, understand. That you are in the jungle and such. Luxuries, should, not be expected, nor, demanded. Please. Do not use sunscreen as, it is killing our coral, but, if you must make. Certain that, it is reef safe and verify. Every, single, ingredient to, avoid false advertising. Please. Do not visit this place and then leave your waste behind, bring. A refillable, water bottle, stay. At hotels, that want more than just profit, and eat, at places where, the food is locally, sourced, and most. Importantly. Ask. Questions. As a, paying, customer you, have a right to know what, they do with your waste. Thank. You to those of you who have been doing your part, the locals, are the heart of this place you. Know the, ins and outs of Tulum you know who is doing things right and who, is doing things wrong join, red, Tulum so Sandy Bay an, organization. That is already, empowering, the community and pushing. For proper legal framework, get, involved. Support. Honest, businesses, and don't, give your money to those who are not this, will create pressure. Forcing. Them to finally, do things differently. The. Mayans believed, that obsidian, was the reflective, mirror, of truth. That. It was the consciousness, of duality between, right, and wrong, between. Light and dark. Acknowledging. That one cannot. Exist without the other and that's. What the dark side of Tulum is a, mirror. For, all of us to reflect upon and decide. Whether. We want to remain part of the problem, or. Be part of the solution. It's. Your, choice. Which. One will you choose. You. I. Took. On this project for, quite a few reasons but. I think the main reason that I took it on is because I really do love. To loom and it. Makes me really, really, heartbroken. That it is being destroyed. And then it's not being taken, care of we, just keep taking, and taking and taking and, we're. Not giving, it the respect that it deserves tulum. Has given me so much to, be thankful for, and, I. Want to give, back to, Tulum. And the best way that I can and this, project is, that. Way for me I really. Had no idea, what I was getting myself into, there's, been days where I've wanted to give up but, there's also been days that I've, been really inspired and really hopeful, and I. Want, to be able to. Look. Back and, say, swim, was amazing, but look how amazing it is now you, know I don't want to look back in 10 years and say wasn't, it great when we used to go to Tulum I want to still be going there and at. The rate that it's going now I don't, know if that will be true but. If, we. See the change that, most. Of us are hoping for and if. We keep pushing and. We all keep playing our part, we. Will see change and we're gonna look back and say you.

Know We did it. You. Did it. You.

2019-01-07 08:51

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Lo que nadie cuenta, excelente documental

que gran trabajo, gracias por compartir

Tulum thanks you

Excellent documentary! I hope you have forwarded this to Leonardo DiCaprio. Thank you for producing this film.

tulum has jumped the shark

This was so well done, I thank you for bringing about awareness to this problem. Leonardo DiCaprio should publicly make an endorsement!

All inspiring... until it is an ad for a fucken company....

excelente trabajo!! que fotografia tan impresionante :D

Tulum has the chance to grow as the first mexican susatinable city, its so small the changes can be made with success. Im going to sound like Trump but we also need to reduce inmigration to Tulum, every life has a huge footprint. Tulum doesnt need a lot of pleople just sucking the resources beacuse its a cool city, cool? it doesnt even have sewers. Dont go and live in Tulum, live in Playa or Cancun this places have the infraestructure. Excelllent Job and cinematography. *****

I was under the belief that the Maya is the name of the people, Mayan with an n is the description of the language. IE The Maya are an interesting people...they speak Mayan. IE Maya ruins are everywhere...am i right?

In English is the same...Mayan people...Mayan language...in Spanish Maya is the singular for people while Mayas is the plural, refering to language the spanish is MAYA...But what the f....we are talking about the environment!!!

Great Beautiful excellent job. Thank you

Great work! Thank you all who were working on this. Everything comes at a cost and in this case it is short term thinking and lag of knowledge what leads to a result nobody will be able to live with.

Thank you great work, you should upload one video with subtitles in spanish

Gracias, muy buen documental

Worst thing happening Tulum is the increasing number of nasty americans that have settled there, they don't have any respect for people, culture, nature or whatsoever as long as they do business. We need a wall, they are the worst decease of this world.

Really good job

Thank you for creating this film and shedding light on what's happening behind the curtains. I really hope this film catches people's attention to bring awareness to the problem so we can correct and improve before it's too late. It will take a community who cares to make a change and get the authorities to care.

Greed will destroy Earth.

En Mexico es muy complicado cambiar la consciencia de la gente; empezando por la ignorancia de la gente, la ambición de inversionistas, el crimen organizado con el gobierno, mucha gente de aqui, no entiende de estos temas, desearia que tu deseo fuera no solo el deseo de cambiar a Tulum, todos los ecosistemas en este pais estan en peligro.

As someone who first visited Tulum in 2001, we are seeing Playa del Carmen v2.0.

Great documentary! Will be sharing it with everyone.

Great film. I can’t believe this. We used to go to Cozumel all the time and had so much fun- such wonderful people. I’m so bummed people are destroying yet another beautiful and pristine place.

Thank you for sharing this! It gets played out over and over again. Places get discovered, developed and exploited until the original "paradise" is no longer recognizable. The hypocrisy and fraud of being enviro friendly should be a punishable crime. Education is a big step but the mighty dollar is your biggest enemy. Powers that be look the other way and the future not taken into consideration when greed is in play. Human nature isn't always aligned with mother nature. Keep the movement going and strength in numbers to fight back against the perpetrators and hold them accountable. Good luck Tulum I'm hoping for a happy ending and not another statistic of a place that was but no longer is.

Take the money and run!

Excellent documentary, being a local here in Cancun, and working for a major hotel, we have seen year over year a larger amount of Sargasso wash up on our beaches. My family love to get away and head down to Tulum, but, have seen sargasso in huge volume wash up on the beaches there as well. Our eco system is in danger, and you are so correct by saying that something has to be done, and done now. The reports filtered out to the media of the sargasso covered beaches will only drive our tourism to other destinations and perhaps, the eventual collapse of the entire tourism trade here in the area.

Ohhhh!!!

she is inaccurate. The Olmecs of Central Mexico were cultivating chocolate and corn way before the Maya.

I lived in Cancun in 1985-1986 - before hurricane Gilbert. Believe it or not, Cancun was actually a nice town back then. We would go camping in the Sian Ka'an on weekends sometimes, by the Boca Paila bridge (it used to be a little wooden bridge). In Tulum, the town was very small and nothing more than the fisherman's coop and the last gas station on the 307, before heading to the Sian Ka'an or to Bacalar. I went back to the Tulum area many times over the years, and each time it broke my heart to see the changes. The locals being pushed out, the coast becoming so very crowded, and relentless price hikes on everything. Mind you...I do understand why people are drawn to Tulum - it is absolutely blissful. The Sian Ka'an used to be my favorite place on earth. But I decided to not go again because to get there, I have to drive through the madness of Tulum in all its ugly glory. I do hope that those who fight for Tulum will grow in number - and that tourists and visitors join the fight by demanding adequate waste management. In a world ruled by money - demand is king. So... demand!!! Demand brought organic and gluten free foods to our grocery stores - and demand could be key to saving Tulum.

Creo que todos somos responsables de poner nuestro granito de arena para cuidar no sólo Tulum, sino todo el planeta. No tengo nada en contra de nadie. Sin embargo creo que es una realidad que la mayoría de las personas que están haciendo negocios en Tulum son extranjeros, principalmente estadounidenses. Con esto no exento al gobierno mexicano ni a los inversionistas mexicanos de su parte y responsabilidad.

Isra, tu eres parte de esa gente? yo vivo en playa y siempre que voy a la llevo bolsas para levantar plástico y lo que vea de plástico, tengo 65 años y es mi granito de arena, claro que hay problemas de corrupcion, No es difícil hacer algo por nuestra cuenta y desgraciadamente los inversionistas y gobierno son gran problema, llore con este documenta, (no generalices) mi herencia para mis nietos es que hagan lo mismo, Empecemos!!!

Felicidades!

uno en espanhol hay?

puedes activar los subtítulos, y ya estamos buscando una voz para la versión en Castellano

ya lo vi en los subtitulos :)

I hope this gets translated and sent to Chetumal. It is there that change happens.Organize! Organize! Organize!

Why does that lady keep saying "before WE keep growing"? She is not a native of Tulum...isn't she part of the growth??

Thats why she said we. Shes been there for about 20 years and obviously cares deeply for the area. She should get into politics.

Wunderschöne Zeit dort erlebt! Muss unbedingt geschützt werden!

Hay subtítulos en español ! Simplemente haga clic en el botón CC :)

Así es!!! Todo el mundo se transforma, evoluciona y es la ley del caos/vida.

Siiii!!

Crees que nadie sabe eso en Quintana Roo?

Que pena y que inpotencia da poder ver como destruimos el ecosistema del planeta. Por otro lado no entiendo como los gobiernos correspondientes no toman cartas en el asunto para frenar a los inescrupulosos inversionistas y a todas esas companias que destruyen bosques, rios etc. No existen organismos que cuiden de estos lugares?. Excelente documental.

Ignorance...indifference and greed will destroy our beautiful planet.

Que bueno que no te rendiste. Me encantó. Gracia, gracias infinitas por tu contribución. ❤️

Great work.

Europeos y muchos políticos se adueñaron de tierras en tulum

Son gringos y eurpeos.

+agush22 shes a local and probably not corrupt like most politicians. Oh well.

+Nyree Harris mexican constitution prohibits foreigners from being politicians

+Gabriel Manon haha dont want lose respect for my country because of a discussion on a youtube video ? haha dont get in other peoples business ? haha what the fuck are you talking about, you posted a comment publicly on youtube !! its a waste of energy and time to try and reason with you. Your comment that all americans are nasty and the worst thing that could happen to tulum is ignorant and wrong , same as trump saying all mexicans entering illegally to USA are rapists! Greedy developers and corrupt politicians and useless local and nation government is Tulums biggest problem.

+colin louth then don't get your nose in other people's business. I do respect your country and don't want to lose it.

+Gabriel Manon don't speak to me about not having culture or traditions , I am not from USA , I am from Ireland , rich in culture and traditions

+colin louth I do absolutely believe that americans are the worst thing could happen Tulum, you don't understand culture and traditions because you don't have because in +/-400 years your existence is resumed in one word, WAR. How can a society without values and in decadence be able of showing or having respect for something, when it is used to take everything by force and when that society has shown through its history the worst side of the human race with its acts.

As an American, I agree that there are a large amount of "classless" tourists from this country. Sadly, I see them wherever I go. Most locals are surprised when I tell them I'm American because I actually put effort into not dressing horribly and learning about the culture of the destination I'm visiting. I went to Tulum last year for the 1st time and was educated about the harm of chemical sunscreens. You never hear about this in the states. Tulum was beautiful and I loved learning about Mayan culture and how they were so connected to nature. I'll be back in 2 months again and can't wait to immerse myself in the culture and natural beauty again.

If you really believe after watching this documentary that the worst thing that is happening in Tulum is the arrival of nasty americans then you are a hate filled idiot .

+bchlovr If you are american you are that way, you americans are "educated" (I would say indoctrinated) that way, you don't understand education, traditions and culture because you don't have, all you have now, has been stolen from others and in 400 years of existence all you americans have done is killing people. It was well said by Oscar Wilde, America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. We need that wall to stop you!

Gabriel Manon You can’t blame all for the actions of some. That’s just ignorant. We are not all that way. Just like we are not all stupid enough to have voted for Trumpty Dumpty.

I really like glowing blue lakes sea shores!

I went to Playa del Carmen a few years ago and the same thing is happening there. I remember when I went to a cenote and you could see the sunscreen oil floating on the surface. No one cared. Look to Costa Rica for the solution. 25% of the land there is protected. You need areas that are totally protected. There is no sustainable city. You have to limit the growth eventually.

Aside from the total lack of infrastructure, there is no plan for Tulum, other than cash in quick. The roads are dangerous due to congestion and lack of space. garbage is swept into the jungle...they .hire someone to rake and sweep it....into the forest....thats just silly. The taxis are a huge scam, no set prices, they just gouge whatever they can get from you, and there are few collectivo forms of transport. Such a rip off place. And the power comes from Diesel...thats so bad, and an example of lack of infrastructure....diesel for air conditioning....the place will be poisoned air, water land and sea in no time.

Thank you for this eye opening video. Been to Tulum last Nov. 2018 and I have seen some of the area you mentioned here which is disappointing for a Paradise like Tulum. Tourist, business owners and local visitors alike needs to be aware if only to preserve this heavenly place.

Thank you for this film. I love Tulum. I am Mexican and American. But as you said we are all connected. People don’t fully realize or understand this yet. The acidification of the water, the earth the air is the reflection of humanity doing the same to their own bodies. Humanity commits suicide by acidifying their bodies thereby acidifying everything around them. I pray for healing of all.

Sad, what happened with Cancun? And continue happening, what is happening with playa, and holbox? Around the globe, please be aware of your consumption, its not a matter of waste its a matter of acquisition

Does anyone have a list of Eco friendly hostels, hotels, or Airbnb’s to stay in Tulum? Also, a list of restaurants with locally sourced foods? I’d love to support those places next time I visit. I really enjoyed this video. It was eye opening for me. I LOVE Tulum and I would hate if it were to be destroyed by carelessness and greed. I will definitely be packing differently and being more mindful about the waste I produce when visiting next time!

There will be a list in the near future ! For now, a few great places to start for locally sourced, sustainable food are: Farm to Table Tulum (Caballo Blanco) La Minimal Co Con amor Gypsea Market And a great place to stay is at Holistika!

Th best you could do to help, is going back home.

Te equivocas, el principal responsable es el corrupto gobierno mexicano, a mí no me metas porque además nunca he ido.

Damian777 Doesn't matter where she is from. She's actually showing true concern and had the dedication and brains to put this documentary together with the aim of raising awareness. In fact she deserves double recognition because she is acting more responsibly than some natives themselves. She has settled there and rather than just taking she is giving. It really takes a dumbass to criticize when there is so much admire.

the type of tourists you are talking about usually dont venture far from their all inclusive hotels, They are there just for hot weather the beach and partying for a week or 2, which is there choice and like them or not they bring employment to the area. Tulum does not attract as much as these type of tourist when compared to playa or Cancun. The issue of types of tourists is not related to this documentary.

Keep Mexico beautiful. Aside from the country I live in Mexico is my favourite place in the entire world. It's people, it's food, it's culture. Mexicans are amazing people with big hearts, American tourists I avoid like the plague. Sorry to say, not all are bad but they can be annoying. You can tell it's them when they are the ones wearing sports jerseys everywhere they go. Europeans I find are more sophisticated tourists and more respectful. Keep Tulum beautiful.

As a Mexican, I see the beach side of Tulum as a disrespectful way of monetizing Mexico and its paradise. I did not like it at all. Whatever it was, it was not Mexico. I decided to stay in the city not the beach since it was more in line with Mexico and its traditions. If tourists want a city that resembles their own country why bother coming to MX anyways. I asked locals why do they put up with gentrification? None could give a straight answer but they were all pissed. Also, I did see Argentinian business owners do the same in Tulum as some Americans.

Pablo DM s

I was there a few times for day trips. I fail to see what the appeal is. What am I missing?

it seems to be the same story everywhere you go...my hometown in Alaska is the same with the fishing and oil industries...now where I live in Arizona the Grand Canyon is smoggy/dirty & changed.... I appreciate this video very much. Tulum is where I go in my mind when I need calm... I miss it so...

What a beautiful place! Lots of love to the people of Tulum! Greetings https://youtu.be/woLCKCzSo-M

El problema es el Capitalismo. El Neo-Liberalismo que a hecho a Mexico olvidar su cultura, su orgullo, y su dignidad. Imperialism is the problem, a by-product of Capitalism. Indigenous people who have been in this continent for centuries who continuously have rejected Neo-Liberal reforms that have ruined Mexico's ecosystems and continually degrade the environment. Learn about the role of U.S and Canadian business interests in Mexico.

