With humble beginnings as a small fishing village, Tulum, Mexico, is now the fastest-growing city in Latin America. Given its stunning coastline, diverse wildlife, preserved Mayan ruins, and friendly, relaxed locals, it's no wonder tourism to the region (wellness-centric tourism in particular) has skyrocketed over the last few years.
But, according to filmmaker Rachel Appel and her team, Tulum has lost something in its rise to the top. Her upcoming film, The Dark Side of Tulum, uncovers the vacation destination's cloaked pollution problem.
"People come to Tulum because it's an 'eco-haven,' but it's a facade. It's on a path of destruction. Some places are trying their best, but at the moment it's really expensive to become truly sustainable here," Appel says from mbg's headquarters, about to jet off to begin raising money to bring the film to big screens.