Archaeologist Dr. Edwin Barnhart’s iPhone app “Tulum – Be Your Own Guide” is complete and on sale through Apple’s online Appstore. Focused on the Maya ruins of Tulum just south of Cancun, Mexico, it has the potential to revolutionize how people visit archaeological sites. It works somewhat like a museum audio tour, but gps navigation capabilities allow its users to go anywhere in the site in any order. The “what is that” function allows them to point their phone at any building to receive information about it. The “take me there” function allows them to choose from a list of site features and to be guided there. As the user walks toward their destination, a navigation arrow keeps them on course and the distance in meters reduces. Once they arrive, information is provided in both text and audio file.
“Tulum – Be Your Own Guide” is not only a self-guiding tour tool, but it’s also the most complete source of Tulum information ever compiled. The site’s chronology, various features, and excavations history are all available in both text and audio accompanied by many photos and drawings. Even if one has no plans to visit Tulum, it stands alone as a scholarly publication about the site.
Use this new app with Loco Gringo’s Tulum Ruin Adventure Itinerary and be your own guide!