Lo que tiene que mejorar en Tulum es el servicio, igual también se sienten EL destino pero tienen un servicio del culo tan del culo que no se le debería llamar servicio, Tuluminatis tienen que tener más humildad, aprendan de los errores de Playa y Cancún, atiendan a los visitantes bien no como si les estuvieran haciendo el favor, actitud y sobreprecio también es una queja común en sus visitantes

Clean renewable energy? Your talking about high rollers who can produce this and your overreacting those who use solar panels, is all I can afford! How are you doings right? You who made this video. don't attack those who are using solar panels, what's next, your going to bitch about wind power? Your fkng stupid! I agree that the mangroves and other destructions to those jungles but in Mexico a lot of those people don't five a rats ass about anything your saying because the investors have more power than you and I and influence the politicians. Your one of those extreme panicked green fanatics. Much of this will never stop because the big drug lords have more power and investment power than you and I will ever have. It pisses me off that your against solar panels! What the fuck do you want! What about these so called BS Gurus who can afford luxury front beach land to stand on a leg and say they are opeining their third eye? BS, I'm a firm believer in solar and wind, composting waste, and let me guess... your against compost also? Iv'e seen lots of you environmentalist freaks be freaks about these things and think your all mighty and powerful claiming you have the answer! why don't you got create legions of locals and others to do frequent marches on the streets of Quintana Roo instead of siting in YOUR own nice luxurious living?

Great documentary

So sad to see this happening I hope this documentary brings awareness. We must respect nature for it to continue giving back to us...

I bet a mexican scumbag quoted her the 2 million tourists a year number. Watch out for taxi scumbags in Mexico City by the way everyone. Taxis at the airport there have no meters.

Tulum ya está hecho mierda, todas las fiestas del Papaya Playa y demás hoteles devastan cada vez más la región, por TODOS lados están construyendo, encontrar una vivienda "digna" es imposible por lo caro, el Chedraui de ahí es el más caro de México, la cantidad de drogas es asquerosa (antes era cada quien con su porrito y en su rollo). Los politicos del municipio (y obviamente del estado) metidos en todos los negocios de drogas y de construcción irregular. Los hoteles violando los derechos laborales y sobre explotando a sus trabajadores, cocaina te ofrecen en todos los bares, la peor corrupción de todo México sin duda está en tulum y sus funcionarios, pero la peor basura y el peor cancer de tulum, son los taxistas y los policias del municipio, es impresionante la manera de extorsionar al turista (y al local) por parte de esos cabrones. En fin, una lástima, le quedan pocos años a éste precioso lugar. Yo por lo pronto ya salgo huyendo de aquí, terrible lugar para vivir y querer hacer una vida...

y a donde te iras? yo estaba interesado en hacer una vida en Tulum pero ahora me lo estoy pensando mas.

Otra cosa muy cierta, la gente de ahí (mal llamados "mayitas") son los menos educados y por ende los que no tienen problema en tirar la basura a la calle, la gente que somos de otras partes de México y los extranjeros nos preocupamos más en mantener limpio el lugar que los puercos originarios de ahí...

A white business owner lady is schooling everyone how should they do it the right way cause is hurting "her" mangrove

If you were listening, she is blaming the developers, not the local community. In fact, she says that people coming to tulum to do business need to be more involved with the community..... but please, tell me more.

She's not blaming the locals she's blaming the developers who are not developing using sustainable methods and she's also blaming tourists for not being environmentally conscious. But nice try demonizing her...

Was there last week for mayon warriors night and fuck me I love tulum what a place ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m from liverpool uk and the woman in tulum was amazing

Extremely well done. I was not aware of any of these environmental problems.

The reef is dying due to climate change, the water in the Caribbean is getting warmer, and it's dying from Panama to Chetumal in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's a real shame.

WOW fantastic well made video!!! A++++++  What is the name of the renewable technology mentioned at minute 23? Biomass diesel?

What is the name of the renewable technology of Synpet tech called @ min 23:00? Biomass diesel?

TCP - Thermal Conversion Process

Wow... Amazing documentary! Thank you for making us aware of such enviromental issues affecting Tulum and our planet. Bravo

I went to Playa del Carmen a few years ago and the same thing is happening there. I remember when I went to a cenote and you could see the sunscreen oil floating on the surface. No one cared. Look to Costa Rica for the solution. 25% of the land there is protected. You need areas that are totally protected. There is no sustainable city. You have to limit the growth eventually. "The reason you make money is because of this" Well said.

There was also a land grab about 3 years ago where some rich group took 7 or 8 properties and told the previous owners they didn't have proper title, which ruined a number of people who didn't have the money to fight them in court. That kind of appropriation is criminal.

+Gilberto Palmerin we'll go back home as soon as all the Mexicans in America go back home, deal?

ratiuss quetzl there is still an ongoing debate of who came first - the mayans or the Olmecs :) Until then, let’s just focus on the what the documentary is about - the collapse of the environment !

it must've been gorgeous and fun to camp down there back then

En mi experiencia, la gente foránea, hasta del mismo país son las peores plagas que le caen a los lugares. Aquí en Querétaro, desde hace unos 6 años que empezó un boom económico, llegaron oleadas literalmente de gente foránea, nacional y extranjera, que han destrozado la ciudad y muchas partes del estado. Siempre culpan al gobierno, qué desde luego es responsable de muchos de éstos problemas, pero cada acto incorrecto y cada invasión de los de fuera destruye un poco más el lugar. De ser uno de los pocos lugares seguros del país, ahora es cómo cualquier otra ciudad sucia, llena de crimen, de inmoralidad, de asaltos, de estafadores, de psicópatas y de gente agresiva y descara... Es una verdadera tristeza en lo que se ha convertido mi bella ciudad nativa, por la invasión de gente sin escrúpulos y sin el mas mínimo respeto a la tierra que les brinda una mejor vida qué de dónde vienen. Tal vez una imaginación mía, pero la gente más narcisista de entre las sociedades, es la qué mas migra, y la gente narcisista es cero empática y respetuosa de los demás, menos aún de los lugares a los que llegan.

well said

@Gabriel Manon That is a grossly stereotypical comment, worse than Trump's comments about the BAD HOMBRES of Mexico. Grouping ALL Americans together is intellectual laziness.  Of course there are Americans who love Mexico, who help Mexico. Of course there are Mexicans who are wonderful, hardworking, peaceful people. Please don't generalize, the American people are not your enemy. The narcos, corrupt politicians and elitists have raped Mexico far more than any American. Peace.

You should be grateful for the billions of dollars that Americans bring into Mexican economy. Tourism also incentivizes Mexico to preserve and conserve the environment. You come off as quite ignorant. the Mayans were sacrificing children and their own people and putting them in soup and committing other barbaric Acts warring with other peoples.

You got it all wrong! It’s the developers that are doing this to Tulum to get a higher profit for themselves. Plus why is it that it’s the Americans/Canadians always clean up the messes of underdeveloped nations?

+Dan Glen what are you on about? Read the comments , I am not claim to be better than anyway, I was defending American tourists from others calling them nasty and classless!!

Its the deep state cabal globalists who use the open borders for making millions in black market money through drug smuggling heroin, cocaine, MJ, meth ect, human trafficking, child pedophilia, weapon/ illegal gun running, organ harvesting and smuggling, terrorists, and illegal immigration...totally unregulated ...as what your seeing in tulum in this video. Unregulated infrastructure. different value systems. Heres an example of why a wall is needed; The cartels have a lot of power in mexico. HSBC allowed 881 million to be laundered with mexican drug cartels...thats just 1 that was caught. this is what needs to stop, and this is why Trump is cutting off the black market funding of the deep state elites cabal illuminati Don't believe the fake media aka deep state narrative. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hsbc-usa/hsbc-draws-line-under-mexican-cartel-case-after-five-years-on-probation-idUSKBN1E50YA

+colin louth Then you must be better than everyone else, congrats.

No Gabriel, the worst that happened to Tulum and other areas of Mexico is Mexican corruption , laws made to protect protected areas are violated by greedy politicians and developers . You know how Mexico is, developers pay millions of dollars to the government so they can build without respecting the construction laws and there is no authority to promote a clean city so turists or locals they just dump trash everywhere .

+bchlovr your stupid enough to still believe votes put people on the presidency,and yes the white man is responsible for what is happening in our continent just like they found out they did to Europe before heading this way to continuing their ignorant self destrucive system,if it wasn't for what your people learned here YOU would still be using your street as an open sewer,its painful to be treated by the white in USA but putting up with your behavior in our own lands and country is something else,your chest inflates as if being in a different country as a tourist assures that you are better than the rest.

Gustavo Garza I agree with your Trump way of thinking lol! More people means more fecal matter and more contamination!

I find it interesting that the woman interviewed acts like A) she isn’t part of the problem B) most paradises around the world have been and are being loved to death. For example, these exact same problems are happening on Siargoa Island, Philippines, Bali, South Florida, Oahu, Nicaragua, Bocas del toro and the list goes on..... Environmental protection will never trump the money and corruption that come with massive growth, until the people of these areas take control by educating future generations on the values of a healthy environment, electing environmentally conscious officials and standing up to corruption.

We have to hold the government and businesses accountable. Like the people living there needs to stand up. I had a conversation with a bar owner on the beach and he told me most of the hotels just ignore the zoning codes and pay off the city . I was so pissed cause its greed and I'm looking to make a change with my family when I move there

Fuck Leonardo DiCaprio

Asqueroso tulum con materia fecal

I was here for 3 weeks. Got bit by a pit bull. Ran out of money. Got gravelly ill, lost 16 pounds in the 3 weeks

I was here for 3 weeks

Playa Del Carmen population 2 million by 2025? You sure about that?

Tulum will be ruined as a tourism spot of Mexico does not get the cartel violence under control.. It's getting very bad there now. Over a dozen murdered in Playa Del Carmen this week.

A dozen this week? Stop lying.

I'm with you.

All these comments by Mexicans that Americans are destroying the environment here in Mexico...lol! Mexicans destroy there environment way more than Americans do in the US. I know...I live here in CDMX and been all through Mexico. Get real.

Looks more like a comercialmentary, for SYNPET, and capitalism

This reminds me of the children's book called Uno's Garden.

this narcisistic materialistic and idiots kings of capitalism and ignorance...they doesnt matter if the nature get destroyed because they already make the money...the game of this monkeys is to make money just for feel power...that is the big issue of human kind...all monkeys want to have the power...thats why I prefer love!! because I recognize I´m divine...this monkeys cannot understand that...they just think in terms of numbers and sickness...

Great documentary. So sad to see how humanity keep doing things wrong in terms of the ecosystem but it is great at the same time to see a few people getting the courage to raise awareness. I can’t just but to feel pain for what is happening in Tulum and the earth in general. Rachel, its an unvaluable work what you are doing there with your team. Hope you never give up!

This is disturbing.

Well made! Interesting information. I cycled Tulum and stayed at local workaway garden. Only ate local fruits. I did see how the development is taking over and passed by some trash fields. Sad to see. Powerful energy at one cenote I swam in, but I didn't visit others because they all charged entry fees...

This advanced Mayan culture you speak of was commuting human sacrifices on a regular basis.

I thought Cancun (or Acapulco) would be a good enough example.. I went in the early 90s.. playa del Carmen wasn't even a place really.. Tulum.. nothing .. just backpack life. The nation needs to get behind this crazy stuff. Well developed things are sustainable, like this.. it's boom and bust economics. Typically USA directed

NO AL TREN MAYA! IT MEANS DETRUCTION! WHY THEY CALL TREN MAYA WHEN MAYAS ARE'T OWNER OF THAT DESTUCTIVE PROJECT.

Una pregunta: ¿por qué al final del documental en los "agradecimientos especiales" agradecen a Carlos Heredia? Carlos Heredia trabaja en el Papaya Playa Project, es el sobrino de Emilio Heredia, dueño del Hotel Papaya Playa Project, el famoso hotel donde se hacen las fiestas, construyen arbitrariamente donde se les antoja, dañan el ecosistema y espantan a las tortugas por todo el ruido que hace el equipo de sonido y luces de sus fiestas, son los que ocasionan en gran medida el terrible tránsito en la zona hotelera de Tulum. Emilio Heredia está relacionado con actos de corrupción para adquirir bienes en el estado en colusion con autoridades administrativas y judiciales, y algunos lo ligan con el narcotráfico (basta con ir a una sola fiesta para darse cuenta de la cantidad de droga que se mueve ahí dentro); por lo que me parece algo incongruente (tomando en cuenta la naturaleza del documental ) que se agradezca a alguien que trabaja para las personas y en uno de los lugares que más ha dañado Tulum (y sigue dañando) en todo sentido...

I got tired of being lectured before the end.

Nukes or GTFO

Aloha Mario and just so you know, I believed in Solar for a while and even have them on my roof ! Until a friend pointed out to me how unsustainable they truly are. It’s all just marketing. I was angry at first too - but always remember. Darkness will show you the light !

Aloha Mario yes, let’s keep using solar when people in 3rd world countries are suffering to make them. Their water is being polluted and the conditions in which they work is close to slavery! People are dying over them. But let’s use them because Elon Musk at Tesla says it’s cool. Not to mention, they are considered hazardous waste after they are no longer usable ! Have you ever heard of a life cycle analysis ?! Look is up !!! Solar is not sustainable when you take into consideration the life cycle analysis. Period. Please do yourself a favor and research the life cycle analysis of solar. There are plenty of alternative solutions to solar panels. Waste to energy being one of them. It is not that far fetched. It just takes business deals and investment from those with resources. Composting is great as long as it is done the right way ! Thanks for your input, but please do your research before commenting so harshly on something.

+Rustin Cohle entiendo tu punto de vista, y que consejo nos darias a las personas que queremos poner un negocio en Tulum?

+Psychedelic Gypsy El irme de Tulum es mi manera de contribuir al "mejoramiento", aunque parezca poco, el gasto, basura generada, daño ambiental y huella de carbono que representa una persona es demasiado. De irme, todavía no estoy seguro, probablemente Mérida o alguna zona cercana.

Lo conociste cuando valia la pena.

If you pay little more attention to the history you discover that every country in the word was develop in the same way - stilling land and killing people. America is just one of the newest so is easier to remember how it was. It's always easier to blame somebody else but not yourself. Power is in the hands of local people. Do not sell your land. Limit tourist tsunami. Most of them only remember tequila buzz anyway.

+Nic Downs De acuerdo contigo, pero desafortunadamente, la historia que compartimos ha sido siempre desventajosa para México, si bien es cierto que hay muchos mexicanos en EUA, es porque eso era México, lo robaron y nunca lo contaran así.

+Silviu Vartolas In corruption there are 2 sides, the one who offers and who accepts, wealthy people use more on their behalf over law. Specially nasty americans, thats the way they are. The wall is needed indeed to stop their shit. They speak about drugs, criminals, etc. But their shit is not minor, guns, money to wash, criminals too, and tons of sick people.

+spikefivefivefive there a little difference, mexicans where there before you came and stole our land. The american way of getting things, by force.

+Gabriel Manon La destrucción y la maldad del hombre no tiene nacionalidad. Y tienes razón en que la corrupcion necesita de dos corruptos (lo dicen en el video). Pero la responsabilidad de salvaguardar su territorio es de las autoridades del territorio. Gente que venga a lucrase van a venir desde todos los lugares, los primeros los propios mexicanos, pero son las autoridades las responsables de poner coto a los abusos. Este año viajamos a México, verémos entonces si el no respeto a la naturaleza es solo cosa de los extranjeros.

