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MEXICO: In Tulum, world’s problems seem far away

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TULUM QUICK GUIDE. A horizon, a hammock, the sound of waves, a good book and a cold drink. And that is it. To Tulum, Mexico, you most likely do not venture if you are looking for an adventurous getaway. But is objective to reload your batteries and just exist, on the other hand, you are hitting the spot.

Tulum is about 40 miles/60 kilometers south of the widely known and more crowded Playa del Carmen, with the touristy Cozumel island minutes away by ferry, on the Mexican east coast. The city of Tulum, to which you can easily cycle yourself from the beach, comes in handy with its ATM, grocery stores and, well, not much else.

But it is not for the town, but for the beach you have arrived here. Many of the resorts that line the beach here have almost a sense of Goa to them. There is really not much to do but relax. “Accommodations in Tulum range from rustic cabanas to grand all inclusives on pristine beaches,” it says on the website that markets the place. True, you can find the bars, pools overlooking the beach, water sports and buffé dinners here too. But that would be to miss the true spirit of the place.

We end up in a hut just off the beach. It has a small bathroom, with small lizards running back and forth, a bed and a lamp. Outside the door stand palms, and a few meters beyond them is the Atlantic with its undisturbed horizon. The place features a small bar/restaurant, and down on the beach lie rows of hammocks and mattresses, where guests tan themselves, read a book, goes for a swim. Later that night, after dinner, the electrical power breaks down and the place descends into darkness. Time to sleep.

A good way to get around the area is to rent bikes. Not far away is an old fortress with stunning views and even more liards than in our room to look at. A bicycle also comes in handy if you decide to increase the range of dinner and party alternatives. Tulum has a broad selection of resorts, ranging from budget to luxury, and even if you travel cheap, you can might still use the fancy bars and chic restaurants as a guest.

The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.