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Old 02-08-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: state of enlightenment
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My friend and I bought some land in Tulum with the idea of starting some sort of health spa/tourist lodging service. I haven't been there yet; my friend has done all the dirty work so far. Reports are quite encouraging from an investment point of view. Roads are being built, the Mexican gov't is planning another tourist trap like Cancun but on a smaller, more environmentally friendly scale. The beach is still relatively undiscovered by the hoards and the water is crystaline tourquoise from the pictures I've seen. Can't wait to get down there.
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Old 02-10-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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Lucky you, geos! I and a friend rented a Jeep and drove to Tulum when the road from Cancun was a two-laner. My words can't describe what a magical, even mystically beautiful, place it was below Cancun. I've seen very few photos which do the aquamarine justice; though this* one gives a good hint and this** is a nifty aerial tour. I've given some thought--in other words, daydreamed away plenty of hours--to developing a very small, Platinum LEED, environmentally "green," and architecturally-advanced retreat on the beach in or around Tulum. Please consider the Balinese open plan, thatched roofs, coral rock walls, garden baths, etc. in these two links:

http://www.essentialescapes.com/OberoiBali.html (broken link)

http://www.oberoihotels.com/indonesia/bali/oberoibali/gallery/gallery.asp?leftinfo=10&leftitem=1 (broken link)


Diamente K Tulum: http://www.diamantek.com/



* http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/hotels/royal_hideaway/pages/beach_Occidental_Royal_Hideaway_Resort-Playacar-Mexico.htm (broken link)

** http://www.locogringo.com/maps/tour/101a-t.html

minimalist house: http://www.stevenharrisarchitects.com/projects.php?item=Costa_Rica (broken link)
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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Tulum is very mystical, the beach opening,the water--I have never seen anything like it. There soemthing very uncanny about the place. Are you Mexican? I 'm asking because I heard foreigners are not allowed to own land in Mexico.
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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Default Love Tulum!

We took a trip to the Riviera Maya this past May. We stayed near Tulum and loved it! Akumal is also worth a look! The ocean there is absolutely breath taking!
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Old 02-11-2007, 08:41 PM
 
Location: state of enlightenment
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Lucky you, geos! I and a friend rented a Jeep and drove to Tulum when the road from Cancun was a two-laner. My words can't describe what a magical, even mystically beautiful, place it was below Cancun. I've seen very few photos which do the aquamarine justice; though this* one gives a good hint and this** is a nifty aerial tour. I've given some thought--in other words, daydreamed away plenty of hours--to developing a very small, Platinum LEED, environmentally "green," and architecturally-advanced retreat on the beach in or around Tulum. Please consider the Balinese open plan, thatched roofs, coral rock walls, garden baths, etc. in these two links:
http://www.essentialescapes.com/OberoiBali.html (broken link)
http://www.oberoihotels.com/indonesia/bali/oberoibali/gallery/gallery.asp?leftinfo=10&leftitem=1 (broken link)
Diamente K Tulum: http://www.diamantek.com/
*http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/hotels/royal_hideaway/pages/beach_Occidental_Royal_Hideaway_Resort-Playacar-Mexico.htm (broken link)
** http://www.locogringo.com/maps/tour/101a-t.html
minimalist house: http://www.stevenharrisarchitects.com/projects.php?item=Costa_Rica (broken link)
Thanks for the info starfields. Lots of gorgeous houses but I'm the practical type. That's hurricane country and I'm going for something virtually hurricane proof along the lines of http://www.domesintl.com/ or http://www.aidomes.com/

You can buy Mexican land within 50km of the coast thru a bank trust or something like that. We bought Ejido land which is owned by the natives. It's a little tricky but doable. I bought 3 acres for $10k about 25km from the beach. I'm sure you can find something cheap but be sure to use a local lawyer/notary. Check out http://www.mexicoinsider.com/ Their Mexico: The Owner's Manual is well worth the price. I have a copy from 05 I'll put on ebay if you're interested. Also check out www.escapeartist.com

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Old 02-12-2007, 12:51 AM
 
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Thanks for the links, geos. I'm going to enjoy EscapeArtist.com.