+polifatts look polifart: filthy third-world country but you go there every year, surely because it isn't more than the place you come from to go that often.

+Dos Mochilas y Media No es un asunto de echar culpa, la corrupción requiere de 2 partes, el que corrompe y el corrupto. Quienes tienes poder económico en muchos casos lo usan en su beneficio y por encima de la ley. Bien recuerdo el caso de un consorcio español que destruyo el manglar de Tajamar en Cancun, tanta prisa tenían que no le importo enterrar animales vivos cuando llevaron acabo la destrucción del lugar. Sin embargo, la gente (y no las autoridades corruptas) lograron detener el ecocidio causado por los españoles. Como ves, después de 500 anos, todavía siguen causando destrucción.

Yes Americans and every other western culture.. ever since fuckn white people set foot on the world they been fucking shit up.

+polifatts Gabriel maricon

Siempre echando la culpa a otros. El turismo será irresponsable y no tendrá respeto por el medio ambiente. Pero ¿que hay de las autoridades mexicanas?¿porque no regulan la construccion de hoteles y el turismo en general? Desde el año 1492 no paráis de justificar vuestros males con que los extranjeros vinieron a colonizaros. De eso ya hace mas de 500 años! Despertad! Cojed las riendas de vuestro futuro de una vez!

+Gabriel Manon You realize it's mostly Europeans that live in Tulum right? I go there every year and meet way more Euros than Americans. Mexico is already a filthy third-world country without any help. Nobody is to blame but the people and government. You should change your name to Gabriel Maricón. It would be more fitting.

​+Gabriel Manon No sé si eres mexicano o no (me imagino que sí), pero antes de estereotiparnos ten en cuenta que muchos de nosotros crecemos en hogares multiculturales (en serio, somos el pais con mayor cantidad de hispanohablantes después de ustedes, fíjate!). Esto de que el típico estadounidense sea como los "gringos" borrachos en Tulum que adoran a Trump es una locura. Me encanta Mexico, y te guste o no compartimos mucha historia.

+colin louth up the Irish :) love

+Ophelia Valentine,lts a fact that Americans waste x3 than the British or French or Spanish ,everyone in fact.sad.

I'm an American who agrees with you. In 2001 there were almost no Americans. I met one guy. There was no power for AC or hair dryers. There were no giant diesel generators. The NY and LA party scene showed up. It's hipster central. Such a mess now.

true and it's ironic , a lot Americans hate Mexicans especially the Mayan looking ones.

empieza con los Mexicanos bro ustedes son con los que empieza el cambio

"Worst thing happening in the US is the increasing number of nasty illegal Mexicans who have invaded there, they don't have any respect for the law, people's rights, or life or whatsoever as long as they work and drive illegally. We need a wall, they are the worst disease of this world."

This is the exact result of Mexico corruption at local, state and federal levels and the lack of enforcement of the environmental protection laws. USA used to be the same (lackluster EPA legislation) up till the 60'. First you need to clean up your domestic mess and then blame it on the foreigners. BTW, I'm from E Europe and traveled to Riviera Maya and the entire Mexico for the past 20 years, besides the rest of the world.

I Lived In Tulum A Few Year's Back...Absolutely Loved The Experience...However I Saw An Unsustainable Environment Being Created...I Lived In Col Huracanes...My Neighbor's Where Kind, Hard Working People...I Would Ride My Bike Everywhere And Explore The Area...Like A Secret...When It Gets Exposed...People Flock To The Area For Various Reasons...In My Time Living In Tulum...I Did My Best To Be A Good Ambassador Of Gringos From Estados Unidos...Treating Everyone And Tulum With Respect...I Was Not There To Change Mexico Or Tulum...But To Experience A Rich And Vibrant Culture...To Help Out the Community...Not Enrich Myself At The Expense Of Others...But To Live And Share With Fellow Human's...I Have Lived All Over Mexico...And Love The Country And It's People...Sending Blessings And Positive Energy!

I own property in Tulum and will be living there some day. I would love to be involved in any and every way I can be. How can I be of service? I love Tulum and I love the people there. Lets do all we can to preserve this special place, It will take a lot of organization and fund raising.... again, how can I be of service?

The same thing is happening to Ilha Grande in Angra dos Reis, the corruption is allowing people to destroy the nature!

The expat who has come to stay and live there is probably doing more damage in the long run than a tourist that comes and goes.Unfortunately we can love these beautiful places to death.What to do.Too many humans !

This is a promotional short film , with very, very beautiful images of Tulum , in 4k

Podría ser un gran lugar sin mexicanos y sin turistas el único problema no son los turistas los mexicanos que se venden por unos dólares y por unos pesos en ese caso hay que sacar a todos de Cancún es un escocido no solamente tulum el gran problema de cualquier entorno natural es el ser humano el más grande y vil depredador. Si los mexicanos se quejan no vendan sus tierras si los extranjeros se quejan no vengan no consuman deberían de hablar también de la inseguridad qué hay en Cancún de la violencia los asesinatos los secuestros y todo lo que se ve el gran problema de este ecocidio somos todos. En algún momento la naturaleza ya sea la tierra o el mar se encargarán de mandar a todos los invasores a la mierda.

I'm laughing my ass off ... this is Mexico, THEY DON'T GIVE A FUCK, NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL, it is one of the most corrupt nations on earth, that place will go to shit over time, its unavoidable, government is useless over there

the answer is simple STOP MAKING BABY!

This happening all around the world. Humans have lost respect for life and our planet. Maybe if the crime goes up all those shady businesses will leave. I don’t feel you could blame any nationality although I don’t know the nationality of the majority of business owners in Tulum. So blame humans of all nationality. Everyone is contributing. Should have never developed there. All those new businesses should be ashamed especially when they are not helping the people who were there long before them. Nobody should be making 4 dollars a day with so much development. Put this video on the tourist welcome channel and let them know what they are funding and supporting. It should have never been developed. this is why nobody can climb chitchen itza no more too. Ruining everything

Thomas Beaver, well said. I appreciate how you worded your statement.

Someone has to raise the voice!!! Protect what Mother Earth give us!!

One of the best videos I've seen. Had been diving Palancar and Santa Rosa while in Cozumel in the mid eighties...things were still quaint but developing rapidly. While there exploring the undeveloped Carribbean side of the coast you had to drive past a buzzard infested road leading to the island's trash landfill - no pit just piled in mounds all the hotel and tourist debris and I was alarmed then as I drove in for a look...that was 35 years ago and I am frightened to know the size and impact today... The solutions you passionately outline are crucial for the future. Well done

That's too bad, perfect example of satan controlling the world

As someone who has been going to Tulum for almost twenty years, this documentary is well intentioned but sadly juvenile and under-resourced. The basic thorn of corruption that exists in Mexico means that every suggestion made in this doc will never happen as long as the quicksand of payoffs, bribes, and assassinations continues. It is STRUCTURAL, deeply, deeply rooted in the history of Latin America, so pointing fingers at any one party is ridiculous, because they are all at the mercy of the larger system. I could offer a hundred examples of how deeply the bribery and intimidation works, but they are all variations on the same theme: there is no overarching structural governmental and popular movement towards solving the basic poison of corruption at every level. So developers bring global capital and must enter a system of bribes and payoffs in order to build. Environmental protections and local codes have no power, because...corruption. Developers can come in, upend the environment, extract capital and leave. Existing smaller owners along the beach must pay the Indian tribes bribes simply to exist, because....corruption. Taxi drivers are robbed, because of drug cartels, who provide the hidden extra layer of fear and corruption because why? The larger system allows them to flourish. I could offer a hundred other examples. There is too much money at stake, too much consumer interest in the place, and a two-bit system of governance who sole consistency is the sticky wicket of greased palms. For God sakes the cops shake down tourists who drive down to Tulum from Cancun. How is this not the stupidest PR nightmare for Tulum? The answer is corruption is unstoppable, Mexico has many other problems, and so there is nobody steering the ship. I watched with horror as I saw American companies come in, and mow down the environmental protection of the Sian Ka'an over the 2000's. I thought surely the U.N. and The Mexican government won't sell off this highly unique area for development. How naive I was. You can blame the throngs of tourists who come, and who will wreck Tulum like Cancun and Playa before. But that would be wrong. The problem is Mexico is rotten to the core, and nothing can stop corruption short of a national emergency and a spiritual revolution in Latin America to rid itself of this poison. Strong national governments protect their environmental assets. It saddens me beyond belief how much beauty and kindness I have received from individual Mexicans over the years as a guest in *their* home, while they are powerless to change a thing because top down Mexico is bathing in the corrosion of corruption. It is a multi-headed beast that will never be solved by individual efforts (sorry to say) because they all whither under payoffs, bribes and drugs. Tulum is a magical place, but its beauty and delicate environmental nature means it will be killed off soon enough, and no one thing will stop it. I stopped going to Mexico altogether after all these years because too many sadnesses piled up where I realized nothing will ever be stable in Mexico until corruption is considered a national and spiritual emergency and the rule of law is enforced, journalists aren't assassinated, and drug cartels are run out of the country. Piecemeal solutions won't work. I appreciate this effort to ask questions, but it's amateurish, and doesn't touch the problem nearly close enough. For that you need investigative journalists brave enough to dig into the dirt, not silly environmental slogans and simplistic pleas to global corporations who are mercenary. Mexico is growing fast, and it will only arrive as a first world country when corruption is stopped at the highest levels.

This is an excellent documentary. I spent time in Tulum in the early 2000s and it has clearly changed dramatically since then. The manner in which this has taken place is tragic. Not to be dramatic but this is true...our planet is gradually being destroyed by the greedy.

Mexicans are the ones doing this. Blaming it on Americans is a joke. Anything for a fast buck. At least the corrupt government has tried to stop the illegal building. But you just bribe them and start again. Too bad Tulum is not in another country so it could be protected. It is a nightmare now. Better beaches without the horrible traffic all over the Caribbean.

You idiot I am not there. Just go there a lot and have witnessed it first hand. The destruction is from Mexicans. They are the developers.

Dude! Shut up!

todo mexico era muy bonito nomas empesaron losestranjeros de mierda y estan contaminando todo el pais en la sierra de chihuahua donde soy yo habia muchos ojos de agua. o aguas termales nomas llegaron los estranjeros isieron hoteles y ahora todas esas aguas termales son aguas negras. ya estan contaminando toda la sierra

Sadly, one day when we are all gone, and then another Billion or so years the Earth will have erased us from all traces of existence, the animals and environment will once again be beautiful all over.

What about stop showing fake earth image? 1:04 and show the dark side of NASA?

NO_EYES_ON_ME if you’d like to pay for real images of earth, please be our guest ! This was all we could afford.

Critics on sun panels just because of the components which are made off, ignoring their 25 years lifecycle is simply bullshit. There is no other alternative rather than green energy generation however seems like some fosile related lobbies are interested on hijack this fact...

No ignoring, just understanding that destroying one part of the earth to make another part of the earth more 'ecological' isn't exactly sustainable. We were also upset when we first found out about solar panels not being the best alternative ! It takes time to process, but it's better to know the truth. Just like recycling doesn't truly work, solar panels too have been hyped up beyond their capabilities and we have completely ignored the life cycle analysis of solar panels and the impact they have on our environment (or is it better to say the environment of third world countries?) The old saying goes: Solve one problem, create 10 more. This has to stop !

Great video

65,000,000,000 years ago! What a liar. You have no idea and just spouting numbers

The Dark Side of Tulum, where exactly did you get this info from? Am I safe in saying that Almighty God said let there be light, and there was light?

I agree 65 million years sounds a year or two off.

Clearly you are the one spurting numbers. We said 65 million. You have written 65 billion. And yes, 65 million years ago the Yucatan peninsula was covered by ocean.

Well, I'm from México, México city, and I don't go anymore, for the same problem, I love my country, I love the people that live here, but for me is a heartbreaken seeing this beautiful beach, becoming that horrible and nasty beach. Five years ago, I get in sock for the beauty of the sea, it was like love at first seen, but I went two years ago, and I cried, because large resorts hotels, killed the magic and beauty of it. I don´t blame only the hotels and tourists, I blame us, the Mexicans that allow this mess. Of course the government and the corruption are the most guilty, but we have to put our granite for the solution that we have to implement now. RIGHT NOW ¡¡¡

The movie goes till 23:10... Then the rest is PUBLICITY

My opinion only: the Mexican people have a right to be upset and I bet most resorts are owned by off shore corporations.

This doc shows some problems I noticed on the 6 times I went to Tulum. It is visually pleasing. I feel the director kind of polluted the documentary by not disclosing she has a position at SYNPET, and this turns reporting into a infomercial / advertorial. Maybe interviewing academics with experience in recycling and human consumption would have provided more honest perspectives. Something I notice in the area is how many of these hotels are foreign owned, the labor force they employ is really underpaid, the equivalent of 8 USD a day. But tourists are charged prices equivalent to the USA, so the profit is staggering. Also a lot of the money from these hotels and resorts does not get reinvested locally but goes out of the country. The beaches south of Tulum, where there are no hotels are littered with plastic coming even from other countries. No one lives there, no one cleans up. I also noticed an increase of drugs / parties on the beach in a few years. And public access to the beach has been closed off by many of these eco chic / boutique hotels. It is really saddening. In Mexico, like in most countries and unlike in the USA, the beach / coastline has to be publicly accessible. I fear that the US unregulated capitalistic ways are seeping through in Mexico. Regarding the garbage problem, I noticed the local poor Maya people, in other village and towns throw containers in the bushes and roads are littered. Probably decades ago they ate on banana leaves or natural material that would decompose, but in this day and age styrofoam and plastic are omnipresent and take centuries to break down for just minutes of single use. Anyway I am glad this has been made, but I wish it gave more of a background on people interviewed, and that it really would not be a commercial for SNYPET, even if it may be a well intentioned company. I noticed self defined eco resorts like Amansala taking large clumps of local orchids plants from the nearby mangroves and put them on their wall exposed to full sun, and salt water air, drying and dying. It showed lack of authentic respect for the environment. In Mexico I always try to eat at locally / family owned restaurants and stands, it is a lot cheaper, but the money goes for the most part to the local Maya families who run the operation and often live with very little.

who freaking cares that Tulum is the place where Leonardo Di caprio goes on vacation???? why the f... that should be important??

+Michelle Cuervo nope, you are right... the video content is very good and interesting to know the dark side of Tulum. Thanks for the content.

Well aparently you cared enough to comment. Is that all you got from this video?

tulum for mexicans, we dont need many turist, stay your countries

Exactly. It’s the tourist that cause all this.

Thank you !

very good video ,well put on explained two the point ,as a world travler 61 countries a globe trotter back packer traveling yrs at a time i see so much of this happing around the world ,and as a movie producer actor i realy how you made your video movie ,keep spreading the word and spread your ideas aroind he world ,smile smile kelly.

Well done. And good luck

Hola from Merida, Yucatan :)

I applaud your movie’s intentions and quality of work. It made me curious about what else could I learn or do, but where do I search? I would expect your platforms (social media/web) to lead your audience to resources to inform themselves on the issues and connect them with people who already are taking action. You have a great opportunity of taking your movie beyond critical inspiration and becoming part of the action. Thank you.

I agree !! We need to protect this place

I am so depressed

Can you make an Spanish version ? It would be awesome, most of people of Cancun and the state in general don’t know about this.

Mexico is in the unfortunate position of being close to the US and thus a great magnet for tourism. There's nothing like a combination of cheap air fares and inviting beaches to compound the problem. But this is a malady that is playing out all over the world. Pattaya, Thailand, and the island of Bali are but two examples. The greed for money runs our world. There is no good solution. If you think you can tinker around the edges by halting corruption, or belatedly requiring home owners and hotel owners to install proper waste treatment systems, then you are living in a fantasy world.

