Posted by: ecodestination | February 20, 2009

Ecocide-friendly development and golf course coming up in Tulum

Where Aldea Zamná would be.

First known as Downtown Tulum and now as Aldea Zamná, a.k.a. Aldea Zamá and Zamá Village, this lot of 74 hectares (183 acres) would, if we let it, become a residential and commercial area “offering comfort, peace and safety in harmony with nature.” I bet.

(See our post from last year, “Save Tulum, Mexico”)

It’s been a controversial issue since its inception back around July of last year, both before and after the investors acquired authorization to build their development from the government. But, hey, we know it ain’t hard to get authorization in Mexico. It’s about as easy as finding scantily clad women at the beach. I’ve really had it up to my ears with corruption in Latin America. It’s such an old issue it’s not even remotely entertaining anymore. It just makes people bitter. Oh, so bitter.

Current guilty parties include Victor Mass Tah, Gonzalo Arcila, and businessman Rodolfo Rosas Moya representing the awesome investors who doled out at least $50 million early last year to build their evil empire on lush patches of jungle.

Hey, we need another golf course by the beach on Riviera Maya. Come on. I know what you really want, you khaki-wearing, vehemently Republican, pasty white golf aficionados! You can’t fool me.

Expect the usual land, water, air, and noise pollution. Fortunately, many are absolutely willing to pay more for the eco-friendly integrity and harmony of an eco hotel. You can always do something, and boycotting massive pollution-spewing developments is #1 on the list.

More to come.

Understand Spanish? Watch this misleading video touting Aldea Zamná as an utmost eco-friendly development beneficial to Tulum:



  1. We are architects designing golf clubhouses, hotels and resorts around the world. Making a living as part of the development team, I cannot pretend that we are completely eco-sensitive. Obviously most of these beautiful projects we work on are essentially transforming untouched natural land into desirable developments for human use. We do encourage our clients to tread as lightly as possible in these destinations; but when you are building a golf course or any large structure where before there was only nature it is difficult to claim you are eco-friendly. The best we can often do is strive to be as “sustainable” and “green” as possible in our designs; to the extent the budget and client will allow.

  2. Agreed: any building on previously natural sites can only be termed “eco-friendly” at best …

    Do you have any say or influence in terms of what could turn into harmful fertilizer runoff from the golf courses? And what steps can be taken to make a golf course sustainable?

    Thanks for your words, Dave. It’s good to get your perspective.

  3. Hi,
    My friends and I have 150 acres in Kenya and would like to develop a golf resort. I was curious to find out eco-friendly golf courses and if I was to copy one here in Kenya, how would I go ahead with that? What does it entail? Acreage needed for 9 hole and 18 hole? Different eco-friendly initiatives to implement? Costs? Planning? etc
    Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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