ECO-CHIC TULUM

Mexico’s zen destination is a lush magical jungle and barefoot connection with the earth.

The eco-conscious secluded oasis has you spell-bound with its white sugar sands, boho vibe, and glistening jade-green waters … leaning heavily on words like “magical” and “bohemian”.

In a few years, Tulum may likely be gone.

This peace jungle is being destroyed by greed, gringos, overzealous developers, drugs, plastic pollution, sunscreen, seaweed, and disco balls.

Since there is no electricity, diesel generators groan 24/7 to run air conditioners that swanky guests demand. The sewer waste has been draining into the water supply and out to the ocean, destroying the coral reef. Boutique hotels started by locals are being pushed out by large developers.

The wildlife is near extinct. Crabs are being run over by cars and Jaguars are being shot to death driving them out of their home.

Follow below to learn how you can be a conscious traveler and help save Tulum.

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EATS

Your inner wellness is remarkably easy in Tulum, with options for vegan and vegetarian dishes that range from fresh guacamole to power-rich juices and scrumptious raw foods.

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Raw Love Cafe

The healthiest spot of Tulum. Chill out in their boho hammocks while devouring their raw plant-powered yums.

Everything on the menu is gluten-free and plant-based. You can add any kind of superfood to your smoothie, fresh juices, shots, sip on matcha lattes, or my absolute favorite – the perfect açai bowl. Try their exotic mushroom tea blends.

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The Real Coconut

Recipes dedicated to well-being philosophy for sustainable eating. Health conscious dishes without gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar, corn, or soy. They cook with minimal amounts of coconut or avocado oil.

They promote plant-based choices as the basis and offer options of sustainably sourced animal proteins from local farmers and fishermen.

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NATURE

Nature excursions in Tulum are endless. It’s up to you whether you prefer the sea, cenote, or beach. I took a 6-hour private tour with a guide named Johannes.

Secluded beaches with blue crabs, wild birds, swimming with crocodiles, beautiful cenotes, dropped in the middle of the ocean to view untouched living coral, and sea turtle encounters are what you can expect all on a tiny boat and a tenacious guide.

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PROTECT

Endangered.

Billions of sea turtles use to grace the deep blue 100 years ago. They are facing extinction from habitat destruction, by-catch in fishing gear, ocean pollution, and illegal poaching.

Your chemicals are destroying sea life.

When chemical products and sunscreens wash off into the ocean, they are toxic to coral and marine animals. The chemical residue seeps under the sand where sea turtles lay eggs flowed down by the rain.

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PROTECT

Endangered.

Billions of sea turtles use to grace the deep blue 100 years ago. They are facing extinction from habitat destruction, by-catch in fishing gear, ocean pollution, and illegal poaching.

Your chemicals are destroying sea life.

When chemical products and sunscreens wash off into the ocean, they are toxic to coral and marine animals. The chemical residue seeps under the sand where sea turtles lay eggs flowed down by the rain.

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green sea turtle endangered

WAR ON OCEAN POLLUTION

Climate change and ocean pollution are fueling another man-made disaster with algae known as sargassum to the Caribbean.
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Under the sea, algae feed marine animals but wreak havoc on the shore. As it starts to decay, it emits hydrogen sulfide fumes that kill fish, coral and seagrass. The seaweed blocks endangered sea turtles from laying their eggs on the sand and prevents their hatchlings from fleeing to the ocean.

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WAR ON OCEAN POLLUTION

Climate change and ocean pollution are fueling another man-made disaster with algae known as sargassum to the Caribbean.
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Under the sea, algae feed marine animals but wreak havoc on the shore. As it starts to decay, it emits hydrogen sulfide fumes that kill fish, coral and seagrass. The seaweed blocks endangered sea turtles from laying their eggs on the sand and prevents their hatchlings from fleeing to the ocean.

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90%

of the reefs in the Caribbean have disappeared since 1980. Tons of sunscreen lotion and plastic pollution find their way onto coral reefs annually.

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1 MILLION

sea birds die from plastic pollution every year.

ACTION + AWARENESS

  • Only use non-nano “reef-safe” sunscreen. Mainstream sunblocks are harmful to coral and ocean life.

  • Avoid using products that have chemicals in them. They wash off into the ocean causing further harm.

  • Opt for biodegradable glitter. These tiny sparkles are toxic to your skin and the ocean. Check out EcoGlitterFun.

  • Respect wildlife. Do not touch or harass the turtles.

  • Travel with reusable cups, utensils, and straws.

  • Buy glass water bottles. Most restaurants carry them or there is a shop next to Raw Love that sells glass bottles.

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WELLNESS

yaan wellness spa

Yäan Wellness Energy Spa is a healing sanctuary for the mind, body, and soul in a magical organic setting. From the moment you pass the burning flame you are christened in the elements of fire, air, water, and wood.

My treatment was a botanical body exfoliation followed by a holistic massage using aromatic coconut body butter. The experience ended with a healing bath of freshly picked herbs, flowers, salts, and soothing therapeutic oils inside a copper tub served with ginger tea, incense, and meditational tunes.

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YOGA

Sanará Wellness

Move, hold, and listen into the stillness of sound healing and vinyasa while reconnecting with the earth.

The open aired studio is positioned on the beachfront, overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just show up 10 minutes before, pay $20 and journey into the deep state of mental, emotional and physical relaxation.

After moving and grooving, you are provided a power fresh green juice after class closes.

FOR THE ANIMALS

Nestled under a pink Buganvilia tree, you saunter onto a sandy floor adored by eclectic-chic finds as jewelry, bags, clothes all crafted by local artisans. This gem embraces the preservation of nature, wildlife, and genuine passion for one-of-kind.

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The shop’s non-profit “Mr. Blackbird for Animals” rescues and rehabilitating Tulum’s street animals. Be sure to check out the endangered species creations as each piece donates to organizations in Africa for wildlife conservation.

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STAY

Casa de las Olas

Secluded on a pristine beach in Tulum, Olas is 100% sustainable and powered by the sun.

From organic and biodegradable cleaning products to locally sourced food, this tranquil space has a leave-no-trace vibe.

STAY

Casa de las Olas

Secluded on a pristine beach in Tulum, Olas is 100% sustainable and powered by the sun.

From organic and biodegradable cleaning products to locally sourced food, this tranquil space has a leave-no-trace vibe.

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