Although some miles north there is a natural preserve I do not want to name, the former Q. Roo governor used eminent domain to stop building a resort there and it has been kept virgin,. No restaurants, no hotels. The locals protested in favor of conservation. The then governor Mario Villanueva, who was beloved by local Maya people, was accused of drugs trafficking ended up in prison in Mexico then in the USA. But locals said he improved roads and life in the poor Maya villages.

tank you to take time for tulum you help me to see think differently i live in playa and we don't know where all that s#$%t go ,and i remember 25 ago there is practically no coral anymore neer the reef now, go to mahahual maybe it is still time to simply do sour before it is done as a city

@Bayanda Jele I wish I was bro... The situation is getting very bad now. The cartels have moved in. https://globalnews.ca/news/4825027/mexico-travel-safety-playa-del-carmen/amp/

Yes director works for SNYPET according to the website. Issues are real, but she should have disclosed the conflict of interest. Is SNYPET a silver bullet? that should be asked to academics and scientists, not present SNYPET as a solution. Also huge problem is the cheap labor exploitation by foreign business owners. Most of the money goes out of Mexico rather than being reinvested locally. Plastic is a problem also in Maya villages miles inland where there is no tourists nor tourism. Plastic gets thrown on the side of the road or in the bushes. Those villages are poor, maybe taking some money from tourism profits and use it to educate people would be great, I appreciate someone did this reporting, but it is really ruined by the advertorial perspective.

do you mean committing? not commuting? Anyway the Spanish invaders had local support in MX against the Aztecs who were fighting and enslaving nearby populations. History is not simple, not the good vs the bad.

No puedo ver lo que me contestaste en tu comentario pasado... creo que lo eliminaron...

Rustin Cohle Así son los Corruptos Traidores de la Patria , son de doble moral !

+Rustin Cohle Rustin, entiendo de donde llega tu frustacion y no dudes muchos nos podríamos sentir identificados con ella. De todas maneras y sin ser amigo de las fiestas multitudinarias te dire que Papaya es de los muy pocos hoteles que esta conectado a la CFE (con lo que no es parte del problem que mencionamos en el documental sobre el consumo de gasolina para dar energía a los hoteles) y también tiene una instalación de tratamiento de aguas residuales bastante avanzada. Si ademas presta sus instalaciones llenas de vegetación y da una mano en que esta documental terminara viendo la luz, lo de dar las gracias es lo normal. Aquí vivo y una cosa te puedo decir, si todos los hoteles y restaurantes trataran sus desechos como Papaya, estaríamos mucho mejor. Cada quien es muy libre de acudir o no a los lugares que no considere oportunos, lo sufro cada día en pueblo y playa, pero mal estaríamos si no reconocemos cuando alguien hace algo que merece ser agradecido.

+The Dark Side of Tulum En ningún momento mencioné que era lo único que "noté en el documental, reconozco el gran trabajo que se pretende hacer con el mismo, justamente por eso expreso mi opinión, ya que dada la naturaleza del mismo y como ustedes lo mencionan "documental independiente que explora la belleza y TRAICIÓN de Tulum...), me pareció incongruente e irresponsable que se le otorgara un agradecimiento especial a una persona que forma parte fundamental en la devastación y deterioro de Tulum (en todo sentido). De igual manera, en ningún momento niego mi responsabilidad en el problema y hago lo que puedo desde mi trinchera, por lo que no veo el punto del comentario, así mismo, y como artistas y activistas deberían de tomar a consideración una crítica como lo que es, no simplemente catalogarla como "comentario negativo", y entender y sobretodo tolerar el derecho de cada individuo a expresarse de la manera que quiera, al final este documental es una expresión de un malestar y descontento por parte de ustedes. Saludos y esperemos que este documental logre crear más conciencia entre la audiencia!

Si después de ver todo este documental, y lo único que notó fue un nombre al final, mi amigo le falta el punto. Agradecimos a un amigo, no a un negocio. Y seguiremos siendo agradecidos a quienes nos ayudan, incluso si es posible que hayan hecho algo mal en el pasado. No se trata de culpar, se trata de crecer. A medida que escribimos estos mensajes en nuestros computadoras, no se olvide de dónde provienen todos esos metales precisos y las condiciones en que se ponen las personas para obtener los metales. Todos somos culpables, todos somos parte del problema, y ​​todos debemos perdonar, enseñar, aprender y avanzar colectivamente juntos. Si no desea formar parte de ese movimiento, por favor, lleve sus comentarios negativos a otra parte.

Yeah, look for Costa Rica especially if you are an elder person in need of being bullied by ignorant locals. Do it if you want your return trip cancelled for no reason. Do it if your main reason to go is to freely smoke pot in Nosara or in Rincón de la Vieja. Just do it; land is protected much more than humans are...

Never did Tulum, but I did Playa del Carmen back before it was serious developed, beautiful and I have no desire to see it as it is now. Take a look at Montevideo Costa Rica: Beautiful, with the worst roads on the planet and that is how they want it, they are making sure it does get developed

This is Mexico

The iguanas

Was in California's central valley recently. Bakersfield, Fresno etc. Seem predominately mexican communities now.  Trash thrown everywhere , graffiti and downright filth has turned this part of the state into well...mexico. Document this next

Hola a todos!. Primero que todo quiero agradecer a Rachel Appel por haber hecho este pequeño documental, en el cual sé puede apreciar su preocupación por el futuro de Tulum. Yo también amo la naturaleza y sufro cuando veo como la destruyen. Lo que pasa en Tulum pasa en todo el mando, estamos viviendo tiempos muy duros y muy tristes. La sobrepoblacion, la corrupción, el consumismo, la pérdida de valores, la avaricia, el egoísmo, la ignorancia, el amor al dinero, y muchas cosas más están destruyendo a nuestra gran Señora madre tierra. Nos queda muy poco tiempo, así que el mejor consejo que compartir es que busquen de Dios, lean la Biblia, humillense y obedezcan. Cuando Dios venga y ponga orden volveremos a ver a Tulum y a toda la madre tierra en un estado de sanación sobrenatural. Todo mi respeto para Rachel Appel!

Todo Cancun era de la Antigua ciudad de los Maya’s y todo eso pertenecía a Guatemala em guatemala se respeta más el ecosistema espiritual eso que si se compran sodas viene en botella de vidrio y esas solo se renta la botella, los árboles hay un día ano en donde se siembran árboles y no se cortan árboles para navidad lo que hacer es venden ramas secas que se pintan para hacer el árbol de navidad

i appreciate this effort to save what is right. hope this brings awareness to others.

Malparios Anglosajones ojala q entre los malparios muslims y los askerosos chinos les undan en la miseria

fucken greedy gringos and the lawless, unorganized, corrupt government.

No lo quería ver, porque me voy a deprimir, vivo en Tulum y me encanta este lugar¡ pero bueno aquí estoy viendo el video

Foreigners are not able to purchase property withing 50 miles of the coastline in Mexico. You can "rent" a place for 30 years, but then it returns to Mexican property afterwards. Much of the problems stem from poor government and the ability to bribe your way out of everything. Great job with video. I was in Playa del Carmen and went to Tulum almost twenty years ago. Tulum wasn't much of a city then and Playa was certainly not even half as big as it is now. Waste management and sewers were figured out by the Romans, its estimated that a million people lived in ancient Rome at one point. The problem has a solution, it costs money, and you pay for infrastructure through taxes and municipal bonds. When you see ex pats saying "this growth is horrible and killing this paradise" its kind of ironic because well, you started it. Does Mexico have plastic recycling plants?

the problem is not just in Tulum but our entire world

From Cancun to Tulum the biggest problem now is: drugs. I used to go there almost every year for the last 10 years... I was in 5ta avenida (Playa del Carmen) last February just 3 blocks away from the ferry explosion. I dont know when Im coming back. it is so sad because I fucking love Yucatan. I know from Holbox to Sian ka'an. Pinche droga!!

Yes, we did it. But not what you are implying. Tourism in any way is by its nature destructive, especially when pleasure is the goal.

https://youtu.be/JM3a01AxGAg https://youtu.be/JM3a01AxGAg https://youtu.be/JM3a01AxGAg

Their is a total of 3 sides actually, the people, the government, and the visitors or new comers that choose to leave their country and live their now...their should be a city hall where they have meetings for the people to get involved..all you have to do is all get together and think of taking like 2 whole work weeks and take a vacation for those 2 weeks and clean up that place or build something all together... then you all can create a new holiday, that I'm sure the world would then join in as well once you make another video and promote it like this... well video just clarifying the exact root of the first steps that need to take place...set an appointment date assure everyone's aboard this plan then take charge, and make great change

So sad... people's destroying Tulum.

So true I was there 24 years ago and had a feeling this is what it would become. A lot because a man I was on the plane with when we flew into Cancun look down and said none of this was here 20 years ago. And it looked like a mini Las Vegas to me. Sad to see it happen to a paradise like that

First impression: I am watching the first three minutes and the geologic information is incorrect. I have lived here for almost ten years and feel so angry at what Tulum has become. I hope the rest of this documentary is based on fact and not (what looks like) shoddy internet research. This is a story that needs to be told.

I recently went to tulum.. I fell in love with the reasons that you mentioned But I noticed a lot of construction

(As a Canadian) it wasn't cheap to buy groceries at the stores in Tulum, I can only imagine how hard it is for the locals to feed their families. Hopefully the locals don't pay the same prices.

Wow, so sad.  I was in Tulum and Playa del  Carmen in the early  90's, and it was nothing like this.  I'm glad I got to see it while it was still nice.  Humans have to destroy everything

As humans we need to get our shit together.

People fuck up everything

I hope AMLO does something about these issues, Tourist need to Respect Mother Nature, Mexico needs to Preserve Tulums Jungle. Viva Mexico

Best camera footage in the planet!! I wonder who the cinematographer was???

this bitch is a fear monger. Most people care deeply about the environment. the bad people are contractors and government.

Pink floyd?,pensé,"the dark side of the moon".

Great documentary! Hope Playa and Tolum get back on the good environmental track!

Amazing documentary! Thank you for opening our eyes...

So...When Heather moved there she didn't think that her presence there would affect the system...BUT EVERYONE ELSE'S WOULD!! Fucking entitled pricks. You know, the only way that you can make a living in Tulum is in the service industry...servicing those tourists that go to enjoy the place for a few days at a time. Fuck your documentary and your condescending. And fuck Heather too!

Nothing but love and light to you! May you find peace within your hatred.

Everywhere the white man goes, he brings misery All throughout history—look it up Everything them bald heads touch, they fuck it up Every government he set up, to be corrupt... Dead Prez

sunrise not popular . sunset more popular and attract more tourist.

Tulum is a gateway to Satanic Demons they worshiped. Bible says they are cursed for this.

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Knead Thank you for your feedback, Knead! All of your points are accurate and well thought out. However, this was the best we could do with the resources we had. Tulum could not wait another season for this movie to be released. You say it is juvenile - maybe. But please take note of the hard work that was put into this project and the intentions behind it. We did leave a lot of information out, simply due to time. We knew we had to make it short and to the point (as you see by some of the comments that say your comment is too long - people simply want information as fast as possible). The idea of this was to get people’s attention, and so far it is working! And just so you know, the director of this film studied the environment and has a masters in journalism. Best of luck to you!

+Boxing Bro This isn't long at all. People need to have more than a meme's worth of an attention span to WANT to be able to fix an issue as deep as this one. Knead makes some very good points.

Knead I couldn’t agree more,sadly

Your truth is clear for eyes that see.

Be more concise very few people want to read 8 long paragraphs in a YouTube comment

There would be nothing sad about that final outcome

PSS You were right on the 65 million years ago

PS Greedy developers are destroying many arts of Mexico ie San Miguel Allende +The Dark Side of Tulum

Please supply the date regarding your statements.

Hi Stefano, thanks for the comment. Yes, the makers of this film do have relations to Synpet. In fact, one of our energy advisors is currently implementing this technology in Mexico City. No, Synpet did not give any money to fund this film - it as completely by choice of the director as it was necessary to tell the truth about solar and offer an alternative solution. Plus, we have heavily researched TCP and decided it is something that should be advertised and known about. We disagree that the documentary is 'polluted' by not disclosing we have relations with Synpet, but we understand your concerns.

+Ryan Shannon agree when goback to your europe where u belong and pay back lands to original owners in americ@ ,, the indians wich most population were devastated, the inmigrants are ppl from europe came to america continent

Agreed. Take all your people out of our Western countries then. We don't need the 70% of immigrant Latinos who are on welfare in the US.

LOL how about Mexican stay in their own countries too then?

All these comments by Mexicans that Americans are destroying the environment here in Mexico...lol! Mexicans destroy their environment way more than Americans do in the US. I know...I live here in CDMX and been all through Mexico. Get real.

+stefano giovannini Hi Stefano, thanks for the comment. There are plenty of scientists (outside of Synpet) that agree it is a great solution. And we have spoken to many of them. It was evaluated by the EPA ! Yes, the makers of this film do have relations to Synpet. In fact, one of our energy advisors is currently implementing this technology in Mexico City. No, Synpet did not give any money to fund this film - it as completely by choice of the director as it was necessary to tell the truth about solar and offer an alternative solution. Plus, we have heavily researched TCP and decided it is something that should be advertised and known about.

This advanced Mayan culture you speak of was committing human sacrifices on a regular basis.

Just because they made sacrifices at one point in time doesn't meant that they have always done that... The Mayan Empire lasted around 3000 years. Even Egypt was corrupt at some points in its history.

Says a white colonizer barbarian. Stfu.

+Mochix, I love it when you greasy mestizo trash call us "dirty yankis," considering the squalor you live in. The nice parts of Mexico (made nice by tourist money) are wasted on you. By the way, you really need to do more reading. Imperialist scums? Hahahahahaha!

+Fred Pearson The compradors will be dealt with, as they are agents for you imperialist scums. Force is not a tactic that is used as much as you dirty yankis did in the 20th century, although Iraq, Libya, etc are still examples of how blood thirsty you fuckers are. But, through sanctions, the world bank, IMF, and proxy agents you guys are able to make countries your lapdogs. "Save your stupid imperialism" the fact that your analysis leaves Imperialism out of the problem is enough for me.

Nice try, but maybe you should take your own advice and learn about the role of Mexican land development and Real Estate business interests. Foreigners aren't stealing or taking your land by force--it's being sold to them by Mexicans. And save your stupid imperialism comments for your idiot Marxist friends.

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Guys, thank you very much for making and sharing this film with us. I was in Tulum a year ago and it was quite shocking and hard to watch now, how we (tourists) are unwittingly taking part in the destruction of this paradise. I'm going to share this film and tell about it to all my friends. Sadly there many similar places in the world destroyed by uncontrolled tourism and unplanned devolopment. I hope things can still be revised and Tulum can remain unique and beautiful tourist place, wisely coexisting with surrounding nature. Best, Max :)

It is sad seening and knowing it. But people must been allowed to expand cities in Quintana Roo. And the whole area must be protected all cost.

In the USA we're corrupted too.. Pay an approximate 40% bribe, or get thrown in a cage.

A bunch of priviledged progressive white hipster culture has evaded that beautiful land. And turned it into some kind of socially elite Utopian paradise Hot spot. .-Thats the dark side..

Duterte shut down Boracay and rehabilitate it. look at Boracay beach now! Shut Tulum now!

So sad humans are destroying our beautiful earth. Smh

Nasty americans . Dont come to my country....get the fuck out of here!!!!!!

We spent a week in Yucatan. It's a beautiful place.

