The magic begins as you enter a cave-like opening made entirely of wood

Deep in the jungles of Uh May, a small town near Tulum, you’ll find a contemporary art museum called Azulik. To get there, you have to drive a few kilometers down a dirt road until you reach a guardhouse. An entrance fee is required (with a separate cost if you wish to use a professional camera). Not wanting to pay extra, I used my phone during our visit, which explains why the quality isn’t the best.

Rabbit hole azulik entrance
Funky looking entrance
Entrance into azulik

The magic begins as you enter a cave-like opening made entirely of wood before surfacing to the other end into a completely different world. It reminds me of that scene in Alice in Wonderland when Alice falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical world.

Azulik architecture Azulik concrete and wood pathways

When you reach the other side, the wooden path transforms into a concrete entrance. Here, you need to remove your shoes and enter the museum barefoot to get the full experience. There is nothing more primitive than the feel of the uneven wood surface and the cold concrete on your bare feet.

Look up to see vines Meditating in Azulik Looking down on a glass floor

Multiple paths lead up and down the building and into separate spaces. Vines hang from every corner, giving the feeling of being in an enchanting forest.

Azulik architecture Lovers hanging out near a window
Azulik architecture

The museum reminds me of our trip several years ago to Naoshima, a small island in Japan known for its art museums, with how it seamlessly integrates architecture with nature. These places transport you to a different world where dreams become realities.

Jeremie enters a fancy bathroom Sky roof Jeremie in a fancy bathroom Sky roof
Woman dancing through an entryway Looking up at the wooden structure

Walking through each room offers a different experience. You will discover that there are no rigid shapes as every element—even how the light flows—is designed to move organically.

Net hammocks Hole in the roof with vines Me and Jeremie reflected on a window
Pink window with sky view Pool with palm tree Leaf-shaped door Exhibits

In this immersive experience, art isn’t just a painting on the wall or a sculpture in display. It’s something you can feel, smell, hear, and sometimes even taste.

Orange flower arrangements
Hooded sculpture
Woman candidly posing
Path to the outdoor bar area
Path to the outdoor bar area Hanging out with drinks
Fairy house in the jungle Strange-shaped structure

Our visit to Azulik reminds me that there is magic in this world, but in order to get there, you need to find it first.

Woman walks through a narrow entrance