Why Tulum is the eco-travel destination you need to visit!
If you haven’t heard of Tulum, it needs to be on your radar. Tulum is often referred to as the new Bali; with yoga studios, sound healing, smoothie bowls and beach parties being mainstream - it is a destination for those seeking deep healing or a simply Mexican margarita on the beach. But Tulum is also home to those looking for an eco-travel destination.
Love Our Natural Planet
With the combination of the Mayan cultural tradition in Mexico and the yogic influence, there is a deep respect for our natural planet. Eco-hotels and tours are popular, so too is sustainable fashion and plant based organic food. All create the possibility to have an “eco-holiday” and connect back to nature.
8 days in Tulum allowed me to explore all the best locations:
Restaurants in Tulum:
- Raw Love, (which hands down does the best smoothie bowls in the world… I tested daily!),
- Arca, great for dinner and music.
Hotels in Tulum on the Beach:
- Nomade (their wellness experience ranges from biodynamic breath workshops, to Temazcals, to silent disco yoga to cacao ceremonies… all profound experiences)
- Papaya Playa Project who set a goal to become zero emissions and zero contamination community by June 2018
- Alaya Tulum, also a hotspot for arts and holistic wellness. They adopted the UN’s 17 sustainable development areas and made it their mission to address each one of them.
- Azulik, voted one of the best eco-friendly sustainable hotels in 2016, is a hotel that merges the need to capture its beauty, with wildlife and the natural world.
When to visit Tulum?
Tulum is now becoming increasingly popular, but it is hot all year round. High season November – March, before it is oppressively hot. Low season is from June – October due to the rainy season, but the showers are fleeting, and in return Tulum is less busy whilst still having 30C heat.
Can you have an “eco-holiday?”
Many would say that there is no such thing as an “eco-holiday”, with Tulum being 5,021 miles from London, requiring a large number of carbon air miles to get there. And I totally respect that (and feel the guilt for taking air travel), yet there is an importance of travelling the world to other cultures and traditions to explore the world that we are trying to save. However, travelling to Tulum for that one trip a year, rather than the European jet-setting that most Brits do each summer could not only be better for the planet per mile, but also more expansive for our minds.
There are also ways to offset our carbon through projects such as U-capture who partners with projects to help take carbon out of the atmosphere. And although I respect that they are not as effective as not taking a flight, the journey to a sustainable lifestyle is certainly not straight-forward.
Travelling with an Eco-conscience
If we are to continue travelling, it’s about conscious travelling. That means travelling less frequently, and to destinations that have sustainability at its core. Tulum is one of those destinations. Be prepared to be spoiled with delicious food, smoothies, daily yoga but most importantly a connection back to nature and the beauty of the world that we live in.