Estoy totalmente convencido de que a México le hace falta un dictador implacable y sanguinario como los peores de la historia para terminar con la corrupción y el crimen. Con una dictadura así crearas una sociedad aterrorizada de quebrantar las leyes porque las consecuencias serían muy fuertes. Necesitamos ser como Indonesia donde se castigue con la pena de muerte a los narcotraficantes, consumidores de drogas ilegales, violadores, asesino, y políticos corruptos. Necesitamos ser como Arabia Saudíta donde se le cortan las manos a los corruptos y ladrones. ME CAGO EN LA PUTA OSTIA!! NECESITAMOS A KIM JONG-UN!!!!! TE JURO QUE 50 AÑOS SEREMOS PRIMER MUNDO SI NOS DESHACEMOS DE LA CORRUPCIÓN Y EL CRIMEN

besides the NASA space propaganda-great video subscribed!

Poverty, lack of education and values are the root of all problems in Mexico. As a Mexican I have given up on my country a long time ago. We are destined to be a third world shit hole forever. This country has no solution.

Tech house ruins every holiday

I really liked this. :D

You as a Tourist have a Moral Obligation to protect the World, it's up to ALL OF US to solve the Problems

dude, this is so sad

I am glad this video has been published, but it fails in reporting. The director works for Snypet, the company she claims can solve the problem by turning plastic waste into energy. Maybe it is a possibility, but makes claims that are passed as reporting. I have a problem with that. The problem is real, so better to have this video than not, but the approach is somehow deceptive.

Where'd you hear this from? I'd like to hear more about what they worshiped.

And you my friend, understand exactly how Mexico works. Not only in Tulum, but the whole country. Your comment applies to Las Muertas de Juarez, Los 43 estudiantes in Ayotzinapa, every single Mexican that goes missing and never found, etc. Our government is so rotten to the core that all they care about is filling their own pockets and mean while, que se chingue el pueblo.

I couldn’t agree more. I have said it before and I’ll said it again Mexico needs to have a fucking atomic bomb dropped on it. There is no way to undo this damage other than to start all over.

+The Dark Side of Tulum I absolutely applaud your intention. That is critical, and I believe you have the love of the place and its path forward in your heart.

+Boxing Bro yes I agree. I am in NYC, and if I go to Long Island there are only a few beaches accessible to the public. Most of them not accessible by public transportation. Parking can be only for local residents or quite expensive, apart from some parks. I thought in Mexico law requires public access every 300 meters, but i am not sure. I know sand close to water line is public. In Europe the public has more rights and access. I met people in MX who fought to keep public access in Akumal.

+stefano giovannini Most states in the United States ensure that beaches are public. Try getting on to the beach in Cancun Hotel Zone they have security you have to go to a public access location

+The Dark Side of Tulum I did not make the accusation, if you read my comment I wrote someone else wrote in the comments below, it was in Spanish. It is from 2 days ago - I believe Jan 13, by Rustin Cohle. I did not make a false statement, just mentioned something controversial that Rustin Cohle mentioned. You can scroll down. My comment was not intended to be an accusation, nor I think it sounds like that. I appreciate the video, my qualm, that could be defined as an accusation is the undisclosed relationship with a private company and some claims passed as reporting. Anyway I do appreciate the video, it is visually beautiful and raises issues. But I have reservations with the reporting methods. Also plastic pollution is rampant in nearby villages where there are no tourists.

+stefano giovannini Well now you are just making false statements. The owner of the hotel was not thanked. But thanks for making that accusation.

Good comment, but tourists themselves have individual responsibility. If they have parties fueled with a ton of drugs at hotels on the beach (as someone commented, the owner of one of such places, that also built too much permanent structure on the beach is thanked in the video) that will bring drug dealing and the cartels. Also if most of owners of businesses on the beach are foreigners who pay 8 dollars a day their staff and send most of the profits out of Mexico, that is a problem. There are aspects of Mexico that are better than the USA, like public access to the coastline, public spaces in towns, cheaper public transportation etc.

+stefano giovannini Well considering the documentary is 30 minutes long and Synpet is discussed for just 1 of those minutes, as a viable and real solution, we hardly think it problematic. What we think is problematic is hotels advertising themselves as sustainable, when it is far from the truth. That is problematic. Sometimes you have to break the rules in order to see real change and that's what we did - we broke the rules and stepped outside of what a 'real' or 'proper' documentary should be. We are fully aware of the relationship with Sypent and the 'controversy' it might cause. But we did it anyway because it is the right thing to do. And that's what this film's purpose is - to create alarm around a very real problem and hopefully inspire change.

+The Dark Side of Tulum The director could have disclosed her relationship with SNYPET at the end during the interview. It may be a good promising technology, but since this is advertised as a documentary, claims should not be passed as reporting. It would have been better to provide interviews with scientists who may support or criticize the new technology. After all solar panels and recycling plastic, as stated in the documentary, have their own problems even if they have been seen as a solution. Snypet looks like a private company and also there are similar or different solutions to the problem that are not mentioned. I appreciate bringing up the problem and creating a visual product for that, but these issues are problematic as they turn reporting and documentary into an infomercial.

+Ryan Shannon all Latin America is in the Western Hemisphere, so they are western nations... but we get your point.

Y el gobierno que dice??

This makes me really look at tourism in a perspective that is important. I live in Belize south of tulum in the Yucatan peninsula and recently tourist arrivals have been growing. Belize was practically really unknown and it's starting to become a destination and if the tourists number continue to grow and if the government doesn't address things that need to be done such as infrastructure and sustainability then it'll be a problem. It really has made me aware and makes me want to involve myself in making Belize a tourist destination that is healthy and not harmful for the environment

All we do is eat, shit, and destroy everything.

Its sad that we don't give a shit about our environment its all about money money money so messed up

I'm visiting Mexico now (Baja, not Quintana Roo) and it makes me cringe how everything goes in the garbage. I thought Mexico was developed enough to have some sort of recycling system in place. And how can a reasonable human being drop garbage in the street? Doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, there is no reason to litter. You've got no recycling, at least put your trash in the bin!

Is there any way we can help to finance this organization?

How can we help?

Lo mejor es que no se puede cambiar lo que la naturaleza dicta. Bendita alga marina.

Que flojera.

WOW, como me rompe el corazon saber que la humanidad solo busca su placer, no entendiendo que todos estamos conectados en us solo ecosistema. Despierten!!!! Gracias, por traer la luz a la oscuridad. Shalom!

Hola a todo, muy bonito e interesante este documental, pero muchos tienen razón, todos tienen parte de la culpa, de acabar con lo bonito de la naturaleza, no solo en mexico, eso se ve en todo el mundo, y esta bien colaborar con nuestro granito de arena, pero por esos granitos de arena es que los corruptos delincuentes dueños de los grandes hoteles, no hacen nada, por mantener bien el ecosistema, ellos saben que todos los que aportan un granito de arena y recogen la basura gratis, le están ahorrando trabajo y plata y así sigue tranquilo delinquiendo contra el ecosistema.

If there was a god, this wouldn't be happening.

+Gerek Jordan They worshiped fallen angels(gods)! but they already lost to the Most High.

What a nice response. The world needs more people like you :)

+frijolito And your fuckin Spanish. Whats your fuckin point

Awesome Job! Very Professional, Informative and at the same time you kept it Captivating. Please don’t let a small handful of the 400 comments (out of 135,000 views)making negative or thread highjacking statements trying to derail the conversation dull your shine, optimism or hope. You have a lot to be proud of for your concern and hard work... at a minimum you sparked a conversation and it’s clear you’re not naïve to the insurmountable odds of success due to the corruption and amount of money involved, but maybe, just maybe, you planted a seed to a movement in that region. Either way it’s a commendable investment of your time.

people are kind of too tired too care about the dramatic eco side of it. Mexico has too many problems to care about it. I'm not saying it isn't important. I'm in a "similar country", Brazil, I couldn't care less about the Amazon when people in my city kill other people because of 2 dollars.

Yo vivi en Tulum y el gobierno solo roba y roba y hay demasiada ambicion de dinero y poco interes por el ecosistema. la gente del pueblo mas la extrangera. han luchado por preservar y se les ignora o niega.

Let's find solutions, I dont know to deal with all the different issues yet, but lets start the conversations, and this documentary is a great way to start the process. This documentary is like planting seeds and if we keep watering this seed, it will grow into plant and eventually a large forest or jungle -- we need to start somewhere :) for the waste / plastics / no infrastructure for recycling problem of tulum --- we could look at a facility that converts waste into energy & gas (0 harmful emissions) , what other potential solutions do you see for the locals, sewage, corruption, influx of ravers, the consuming human comign to sensitive ecosystems, environmental issues, over development, mangroves being cut down

Ridiculous claims, american documentaries are all the same just fanatical statements and zero action.

ric234100 Yea,after US make war in the world.

Sonia Ahmed Tu estas estupida,México era dueño de las tierras del centro america y parte de usa,investiga antes de escribir tonterías.

"It is STRUCTURAL, deeply, deeply rooted in the history of Latin America..." So many examples throughout history that lead to current corruption in this region. Research United Fruit Company & all the corrupt leaders & dictatorships they put into power throughout Latin America. (Also Chiquita, and Dole Foods.) All US based companies meddling in Latin America. Though not always a scholarly source, they got this article right: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Fruit_Company

Excelente..solo para mexicanos. Así que no vengan escoria africana ni mujeres ni hombres mucho menos su mal parida genética negra..africanos fuera de México ni los deseamos de turistas.

Jeronimo Arjona Esteban Quien hace turismo en cancun(canadian and US this documental is for turist)

Get a better narrator voice

the maya are still alive today and live through out the yucatan peninsula, just because they dont live in straw huts anymore and make sacrifices doesnt mean they just up and left i find your ignorance disgusting

Everytime I watch one of these documentaries, I tend see a common factor; #GREED (Direct & Indirect, knowingly and not necessarily thinking about...smh...

Ahhhh. The great Quintana Roo. Where Americans go and say "Yeah! I've been to Mexico!" Cancun and Tulum is more Americanized than Corpus Christi. Try going to Guadalajara or Mexico City or Queretaro. But noooo, they too scared. Even though nothing happens in Mexico to innocents, unless you live in Michoacan.

it's an easy problem to solve. Get rid of corrupt politicians. Elect a responsible government and pass environmental laws.

complains as she lives there in a modern home. hmm.

I can’t believe they just have this dumpster there!!!!! They should recycle all that garbage!!!! No one does shit or gives a shit!! Stop saying u do bc if u really did this shit wouldn’t be continuing? Lack of knowldege and ignorance is not an excuse!! Even the judge will tell you that.

Thank you for your kind and inspiring words

frijolito lol ! do you not know where you came from ? now that is funny.

+Viva Vivea I do love Mexico very much. I take home All my plastic garbage. No shit.

+Viva Vivea Spain came to South America and did the same thing.

Just Venting u must love spanish so much that you’re in this page having to do with a hispanic country and hispanic speaking ppl!

Ryan Shannon you are too funny!!! Have you even googled the stats that Whites are the #1 recipients of welfare!!!! Oh and the land USA was stolen by the real owners real Native Americans by the Whites of Europe who didn’t even like their own cold, boring lands. Oh they sure loved the hot! That’s why they did mass genocide that’s not even written in history books. Bc it’s his-story. Bunch of white racists, liars, assassins, corrupts should of stayed in Europe....still causing damage til this day with the fucking ignorance and unfortunately maaking innocent ppl slaves til this day!!!!!

The real duality is the relationship between hippies and yuppies. Without anti development hippies you cant get the most expensive places.

The dark side of tulum is the cheap fuckn tourist coming to trash it and wanting to pay minimum for their stay. GTFO and don’t come back.

Some of these beaches closed down due to government intervention. Wherein more policies will be inplaced and having a spring cleaning if you will.

Humans are really disgusting.. sorry

Was a good documentary until you got to the solar panel part which was completely wrong. Solar panels may contain those elements which are harmful to the environment when mined, but solar panels are able to work for 80+ years, rarely ever do they deteriorate for no reason. The amount of electricity they generate in their lifetime is far superior to any coal or hydro power plant. They save the environment far more than they harm it. Stop spreading misinformation.

I don't get those people who thumb down on this important videos?

Sponsored by SYNPET

Wow all in the name of a dollar we as humans have to respect nature an American need to know life is short dont party so much.

Thank you

Damn the narrators voice was so boring and monotoned

Looks like its a local government corruption issue.

Ah, vapid gringos complaining about Mexico, how unusual. I lived in a town on the Pacific coast of Mexico for about 5 months and the worst thing in the fucking world was retired Americans, mostly all drunks by noon, running around telling everyone how much they love the town and then telling all the locals all the things they have to change and 'can't do that anymore!'. Non-stop bitching, I had to find a town up in the mountains as far from any gringo-infected town as possible. Hate to say it but the vast majority of Americans who retired to Mexico are some of the biggest assholes in the world. They move to their little gated communities and sit around drinking all day complaining about the locals. San Miguel Allende has been absolutely destroyed by Americans, Canadians and Europeons and so have so many other places it's pathetic. 45 years ago Cabo was a small fishing town, now it's like some shit hole American city has been dropped on top, with Denny's and Hard Rock and all the 'tourists' come down and sit around with other Gringos, get drunk, stay at chain hotels like the Holiday Inn.. fucking pathetic, it's like Spring Break for 50 year olds. Oh well.

Nilesh Nath so risking other people’s lives in third world countries is a good alternative to fossil fuel? We never said one was better than the other, simply pointing out that solar panels have their dark side (the cost of human lives and water resources). And just as all lithium batters they cannot be recycled. And please, solar panels do not last 80 years. Maybe some of the high quality ones, but unfortunately most are not high quality. There is ONE company certified as sustainable solar panels in the entire world. And that is called SunPower. Just one company out of thousands.

Narrator sounds like she's wearing a snorkel mask...seriously, though, humans are a cancer to the earth and always have been. Only way to halt that destruction? Bye bye humans

The worst part of this area and the greater Caribbean is huge amount arrogant Americans that go there.

If the Mexican people had any morals or values they would overturn their government with a rebellion but they seem not to care.

It's like so many beautiful places in the world, too many visitors to handle.

This is just a commercial for someone else who wants your money.

Very well done film. Here's another victim of social media.

It almost feels as though humans have no concept of balance. Tulum is becoming the hub of electronic music festivals and it has changed so much, and I'm afraid, not for the better. I myself love the music, but sadly even though some djs and promoters are trying to preserve the sacred land, their events are impacting the precious surroundings and all for the love of fame and money; it's disheartening.

Very interresting, nicely done

They need to put up a wall to keep Americans out. "They take paradise and put up a parking lot."

Excellent documentary! Congratulations to this amazing people who wants to make a huge difference to Tulum and to the Planet!

We ? , bitch go back to your cave.

I want to participate in the efforts to clean up Tulum... How do I connect with others doing the work?

worst ever narrator. terrible

Good documentary thanks for the info, especially loved the history part

They don't understand the nature of the ecosystems. The love of money is the root of all evil. Now we know why the other civilizations colapse.

"How have things become so bad?" Any land Americans and Europeans migrate to DIES. Fucking dirt bags.

+Andres Blea yea but we can do more

we do give a shit and are making a difference

Back in the day the Tulum Mayan site was accessed via a small gate and little concrete shack. The coast line was undeveloped with pristine beaches reached via single lane roads. The first time I visited Tulum I had the beach all to myself. The last time , in 1993, there was a large parking lot, new visitor's center and retail shops, many large tour buses from Cancun, and around 100 tourists on the beach. Now it is 100 times worse. So sad.

Mexico used to be a fun place to visit. Used to go a couple times a year. No more

Whenever you hear some sob story coming from shithole country, the first thing you should do is enter the shithole country name with the qualifier "corruption" into the search engine of your choice. All will be revealed. You can't have nice things without the *rule of law* ! Mexico needs a regime change

So true

Powerful! Thank you!

