The damage may soon get much worse—a massive new real estate project with a murky past could see Tulum’s population explode tenfold in less than 10 years.
As Olmo Torres-Talamante, a local biologist, tells As Tulum has grown, environmentalists and residents have become angry over a number of forced evictions.
They are now battling business moguls and powerful politicians who are colluding to develop the land as quickly as possible.
The day we spoke, Caro and other evicted hoteliers and landowners met with Luz María Beristain, a state senator who was demanding the federal government intervene in Tulum to halt the forced evictions.
“I’m not taking deposits for reservations, because I don’t know if I’ll still be here in December.”Others feel frustrated that Tulum’s rampant growth has led to this.