Consider monolithic, fired ceramic, and super-adobe domes:

http://www.monolithic.com/thedome/thedome/index.html (broken link)

http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issu...h-itecture.htm

"...Inspired by the adobe houses of the Iranian plateau, Khalili devised a process he calls geltaftan, from the Persian gel, fire, and taftan, earth. Traditional adobe homes, he knew, crumble over time and can melt in a heavy rain. The geltaftan process actually fires an entire clay house, using an interior blaze that burns for three days and bakes the soft clay bricks into a seamless, rock-hard ceramic shell."


http://www.architectureweek.com/2000...lding_1-2.html

Check out experiences of new hoteliers in the Tulum: El Crucero Hotel http://www.el-crucero.com/update/ (broken link)
I learned of this hotel a few years ago through the www.monkeyjump.org website: I believe the monkeyjump organization developed and operated the hotel, but I find scant mention of their interesting experience on monkeyjump.org now.
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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is anyone knowledgable about the density ratings of land in tulum. what exactly" density "means in regards to what can be built or developed?
thanks
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Old 12-15-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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I know that there is a group of Natives who are trying to keep development to a minimum in the Mayan Riviera.

The Reef is beginning to show signs of oxygen depletion, sea life is dying. They are attributing it to the sudden excess of sewage from all the new development in the past 10-15 years.

They are trying to preserve the Mayan coast and I hope they do succeed. Developers have no conscience. They don't care about the impact their desire to leach off foreign natural resources has on that environment.

If you are a developer, I truly hope you are not successful in your endeavors. I make no apologies for my attitude against you... if you are, that is.

Check out this video


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcjZMny6EeY
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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I was in Tulum earlier this month for a week. I took the ADO bus from direct from Cancun airport, and it takes a bit over 2 hours. The town of Tulum is about 2 miles inland from the coastal hotel / tourist area, and the town is about 3 miles south of the Mayan ruins of Tulum. This is not a heavily developed tourist zone like Playa del Carmen, it's pretty low key, which I liked. The town has most of the basic things that a visitor needs to survive - bus station, ATM, small grocery stores, variety of restaurants, a few basic hotels. There is nothing remarkable about the town of Tulum, it is just a basic town.

The terrain is basically flat in the entire area. I rented a beach cruiser bicycle for my local transportation needs. I stayed in a small hotel along the beach and pedaled the bike over to town to eat at restaurants, buy groceries or use the ATM.

Along the narrow coastal tourist zone of Tulum (which is about 6 miles long), there is no public utility electricity available. Each hotel or business has to provide their own power. Most run small generators, but some places use wind turbines. Many of the rustic bungalow type places provide power only a few hours a day, in the evenings. Most of the places to stay in Tulum have less than 20 rooms or cabanas per property, there are no mega hotels. The closest mega hotel is about 5 miles north of the ruins.

I stayed most of the time at Playa Paraiso, a super-clean place that has some motel type rooms. It is about a mile south of the ruins on a long, immaculate white sand beach lined with coco palms, with crystal clear water perfect for swimming.

South of Tulum along the coast is a protected natural zone, so future development will not be allowed there. I rode the bike about 10 miles south along the hard pack gravel-dirt road past a few fishing camps to a beach where there was nobody in sight as far as I could see. This was on the road that eventually ends at a town called Punta Allen, where you can take a boat across to the mainland and catch a bus to Felipe Carillo Puerto. They have mini vans that can take you to Punta Allen from Tulum, but the road is rough and it would probably take a couple of hours.

It's a good area to explore at this time of year. I can't imagine how hot it must be at other times of the year, but December was great.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:11 AM
 
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hello borikua and thank you for your video. i also understand and agree with your concerns. i am not a developer, just an individual like many, that bought land 4 years ago in tulum from a real estate firm in playa del carmen.
im afraid I have recently learned that this land is no good for building the small modest single home i had in mind and that the people who sold me this land have misrepresented the sale and stated purpose of this land.
If true, this practice should be stopped and be illegal ! If the land is to be preserved and protected, than there should be laws against taking advantage of people and ripping them off by selling that land . Not all foreign people who want to live in tulum are bad or irresponsible people. many such as myself also want to cultivate and protect the land ,the enviorment and live a simple life and contribute to the towns people and culture there . And it is not right to take money from someone with good intentions and there should be laws against this!
so with all do respect, the government should prevent the selling of any land that should not be used with the intention of developing it , and only land able to be built upon should be sold.
perhaps you know of any laws or legal action i can take aginst those who have done this. maybe you know someone i can contact and talk to?
thanks very much.
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