More liberal bs.... It’s the Hispanic politicians are to blame as far as waste management, not Americans. I like how these liberal producers attempt a dig at whites people by quoting, “we had mathematics, science while Europe was in the dark ages.” Leading the observer to think whites people are less intelligent, or less enlightened. Neglecting the fact that Europe (Romana and Greek culture) we’re far ahead of what would become Latin Americas. when it comes to the math and sciences.

You explained this energy source so poorly in my opinion. Really, didn't even seem like you understood it at all either.

Israel Olide lol puro Zamora!

Yes,then a video of how to leave usa when waking wars in his step

Lol that’s true tho and I’m Mexican American. That’s all West coast too.

Thank you for this informative documentary. I am currently visiting Tulum, and can feel these issues around me. It seems like a place that has grown too fast, and I feel late to the party. I think I won't come back, because for now, just by being here, I'm a part of the problem.

White kid colonization Bueno ya se sabe cómo funciona la corrupción

Are we not supposed to hear the narration?

It is corrupt everywhere seeing in Canada it is every where and yes some suffer more then others we have to stop it

I'm over in Tulum now, and there seem to be recycle and compost bins all over. But when I look inside them, everybody is just throwing bags of anything in each one. I'd assume it is all going to that huge trash pile we see in the video. I think it is just a facade of recycling.

TheHiddenTruth YouFear, or they are actually doing something to help the environment..? You say “progressive” as if it’s a bad word, when in actuality it’s just the opposite.

Thank u for this report.

The government and the elected should lead the protection of tulum.

hermoso video me lleno la oonciencia pero en mexico tristemente hay mexicanos

Everyone talks about pollution... But nobody talks about the real pollution... Population pollution... If you can reduce the uncontrolled birthrate you could solve most of the world's problems. Nobody wants to talk about it but everybody sees the problems.. Reduce the birthrate save the planet.

I was there in december i love it!

The problem for all the environmental devastation we cause is over consumption and overpopulation. We have to stop reproducing and become minimalists.

I really enjoyed your film. Corruption is the biggest issue and hopefully this new President can stand up to corporations and implement a better waste and water treatment system. I am afraid that when I was in Tulum I noticed that the locals have a lack of compassion and understanding of their Environment. There was garbage everywhere on the side of the streets. Plastic bottles, washed up boats on the beach, old plastic remains washing up on the beach, I constantly had the urge to grab a bin and start cleaning. But it’s literally never ending. Garbage everywhere! I know this could be largely because of the lack of government influence and involvement in properly disposing this trash. But everyone both tourists and locals need to be cleaner!

world population growth needs to stop or goodbye ecosystems as we know them.

I'm moving here soon to build a meth lab and get some bitches working trade ..fuck these holier than though fucks

Actually, recycling has many problems. Even a lot of very educated people (which are the best hope) don't know or don't care about trash separation. I work for high income people in Los Angeles and practically no one really cares about learning how to separate correctly their waste. They just mix everything. Also, it is very complicated because in every area the recyclable materials they accept are different, depending on the separation plant, and many products are made with mixed materials. Besides, China stopped receiving last year all of our recyclable waste and now we don't know what to do with all of it. It just keeps piling up or is being dumped in the landfills.

Like Mexicans care, they make a lot more selling us drugs.

What a waste of time. This documentary could be said in any resort in America. Rachael Appel needs direction that is more important and useful!

The reason for all the environmental devastation we cause is over consumption and overpopulation. We have to stop reproducing and become minimalists.

Japan's sterilizing trannies, it's a start.☺

I love Mexico and Mexican culture. However, I'm not quite sure why you made a comparison between the Mayan era and the European Middle or 'Dark' Ages. The Middle Ages had a number of advancements just to name a few: http://www.medievalists.net/2014/08/ten-medieval-inventions-changed-world/

Comparto ya! Me he emocionado... gran documental!

It is so sad. Money is everything. No respect for nature or responsibility for what comes after us

Agree with Gabriel 100 per cent!

Talk about Mexicans going to the states Whites are destroying our country Stop leave don’t go there anymore If you really want to help Tulum Dont go please so those who are there For profit leave too.

Hey at least it ain't India where a bloke will shit in the river and a second later a religious nut will drink that brown water!!!!!

... nothing new here. Am in Hawaii and it's been happening for a long time. Seems people won't learn until Mother Earth devours the beings consuming her?

FK your collective. MORONS.

Now, mexico is free of corruption, a big change.

Playa del Carmen the ocean is just horrible. The seaweed was disgusting. I feel bad because I know it was so beautiful at one time. The smell was so bad that I didn’t even want to swim in that water. I love Mexico and I would go back to Tulum to swim in the Cenotes. It was a awesome time

I was there in August 2018 and the water was far from clear. I think Tulum was very beautiful but people need to leave it alone.

Annoying background music

You fucking white demons have no land at all god gave you caves to live in. Your the only nation who hates and can’t live next to anyone. Look at everywhere the cave beast filthy animals goes the land the ocean dies, just like these mother fuckers are dying more then you devils are reproducing. God hates you fucking devil that’s why he made you with no skin color

Glad you are not into generalizations. Have you done a political test on the “elites” in Tulsa. Is not Trump elite?

Cuento parte del siguiente problema siguiendo la dinámica de Cancún, Cozumel, isla mujeres, playa del Carmen, Tulum y el próximo: holbox. Yo no soy nativo de holbox, ni siquiera mexicano, llegué hace 4 años a la isla, cuando aún era un lugar muy especial (parecido a lo que fue playa o Tulum segun testimonios de gente que los conoció hace años) pues en cosa de 4 años he ido viendo como todo se está destrozando, se está creciendo descontroladamente, sin ningún orden ni leyes ambientales, la isla entera se está vendiendo por lotes y se está cortando mangle sin ningún pudor, todo el mundo está construyendo donde sea sin importar si el acceso se inunda o si el área está preparada, no hay sistema alguno para las aguas negras ni para el control de la basura. Se está destrozando literalmente una isla que era virgen y no solo no va a parar sino que cada vez va a más, nada importa, solo la avaricia del dinero. Quieren ampliar su documental? Les invito a que investiguen un poco lo que está pasando en holbox, está todo mal y lo peor de todo esquema no se va a frenar, de aquí se pasará a sisal, al cuyo, Solferino, chiquilá... Se crece sin ningún control o plan urbanístico o tratado de residuos. Se crece mal, y esto va a destruir y envenenar toda la península. Es realmente triste lo que la codicia está haciendo

A worker in Tulum told me about the shitty wages the natives get. Why are workers in these hotels not even making $5-$10 a day? Can someone make a documentary on the exploitation of the people and what can we do to help them get decent wages.

This lady does deserve an Aztec eagle

We need to SAVE OUR PLANET NUESTRO PLANETA. I CHOOSE TO SAVE!! ..

Whoever approved the narrator should be black-listed from ever producing a documentary again. 2 minutes in and I was ready to pull my hair out. It sounds like she's reading. Obviously not a professional voice actor. Do yourselves a favor next time and hire a professional.

So sad we are killing our Beaches we need to Spread the word to Find a solution

As a tourist coming to visit this beautiful area in a few months, I would like to support the local businesses that are working towards improvement. How would I go about finding out which businesses to patronize and which to avoid?

It looks like RA and his disciples are back in Tulum... #DayZerofestival ........... Did Egypt run out of #Magick? LOL

Tourism and not well planed growth (because of the greed and corruption of the goberment) ruined beatiful places first it was Acapulco then Cancun now Playa del Carmen and is moving fast to Tulum, it is sad i lived 22 years in the Riviera Maya, ive watch an overwellming growth, a growth this fast is not natural and everything is damaged, its really sad , i will always love this beaches where i grew.

Never go there. That's how you and everyone can help.

Dear Rachel, this information you compiled really describes perfectly whats happening because over development in the tourism sector mainly. I live south in Belize, sharing the same coastline with yucatan and I am already scared thinking this could happen here. Fortunately, because it seems we had more strict regulations practiced, for example a floating resort was denied permits to build near our blue hole atoll. However cruise ships are not helping as coral is also dying. The problem stems with Quintan Roo's government and their lack of vision for sustainable development, often selling permits and jumping into endorsments for personal gain. Thats where the corruption begins. Playa is now a disney for shopping and dining and the beach is eroding. I hope someone in the local government takes a closer look because in the end its not about profiteering, but safeguarding the environment which is vital to everyone. Dont want to think what could happen in a decade if its not adressed. I know tulum since the 80s and it would be a shame to see it deteriorate! Great work !

Hello there! I saw the film, and as a Mexican, I didnt realize the size of the problem. I speak as someone who are trying to move from Mexico City to Yucatan (not Tulum) in some years with my family, but always in a responsible way. I would love to contribute to solve the problem, so I ask you as experts of this issues, where can I find more information about the techologies or solutions mentioned in the film and already in use in the region? Do you know if Sypnet and HRM Mexico are already active in Yucatan? What would you recommend to people who want to move to those places to make sure that the development where they will live is making good use of the waste? Where can I find more information about responsible construction companies? Is there any certification or institution to regulate that? Thank you so much for your orientation and congrats for making us aware of the problem. Best!

its filthy, deceiving and just a matter of time until it becomes a sewer pit

Qué frustrante es ver como se acabaron Cancún y se están acabando Playa (Yo vivo ahí) y así seguirán hasta llegar a Boca Paila y SIan Ka'an y a pesar de que es Patrimonio de la Humanidad no tardará la deforestación, por que la gente del gobierno corrupta que por aceptar su mochada dan permisos para construir deliberadamente, destruyendo flora y fauna endémica, privatizando playas, cenotes y otras maravillas naturales. No hay un control en la frontera Sur, dejan pasar a cualquiera sin papeles, asentándose en Playa debido a la situación en sus países y aunado a la falta de empleo en los Estados del Sur (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco) que obliga a su gente a emigrar llegando aquí, aumentando la delicuencia y que por falta de educación son personas sucias (La colosio, la guadalupana, Villas del Sol...) La sobre población es un problema mundial por lo que la cantidad de basura que se genera va en aumento... una solución... el control de natalidad. Felicidades muy buen documental!!

What is the name of the piano riff that’s used during this piece? Really makes you connect to the content

I suggest this documental should be released I Spanish also, we as Mexicans must know and understand in order to take action too.

Excellent docuemental, I was living near, in the city of Cancun, and, well we all have a lot more problems because of unplanned and irresponsible growth of the cities, what our cities need is also punishment to the both sides of corruption, but also hard work and incentives to good environmental and urban practices, we need for high talented and ethical architects, urbanist, politicians, additional of developing a different culture, one more sustainable, with social inclusion. This is my opinion. We have big problems that I list in 1) bad culture, 2) corruption (both sides, also as part of our culture), 3) no professional and planned urban development 4) narco and drugs, 5) up to date laws that support all this. What I try to say is to focus in all of the sources of this devastation, not only some of them, because this is growing fast and furious, not waiting for us to take some correct actions.

American “journalists” always making negative videos of Mexico and Latin America. Idiots!

The problem is all the visitor tulum belong to the Mexicans to the locals

Too many Americans are moving to Mexico. Mexico should make it really hard for Americans to live in Mexico just like Canada. If you can't offer any value to the country you shouldn't be allowed to live there.I've lived in Mexico and in the US and Americans are filthy people not all but most are. They do not respect their own evniorment you think they gonna respect someone else's?.

Wow, what a disaster! Please read Knead's post just below me. When I stumbled upon this I had never heard of Tulum. I thought it was somewhere in the far east. My bad, because I own two properties in Mexico, Cabo San Lucas. When I watched the first few minutes, I was blown away by the beauty and thought I must go there and see this wonderful place. Then as it went on I was shocked, I know there is nothing that I can do about it, but I've decided not to go there. So sad, our children and their children will be left with shit. I love the Mexican people and will retire there someday. Hope they can fix this issue of corruption.

the usa is a great country because we follow laws . if we settled there it would be a great place . keep your criminal greedy asses away from us .

I think what most people don’t realize that after we are gone nature will go on without us

$ 400 PER NIGHT ( @ LEAST !! ) . NO ELECTRICITY ( GENERATOR ALL DAY LONG ) DRINKING WATER TRUCKED EVERY DAY , LITLE RUNNING WATER , COULD NOT FLUSH TOILET OR TAKE A SHOWER , No road to walk & it takes an HOUR TO DRIVE 8 MILES from THE HOTEL STRIP to town of Tulum....HORRIFIC !!! None the less , I had left in Tulum OVER $ 6000 OF MY OWN HARD EARNED MONEY ..& ... LEAVE the '' PARADISE'' SINCE THE CONDITIONS WERE SO BAD .....A vacation from hell .... NEVER EVER GOING BACK .....

Global Warming is a tool used to steer the world towards nuclear power. Get your facts from sources other than major media outlets and don't believe anything you here. Your level of politically correctness is nauseating. You contributed to the ruin of Tulum by visiting it for this production.

as a german engineer i call your bullshit. global warming is a fact. as u can see in ALL statistics and by the amount of ice reduction

You need President Duterte of the Philippines to clean up the waters and beaches in this country.

The more people, the more shit...

60% from AC? Sounds like stupid people ruining their business when a easy cheap solution exist.Have they never heard of geothermal heating and cooling? AKA Earth tubes.

Thank You for explaining the dark side of solar panels. Solar panels are best for remote locations with small power demand. Solar farms are bad for the planet, long term or short term. stop solar farm now

basically human growth number means increasingly environmental devastation.... and this happens everywhere

Like anything wonderful here come the White people and their money. The fuckin wealthy white Americans. That only want white people around.

lol, was this a high school project?

Obviously true...let’s fix it...just won’t happen!

Lotta new age fake neoliberal global fascist crap about global warming-carbon tax etc. mixed in with the undeniable reality of shit for brains negligence suffocating. Planet earth with industrial polution for profit of plutocrats. Who really needs cars when buses are fine for the 99% and car rentals can be subsidized for special use like u-haul? Before the plutocrats built superhighways there were passenger trains (nacionales de mexico) which were cheaper and cleaner than gazillions of cars. The whole corporate state model. is pure oppression. We flee to tulum then the corporate state developers 'pave paradise and put up a parking lot.' Even native. people are forced into humiliating jobs in tourist 'cultural centers' from thailand to hawaii to mexico.' to put on a show for gringo and mexican tourists. Well, mexico. is still more human than usa. which is totally degenerate not to mention red china which is the. greatest indictment of the corporate state elite. Dare i say that the right fascist pinochet was the devil you know and the left fascist maduro is the devil in socialist drag? Let the thugs fight. It out. usa and russia hands off. venezuela jodido, but in general. both left and right dictators are. paid by the same mega bankers. fascism is overt exploitation and. socialism is covert exploitation. Tierra y libertad.Land IS liberty. The bankers want ALL the land. and to kill us and use robots. Wake up or die! Viva la vida.

the mayans were exterminated by the spanish when they came to land and destroy the mayan "idols" since for them there were not gods. they imposed the religion of christan or catholic and be the mayans became the slaves of the spanish which lead to crossbreading.. correct me if wrong

UNESCO World Heritage Site? Get rid of UNESCO..another Trojan Horse.

Please indicate witch hotels or homes that are following the right guidelines required to keep tolum safe and beautiful, and you will see how businesses will change and corporate, Thank you for helping in keeping our planet clean and safe.

overpopulation.. meatheads

Well, New York City used to be covered by forest.

The problem is you. Do not go there.

The problem with Tulum is the same as all of mexico. Drug Cartel gangs and the associated violence and corruption. Its too bad because Mexico is such a beautiful country. But my wife and I were married in Tulum in 2015 but will not be returning to Mexico its just too violent!!!!

