The owner of the complex, Paola Sbrizzi, a bustling Italian woman who has lived in Tulum for 17 years, had invited the senator to speak at her hotel. A house in Tulum, once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, will soon be converted into a luxury hotel. Tulum was able to maintain its iconoclastic sensibility on a human scale, partly due to legal uncertainties around land ownership, which kept large hotel chains at bay. Many of Tulum's business owners believe that the Tulum brand is exportable; there is now a restaurant in a Dallas mall called Tulum and last summer, Perlman and Gardner opened a pop-up window Gitano on an empty lot in Soho.
The evictions left scars on many Tulum business owners, who remain fearful of losing their properties. The city closed the recycling center in November because it was disrupting a government organization led by the mayor's wife. Barbachano forged his own path, spending much of his 20s in New York, working to bring Arizona Iced Tea to Mexico and living the life of a successful gay man in Manhattan, where he met another set of real estate heirs. Its other properties around Tulum include a boutique hotel called Amansala Chica, another hotel in the city, a clothing store and numerous empty lots waiting to be developed.
It may disappear for days, weeks or months, especially in winter, but here was Barbachano, in the high season of Tulum, watching his worst nightmare. The images showed the elegant masonry of Coqui Coqui, a hotel owned by an old Calvin Klein model, reduced to rubble. In the days of free movement of Tulum, the legal status of the land was not one of the main concerns, but it was not a secret either that there were doubts about who owned what. Salt and textiles were among some of the goods brought by merchants to Tulum by sea and that would be dispersed inland.
He had been a pioneer of the Tulum scene in the early 90s, after a Belgian friend told him he had to see the beaches south of Cancun. Some of Tulum's biggest non-beach attractions are its cenotes, where the ground has collapsed to reveal outdoor pools with highly instagrammable turquoise waters. Based on craniometric measurements, the skull is believed to conform to the mesocephalic pattern, like the other three skulls found in the Tulum caves. According to the government and Mexico News Daily reports, the evictions are the result of the alleged “violation of an oral lease agreement between business owners and the municipality, and non-payment of rent.
Perlman still runs the Bootcamp, but has adjusted his offerings to meet the demands of Tulum's changing demographic. Palazuelos is best known in Mexico as an actor who plays the villain in telenovelas, but in Tulum he is known in part for his role in the saga that closed Coqui Coqui and Uno Astrolodge. He said the Tulum government is busy building infrastructure “that should have been done ten years ago, while trying to crack down on development that has not been controlled.