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Tulum – Be Your Own Guide

By Edwin Barnhart

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Tulum – Be Your Own Guide GPS locates and navigates you anywhere within the Maya ruins of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico without using any external data. There’s no data usage for your mobile device’s automatic ability to locate satellite based cell signals, so no expensive charges apply for using the app. Created by renowned Maya archaeologist Dr. Edwin Barnhart, the Tulum app provides detailed information about virtually every feature of the site. The home page provides an interactive map of Tulum with each and every building clickable to reveal information regarding its construction, excavation history, and what was found inside. The “What Is That” function uses your gps location and allows you to point your mobile device at any structure to learn more about it. The “Take Me There” function allows you to choose any building at the site and receive guided navigation to its location.

The descriptions for each building are available as text and audio files voiced by Dr. Barnhart. Photos of each structure are included, as well as drawings and photos of the features inside the temples – ones you can’t see because they are barred from tourist access. With the Tulum app, you can see the incredible murals that other visitors can’t!

The Tulum app also includes:
•General history of Tulum
•Ed’s Tour – a recommended walking route
•A complete buildings and features list
•Personalizable photo and video galleries to remember your visit
•Bibliographical references

Whether you are planning on visiting Tulum or just want to learn more about the site, the Tulum app is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to learn more about the ancient city. No other source of Tulum information, book or otherwise, is more complete. And thanks to wifi connections at selected restaurants in Tulum visitor’s center, you can download it data charge free right at the entrance to the ruins!

What's New in Version 1.3

Enable GPS service for iOS 8


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Customer Reviews

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You're going to be surprised at how nice Tulum is but also at how little information there is. The information boards are often not there or weather beaten to the point of being unreadable. I found this app and it had 1 bad review but I was desperate so I gave it a whirl. Took a while to download because I was literally AT Tulum but after doing so you pick #1 and it literally guides you the very spot, very reliably. I don't know what the problem was that the previous reviewer had because it worked surprisingly well. When you get there you click the "about" button and it brings up a picture, an audio file and a script with hyperlinks. You don't need a guide if you have the app. If I'm being picky, I would like the "Ed's Guide" option to be a little more Rick Steves-like and walk you through. It's possible, however, that it does and I never figured it out.

Great App!

I have had the privilege of using this app at Tulum Ruins and it really enhanced my experience there. I have heard some of the guides give inaccurate information at other sites, so I wanted to see what a real expert had to say, and wow, does this app have a lot of really interesting and real information!

Thanks so much for this app!

Doesn't download

I've been trying to download this for 20 minutes and it won't even load. I have full wi fi connection

Tulum – Be Your Own Guide
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Travel
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  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 67.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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