Emmm I love the Cancun Riviera been spending my money there for over 13 years, as an American tourist, I tip very well and I must have air conditioning. I will complain if I don’t have it, I wouldn’t visit if it wasn’t there.

Good friend of mine died there...prob not related to anything ... I was still mmthink to move there.

Very bad sound edition. The “background” sound is in front of the narration. It is very difficult to hear clearly.

jesus, this is preachy

Thank you for this video. I just recently got back from a cruise and during our trip we went to Tulum on an excursion. It’s is exactly how you describe it, magical and you get a feeling of clarity. I never experienced anything quite like the peace I felt after getting out of the Cenote. I didn’t litter or wear sunscreen, only because that’s my typical behavior anyway. But now I wonder what more I could’ve done. I wish I would’ve seen this video prior to going. To anyone out there who is thinking about visiting Tulum- it’s a majestic place like no other. But please remember to be conscientious about the environment.

I was in Tulum in 2004. I was on a patio having dinner and had a gun pointed at me from a passing car. 20 minutes later I saw the same car being towed by a police tow truck. So I guess they got the guys. Tulum when I was there was dirty and the temple wasn't that great the beach at the temple is small and crowded. Go to Guatemala much better

Sheri Hartshorn Yes, have you been to the One World Observatory (built in the location of the World Trade Center towers)? In the elevator it shows you what NYC looked like 150+ years ago up until now. What an enlightening experience!

Omg, I can’t handle the voice-over. She speaks sooooo slowly.

The technical/engineering problems are easy to fix, but you'll never fix greed.

What locals? You can’t even get Mexican food in Tulum. Tourism is the new slavery. Tulum is a really good example of that

Sounds like a nubiles narrator.....

Wherever humans set foot they will destroy.

Start by example gringa , go home

11:24 funny how people who own property there, now want to stop other people from coming to live in Tulum. The land they have was taken away from nature, how is it different from those constructing? Besides, most of the land in Tulum was stolen and resold by past governors. Several houses in the coastal line are owned by crime lords and politicians. It is indeed the passage to the underwold

good job cutie

pretty solid video otherwise

the EPA does anything BUT protect the environment... they got paid in the 90's to say Teflon is safe, when a chemical from teflon known as C8 is so toxic and now found in 95% of people's blood on earth... also, carbon does not cause the climate to change, weather modification operations do....lastly, the answer to all this, is for us to gain access to the tens of thousands of free energy patents that the department of defense BLACKSHELVES every year..... these technologies can change everything... we need that and spiritual balance,, and to be no longer controlled by the central bankers

she said the mayans built all this while europe was in the dark ages - that is not quite true my dear. the worlds biggest pyramid is in bosnia. and its older than the egyptian pyramids.

The people who made this documentary are the same people who killed Tulum. It's amateur promotional infomercial to absolve the shame and guilt of their hedonistic lifestyle it's not a documentary. It's interviews promoting an idelogical agenda from a bunch of affluent people -- who are generating the problem they're citing. The narrator says it's time to speak the truth in the video -- and they they don't address the elephant in the room. Them. Skydiving, Scuba diving, Eco Touring... giant houses -- all these things that the people who clean their houses can't afford to do. Where are the interviews with the people who LIVE in the trash you create? What do they want? Doesn't matter -- they don't have the money, education, or intelligence -- so their opinion is for naught. If the gringos would leave Tulum, the land would be restored, but they're too heavily invested in the sunken costs (propped up real-estate values) of their utopia -- can't someone else change for them? I guess it will be the Mexicans pushed out to live on the piles of the gringo waste. And for what?

This is exactly what has and continues to happen(ed) in Hawaii. When I was on Maui in 2017 a native Hawaiian woman said that businesses were planning on taking out a native and ancient cemetery to build a P A R K I N G G A R A G E!!

Same problem in Brooklyn, it’s a sardine can. 60 million in a two million population space.

The only way to fix the planet is to wipe out mankind completely.

I am now looking at purchasing land in Tulum and Yucatan areas for development . I have pondered on how I can take my business concepts to the area without disturbing the culture or the existing surrounding ecosystem . What direct organizations can I directly link to to better blend into Tulum rather than to impede on Tulum and create income for the people for the area and also maintaining the culture at the same time .

Canada Hello, thank you for this insightful comment ! We completely agree. The EPA is corrupt and Carbon is not the only cause of global warming (however, it is the ACCEPTED leading cause of global warming). I mean, hello?! What about all of the toxins in the world. They have to be making Mother Earth very very sick. Please keep in mind this documentary is targeted to change the perception of those who believe that a place like Tulum is sustainable. The ones who believe the hype. Exactly how you say the world needs a spiritual awakening. It is merely baby steps to get people looking in the right direction. We can’t bombard people with too much information that is against their normal way of thinking. Otherwise they will dismiss the ideas completely ! Please keep an eye out for what our team does next in the years to come! I don’t think you will be disappointed. All the love !

Canada We said Western Europe, if you were listening closely :) We have no doubt that Bosnia was thriving. It’s an amazing place !

Ryan Sinn We see your point. However, the tactic of this documentary was in fact thought through. Yes, in a perfect world, everyone who settled in Tulum would leave and the land would restore itself. However, this will NEVER happen now that people have tasted it’s worth. The same people who are destroying it need a reason to keep it beautiful, which unfortunately the only driving factor for them is MONEY. So if you speak their language (like we did in the documentary), we might not get them to leave, but at least we will get them to clean up their shit ! I hope you can understand. Please keep fighting your battles! The Earth needs protectors like yourself !

CO2 does NOT create "Global Warming". What a total scam. CO2 is FOOD for all the plants that exist in the world.

We should be proud to say we were the couple of centuries of humans to destroy the planet. Nice work, selfish bastards we are.

+stefano giovannini I was there over 10 years ago. It felt much more rural a lot of dirt roads. I never felt unsafe. I'd say San Pedro in Lake atticlan area was beautiful and a must stop. I'm not up to date about safety ect and driving your own car might make you a target. I did talk to some guys that told me they had to bribe the boarder guys to get their motorcycles into the country. I felt safe and no problem on local buses

+Yoda Pottery Yes, but i was also thinking somewhere for diving. I met a couple in Tulum, they had been many times to MX, and they were going to Chiapas and then Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca by bus and then back. PE seems very different but seems great. I heard Guatemala is a bit more sketchy to travel on your own low budget, but may be hearsay.

+stefano giovannini You could go see Tikal. I think it's much better than Telum

hi where in Guatemala would you suggest? You can PM also.

Yes, I heard that from many. Many hotels restaurants charge US prices, more or less, and they pay the staff as serfs. The last time I was there municipal police was on strike because low wages. I also saw so many security guards outside the boutique hotels, I never seen that before. People are not paid a living wage. They work 13 days then get 2 days off. They basically afford tortillas and beans. If they were paid 15/18 USD a day they could live definitely better

EXACTLY! you can recycle all you want, but how much environmental cost has every new baby? I am sure just single use diapers contain unrecyclable plastic / synthetic fiber. It is not global warming, it is global spreading.

“How can this happen in a place where Leonardo DiCaprio vacations and yogis from around the world hang out?” Lady, you just answered your own question.

It is heartwarming that people care enough to make that change. Tulum is worth it. Do the right thing and not for the Almighty Dollar but for Tulum's sake and all that depend on Tulum and this Planet. I know 'cause my Ancestors saw what can happened when the Almighty Dollar is put 1st over our precious environment and all the species that depend on her. Only if Our Native Tribes had put rules in place prior to the Almighty Dollar. Nature comes 1st!

+Homespun Pottery Yes, but i was also thinking somewhere for diving. I met a couple in Tulum, they had been many times to MX, and they were going to Chiapas and then Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca by bus and then back. PE seems very different but seems great. I heard Guatemala is a bit more sketchy to travel on your own low budget, but may be hearsay.

It's funny how people from US and Europe go the other countries where they have no business to be, and after destroying the wild life and nature on their own countries they go to others countries and say "you can't destroy the wild life and nature, we already destroyed all of it on our countries, we build stupid cities where everyone is unhappy and we need some nice place for holidays" lol amazing

Did not even care to finish this as well done as it is it’s completely devastating to watch I’m sorry Mexico you have so much beauty I almost most made it to Tulum... now after watching this I no longer want to go I’ve been to other beaches on the West Coast of Mexico...I like staying away from the tourist spots..

I was just there. Most people want to sleep all day in the sun and dance the night away, all above their own waste, then fly out on the next plane. It is the new Cancun; so sad.

This video was completely written and edited by a woman named Rachel Appel with "Stock Footage" from "Pond5" and "Shutterstock" with "special thanks" to "White Line Official" and her own family. This video appears to be illegal according to the Mexican law, so I encourage its review and/or removal. The INAH of México may need to be consulted. Rachel and any other authors of this video may go to Centro INAH Quintana Roo. Insurgentes 974, Colonia Forjadores, Chetumal, Quintana Roo. C.P. 77025 for verification.

Actually we legally purchased the footage and says in the credits: "Stock footage courtesy of..." And White Line is our friend's clothing brand whom helped us. And Rachel is thankful to her family! And it is stated that Rachel Appel directed, wrote, and produced. But thanks for the interesting, pointless comment.

what a shame cant believe the coral died

Thanks for the amazing video!

Greed and corruption And everyone driven by the $$$ Bye bye tulum

The earth will expire and reset until the sun burns out with or without humans. Just enjoy life... stop worrying about shit that will never change

Humans ALWAYS ruin the good things that this planet has to offer.

I’ve been to Tulum a few 3 times and in Mexico in genera several more timesl...in playa del Carmen I was standing on the beach where the sewer leached into the ocean right near the transportation terminal...the smell was so disgusting, came on suddenly. It takes a “village”...and you can’t trust any of the businesses because all they want is to be your friend until you buy their China made product. My last trip was 2018. India, Indonesia, Philippines, etc,etc and they all blame it on the US - the pollution deposited around the world despite ever more populous countries to include all of Mexico. It’s all about greed, “the love of money”...I’ve been saying it for years...yeah it’s pretty, but it’s not sustainable. The cruise ship industry is giving back but needs to give back in a big way to infrastructure instead of building port shops which do not benefit the whole of a community.

Click bait 30 minutes of video says the same thing

Beautiful video thanks dziękuję Mariusz danke

yes, I as well was sent here by two wonderful Mexican brothers whom saw my spirit and recommended me to go to Tulum when I was first discovering the Caribbean coast and in cancun. in 1994 was when I was captivated by the magic of Tulum and had to return in 1996 to make it my home for 5 years. there I fell in love and in love with a Mexican man and had a beautiful child.I cry when I go every so often to visit with my friends and son's father. my last visit I heard gun shots a couple streets over from where I was staying with my son thinking people celebrating cinco de mayo when found out that it was the cartel from the pacific to seek territory in the Caribbean. saw pictures the next day in local newspaper.the garbage, poor infrastructure, less mayans and more out of towners living there. no more cabanas being made to live in. concrete barred homes instead. people not as friendly. I knew this was coming and would be something we would talk about back in 1996. I cherished every moment that I spent there. now I let go and am discovering places in mexico that in 30 years will become like Tulum. I love mexico's magic and mysticism and don't quite experience this in other parts of the world. I thank Tulum so much for my spiritual growth and for the most incredible experiences of my life.

Ryan Smith there are subtitles! Just click the CC button on the video player (which it says in the description). Please do your tease arch before commenting. Thank you !

Ryan Smith the information in this video is public domain .....

+The Dark Side of Tulum Si las autoridades federales en México, incluyendo el INAH, autorizaron este vídeo y las palabras dichas, este vídeo probablemente está de acuerdo con las leyes federales. Ustedes también necesitan permiso de la gente allá para publicar este vídeo sobre su tierra sin traducciones en los idiomas que ellos hablan.

Criminals

whats happening in tulum happened in boracay and it will eventually shut down to save and restore it back.

You know all I hear in the video is super sad but is not just happening all that damage just there is all over the world

Listen to yourself. Racist piece of shit. Ranting over the internet like anyone cares about your opinion. Calling people demons , look in the fucking mirror. A broke poor loser

The opulent american lifestyle is responsible for a lot of the shit going on in the world. Remember the ecological footprint?

The stupidest species existent on this earth is mankind.

So so sad

Es una pena como están las playas de plásticos y basura .hasta en la reserva de Sian kan. Esta llena de basura en las playas y lo peor ni se gastan un poco para limpiar o hacer campañas para evitar que las playas se llenen de basura. Esta claro que gran parte del problema es gobal y lo que se tira en Cuba o en puerto rico puede acabar en una playa mexicana pero nunca había visto tanta basura como en las playas de México.

PARASITOS MALDITOS.... EL DINERO ES LA CONDENA DEL HOMBRE UNA FALSA IUSIÓN DE PODER SOBRE LAS COSAS.... NUNCA COMPRENDERAN...ESTE MUNDO NO NOS PERTENECE...

You can fast forward to about 23 minutes to see who paid for this. What’s the solution to environmental doom? Yep, you guessed it, another private energy conglomerate. Neoliberal narrative over what is essentially B-roll. I search for Tulum and two days later this video pops up in my feed. Well played Google. Well played. Keep cashing those checks!

excellent production.

Thanks for sharing, I had no idea about sunscreen damaging side effects on the environment. I hope that we find a way to live more a sustainable lifestyle before is too late. Just an additional note, plant based diets are better for our environment.

A beautifully filmed and narrated video. I was led here by Tulum: An Obituary in NY Magazine (NYMAG.com), which further describes what realtors and developers are doing to Tulum and neighboring areas. Has anyone thought about the weight of all of the construction over the underground river? As to the sunscreens that do not damage the reef, probably ONE in a million people know about that and don't bother to read the labels. Far be it from the manufacturers to modify their products.

Empecemos por los hoteleros todos deben de tener tratamiento de aguas residuales y de basura están tan podridamente ricos y que hacen? Proyectos y más proyectos que matan al manglar. y que ya no se hagan más hoteles ni parques pero mira las consecuencias del zargazo y al rato los turistas van a ser las ratas de tanta basura o a nadar entre la mierda. Que pasará en 10 años si no es que menos. Felicidades por tan buen documental

This documentary was so difficult to watch. The narrator made reference to money and that's what takes control, and as long as the mighty dollar is being pocketed, and no concerns of caring for Mother Earth and the importance of the natural ecosystems, then EARTH will become the WASTE of humankind AND humankind will be a product of disease that they themselves are responsible for. I have been fighting the system for years now... my main focus was on PLASTICS, and I took on Petroleum companies because PLASTICS are a product of petroleum, guess who won, and that was almost 50 years ago. Until the products that cause these disasters, or are contributing to them are controlled, or eliminated, we will continue to destroy not only the earth but humankind too. It takes money to fight money, and I am but a grain of sand ...

This video provides a huge message; however it is not that simple. Corruption and negligence does not help to make any improvements. Most owner's of hotels don't care about the environment. The only reason is to make a profit. The ecosystem will die and ourselves too if we continue in this way. We are destroying the world. This video is projecting just a portion in what actually is happening in Tulum but it is actually taking place in other parts of this world. Everyone of us are taking part on this destruction, starting with factories, ourselves for following recycle, building another unnecessary hotel and destroying natural resources and the ecosystem.

Why does this crapementary exist? The whole of Mexico is one big shithole.

I went to tulum 2 months ago!!! Hmmmmm

common denominator: gringos ruining places! and locals being compliant with their corruption. Same formula all over the planet.

People love moving to great places and ruining everything that made it great to begin with.

Estuve el año pasado y no me gusto nada, ibiza 2 tourist go home

The whole earth has been mind mind to death by companies controlled by Rockefeller Roth child

LOL I never heard so much bullshit in my life all of these areas are what's left over from companies like Rio Tinto mining mind stone and breaking out the foundations of the earth

Thank you for sharing and shedding light. You are incredible. I really Appreciate this documentary and keep up the fantastic work.

This makes me so angry !!!! :( when I visited I thought what a complete paradise.. it’s going to be gone one day.

I lived in Tulum for two years 84 to 86, The area was not populated at all. Corruption ruled. At the time the chief of police was my supplier of marijuana. I then sold on to the tourists. Great business for all. I went back in 89,90 but stayed a short time as it was now too expensive to stay long term. I would not return again as it has been taken over by men in suits making millions off the back of the locals and environment. Tulum has had its day.

Wow this is a beautiful place, now it just needs full time power so I can have air conditioning, light 24hrs a day and a refridgerator. People "find or discover"a place but do not like, much less appreciate the inconveniences that come with that beauty/experience. So they change it and with that change comes the slow destruction of what was exceptional about the place to begin with. I will return to tulum for an inlaws wedding in May, I have not been in 15 yrs but I have no delusions that it will be as I remembered it. This happens all over the world. People want their "conveniences" and comforts. There are very few places that are comparable to what they were 10-20 yrs ago.

brilliant job angel

Where?....oh Another on Of trumps shit hole country?

MANDENSELO ESTO A AMLO, A VER QUE HACE. !!!!

Exellent.

I thank you for the documentary. We all need to save this earth, it's dying, we are killing it, just for money. Money is not happiness amigos. I just hope that one of these days,the ocean don't send the bill and with interest.

The same is happening everywhere.... greed for money is killing our own Planet. The so called "development projects" are only an evil of corruption, selfinish and wrong planning. We don't need casinos, resorts and face eco-tourism! We need mangroves, corals, forests, fauna...

I have been in the Yucatan, its stunning, don't destroy it.

0% of the bad guys are watching this!! Their only focus is on $$ and to move on the the next disaster they create for $$!!

Terrible narration it's like they're talking to a two year old kindergarten class

Qué vergüenza que a estas alturas la única forma de subsistencia en México siga siendo la CORRUPCIÓN, en su faceta más sórdida, más primitiva y sin ningún otro propósito que estarse retacando los bolsillos de “lana”, como si estuvieran muertos de hambre. Y no sólo hablo de MÉXICO: hablo de todas esas transnacionales de porquería a las que este gobierno rinde pleitesía a ultranza. Pobre de nuestro país tan hermoso, en qué pobreza espiritual se ha hundido. Lo que la gente no entiende es que la “lana” rinde en la medida en que se utiliza con algún propósito. De otra manera se pudre entre las manos de los “empresarios” y jamás les alcanza, nunca es suficiente, precisamente porque algo podrido no luce. Un muerto de hambre como estos desarrolladores no ve el yermo espiritual en el que está hundido; sólo le importa, para su desgracia, la “LANA”. Pero, qué son 600 años en la historia del universo?

It is time to ignite the agenda 21 and erase most of the human population

White people always destroying our precious natural resources. Go vacation elsewhere!!

Wow... 20 minutes in, this “documentary “ turns into a commercial for at specific company while at the same Time stating that all other earth saving initiatives are fraud. And “don’t use sunscreen” come on!

The same is happening everywhere.... greed for money is killing our own Planet. The so called "development projects" are only an evil of corruption, selfinish and wrong planning. We don't need casinos, resorts and fake eco-tourism! We need mangroves, corals, forests, fauna...

We first visited Tulum in 1985. We were staying at the only "hotel" in Akumal. It was a small beach-side hotel & we paid about $18/nt usd for a clean hut, no phone, A/C or TV, but the beach was why we were there. Tulum, a bit South, was isolated, no hotels - nothing but the Mayan ruins on the beach & the large Cenote. Back then, there were so many special places to explore & swim, including an inland crystal-clear pool right next to the hotel in Akumal that reminded you of a huge aquarium. I can remember one trip inland to a ancient Mayan pyramid temple in Coba situated next to another inland freshwater lake. To our amazement, a modern hotel had been built near the temple basically in the middle of nowhere. We were told that it had recently been purchased by Club Med. It was in between managements & there was only one visitor staying there at the time. After an extremely hot day exploring & climbing the temple, my Wife & my two young children (we were the only visitors to the temple that day) were pleasantly surprised that the hotel welcomed us in to cool off. After cooling off in their A/C dining room, we enjoyed a great meal, including ice cold Cokes! A fantastic memory of a time long past & in virtually an untouched condition (ex the hotel - an example of things to come), unfortunately never to be seen again.

It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world . We are at a point in time in our history, human history, that we must encourage all butterflies, all believers, that we can make a difference, to continue to flutter, continue our journey on this beautiful planet and a typhoon of enlightenment may save us.

Americans ruin everything

No time left to eventually learn to live in harmony with nature. It is time to unite globally and recover and naturalize our world into a biodegradable thriving world by 2030. www.weAgree.life

World wide this is happening without regard for the future. The solution is singular. A global mind/heart shift into a hierarchy free world See: www.weAgree.life to unite humanity and free the world. If you don't understand this... than it's too lat to save our planet.

encuentran un cenote y en vez de protegerlo, empiezan a vender entradas, que ignorancia,!

You're right, I was just there last week and I did 6:24 as my self, why am I not living here.

+T Nord Ok Mr scientist.....please tell us what the greenhouse effect of water vapour is in percentage terms as it compares to CO2 which is 0.04% of the air I believe. WHOOPS !!

Im a scientist. CO2 does warm the planet. It traps heat. It's called the greenhouse effect. Look it up. You are right though that plants use CO2 as food. But it's like trying to stuff baby food down the throat of a screaming baby. You might get some of it in, but most is just going to end up in the wrong place. Someone hand the wet naps

not a helpful comment

Quien le llega esto al diamante negro!!!!

FUCK MEXICO

Build a wall !! MAKE TALUM GREAT AGAIN!

+629 exactly

Many white American women speak like that

Tulum should ban plastic!! Serious.

Come on Mexican engineers, please save Tulum. Someone needs to clean up all that nasty sewage!! Greed and overpopulation will destroy these places.

Get rid of money and you solve everything.

this is a terrible waste of time and after 8 minutes i had to stop and leave. the voiceover and writing make this unwatchable.

EXCUSE ME BUT! YOU'RE AND WERE PART OF THE DESTRUCTION, YOU VISITED TULUN AND STAYED.

too much bla bla bla, why tulum? many other cities has the same problem. the new energy tecnology propaganda?

whites neat to get the f*** out of there

I'm méxican and I don't know my own country because I can't afford a trip to that kind of "special places"....whites only.

Ryan, you got my vote.....go to hell gringos!!!!

Cancun is artificial nothing is natural like before.

Destined to fail. Another train wreck in progress

Thank you making this video. We recently returned from Tulum and was shocked by how many plastic bags are handed out in the super markets. I live in Seattle, where plastic bags have been banned. I think Tulum needs to follow and ban all single use plastic bags. Here most people use their own reusable bags, which they can buy at the store, or opt for paper bags, which cost 5 cents extra. On our first day in Tulum, I was schooled in one market buying eggs. I wanted brown, which I am used to eating, but they were only available in a plastic container. A white woman came up to me and told me to make a better decision and choose the paper container, despite them being white eggs. It was an eye opener, and perhaps all visitors to Tulum need to be schooled this documentary in the airplane! Talk to AeroMexico!

I just watched a documentary on ancient India, and they said it was the Indians who came up with the number zero. So who was it?

Oh fuck you you pompous wannabe hippie. The country is corrupt as fuck. It's not because of the gringos.

This is just horrible, what happens Tulum. As a Tourist ur not really aware of that situation. I was there once, and i loved the nature. I hope people can fix this situation. Great work on that documentary!

You show me what the current president of Mexico so you to voice your concerns hopefully he listens

Thank you so much for this doc. I love Tulum so much. I can’t see it destroyed!

It's true

What an excellent and sadly video at the same time.

AMLO, ándale güey has algo para proteger estos lugares.

I remember Tulum as the quiet, uninhabited beautiful place it once was. I am deeply saddened by the commercial place it has become. It is indeed man who will destroy the animal, plant and sea life and then scratch their heads wondering why it happened. Part of being a guest in these beautiful locations is to respect it's beauty and leave it like you find it. Please keep the beaches and jewel pristine waters clean.

Extranjeros del mundo les agradecemos vengan de visita pero ya se pueden ir por donde vinieron, no hagan preguntas tontas ni se cuestionen se ve tan cambiado y contaminado esto, lo que cagan tambien va al subsuelo. Dejen en paz a Tulum y todas las islas a su alrededor respeten lo ajeno. Por cierto en México se habla en español gracias por el documental sabemos que los mismos pobladores se estan encargando de desaparecerlo ojala lo puedan resolver con hechos y no con palabras y contribuyan a que los visitantes lo cuidemos.

why not put all the trash in a pile and burn it

El principal problema del excesivo crecimiento de tulum es el dinero extranjero juntado con el gobierno corrupto que tiene el estado de Quintana Roo

Thank you, this is so important.

I was planning a vacation there but now I dont even want to contribute to this destruction.

Agree the same people killed

Put a surcharge on plastic.

Tulum entró en decadencia desde que los turistas lo descubrieron, poco a poco lo van matando, quieren vivir en el paraíso rodeados de todo el lujo y confort que tienen en sus países pero la selva y las playas pagan el precio de su cómoda vida. Me parece pésimo e hipócrita este trabajo, y que todavía se pida una donación, por favor!

Todo esta muy bien, pero la realidad es que lo que más a dañado a tulum y a toda la Rivera maya, es la llegada de capitales extrangeros que compran tierra que debe estar prohibida para comercializar ponen hoteles, posadas, bares y restaurantes, los cuales producen basura destruyen el ecosistema y retiran a la fauna endémica por pelear espacios comerciales..... Primero que s e vayan todos los hoteles y los bares... Ellos son los que han causado esto.. Ellos y la corrupción política que les venden tierras protejidas o del gobierno federal.

Also, stop traveling for your own ego to really far places. Tourists are part of the problem just by taking a fossil fueled plane. The whole tourist industry is unsustainable and harmful to communities that develop around tourism and not higher purposes.

Thank you. I had no idea. We must protect this beautiful part of Mexico from being destroyed by humans.

Yes there is an ecological experiment underway there and I hope we learn from it. However "The Tulum Dream" is so full of it. I used to pay 6 US to stay at hostels there These beautiful yoga posers are charging 350 a night for a hut. and they won't pay to do a clean septic tank? and Cancun?.........I won't waste my breath on the decadent dump I'm gonna throw up looking at that fetid seaweed! All bull.....so corrupt down there in the"Coast that Cocaine Built".Nothing will change the shitgasso seaweed is sent by the Mayan gods to rid the reef of all of them.

Lo siento.

Work Cell x10000000000000

Thank you for this documentary. I was unaware, up until today, of the disgrace falling upon Tulum in the last few years. I was there in 2006 and remember a pristine paradise, "tourism development" was a few beach bungalows with minimal amenities - and I suppose minimal impact. Somehow I "froze" this image of Tulum in my head. Watching how it is today has been a rude awakening, but, of course, a much-needed one. I myself am from a natural paradise - the Azores islands in the Atlantic - and our land is also being "eagerly discovered" by tourism. We need to be vigilant and be knowledgeable about what truly happens when you look the other way.

Fucking scary

Pestle suck! Straight up

I wonder if this isn't all a sneaky ad for Syntepet Technologies and the makers of this documentary unwittingly made it with good intentions. Yeah I'm that cynical. I have to admit the argument against solar is a good one as well as wind not mentioned here. The future will need a combination of alternatives. It sounds too good to be true turning waste in to energy but if that works what's stopping it? As far as the cabrones responsible for all this damage to the once pristine places of the world like Tulum, to those who say we can't I say we an place blame very easily stating with the Government who turns a blind eye to to their enviornmental laws. Why not hit the developer, the Mangrove killer, centoe shitting scum bags with massive fines? As far as the developers, many of the massive hotel developers like the Catalan giants Barceló y Melía hide their names under small names in places like Tulum, they do this to give the illusion they are small independent "eco" boutiques but they have massive amounts of money and business down in Mexico. These are two examples of companies that are too big too fail or fine. These type of companies develop, eat up and then shit out beautiful coastal towns all over latin America. By the time the Narco traficantes arrive these places are already done and that's scary too think about. The Narcos are the least to blame for this destruction anyway. Travel agencies and cruise ships are right along the big hotel chains and are also too big too fail. They've been selling tourism to the masses for years. First the interesting laid back adventureres come, then the chic hipsters with money develop nice authentic small boutique hotels and restaurants and then the big chain companies come in and destroy but not without making alot of money first. The truth is we are hitting the breaking point. I uses to go to Tulum and Playa del Carmen starting 25 years ago every year for long stays then stopped about 12 years ago. I went back last year expecting the worst but the worst was even worse than I expected. I never felt such a pit in my gut and weight on my chest of depression and not just for nostalgia but for the direction we're going killing the earth. Here's a question to all those making money, would a new car salesman sell a scratched and banged up Ferrari? Would you shit were you eat? No that would be stupid wouldn't? That's exactly not what these people are doing except the Ferrari is nothing in value not only and especially compared to an ecosystem and a beautiful place such as Tulum but they're killing the place worth tens of billions of dollars annually to the Mexican Govt. and developers. If the laws were strict and enforced they have a long living cash cow but the quick buck wins doesn't it? Even if it's covered in shit.

Playa del carmen has already changed. The beach is very different from 10 years ago. The i sequirity is growing too.

Sun is not a God to worship . if you are a serious about the creator, search for Him and you will find him

El lado oscuro de México, el narco!!!

Wow fecal matter in the water. Ugh

It cost me a lot to see the whole documental, I can understand how this corrupt authorities just allow this beautiful paradise be destroy

Lol

The human race is destroying the Earth.

Young girl narrator doing annnooottthhheeerrrrr repeat garbage wanna be docu

Thank you for this critical information!

What you people need to do. Live talum alone WTF live that place alone. Es un paraíso y no un lugar para vivir Puta madre pinche jente cochina de mierda. Dejan su puto país para ir a vivir en un paraíso y destrozarlo and the fuckig government of Mexico living the people to destroying mi Mexico Live that place alone pendejos bayanse de ahí ese lugar es de los mayas pendejos de mierda

First step that blond woman should go back to her home county

Thanks for sharing this , I will be part of the solution in my Beautiful Mexico! Going there soon

Talking instead of picking up a shovel to dig cesspools? Show some initiative instead of sales talk for an overpriced system you want Mexico to buy because Americans bum rush Tulum. Hard labor makes changes. Tell all the cruise ships to haul trash out of there.

i grew up near sedona and spent many summers at oak creek canyon, also a special and unique environment, like Tulum... and back then the waters were said to be quite polluted... there were a lot of people at all the main watering holes all summer... eventually, they started charging for parking and I don't know what else they did, but it seems like there are actually less people there whenever I go... I can only presume that the waters are cleaner now... but, it is important to limit human activities to these very special areas

Gringos? Really? Or it could be the lazy natives who do nothing to preserve their land. Or it could be their low IQ

Qué triste ver cómo se ha desbordado la destrucción de miles de hectáreas de selva a diario para construir más condominios. Las constructoras, las inmobiliarias no están interesados en otra cosa que no sea llenar su ambición.

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8:00 I need this song

Wonderful photography...

Salaam to all I lived in Tulum in the mid80s, there was only 10 cabana huts and a small restaurant on the beach, that's all Tulum was then. Incredibly wonderful. I passed through Cancun when there was nothing but a beach , from there you could go Isla Mujeres, a small beautiful island. Peace out

Mexico has became a toilet! Sad.

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