Friday, 8 March 2019

Here Are Five Interesting Things You Can Do In Tulum!

The diversity on offer in Mexico is one of the travel world’s best kept secrets! It is a country
filled with everything from deserts to mountains to beaches and dotted with sites detailing it’s
astonishingly rich history. Traveling to Mexico for your next holiday promises to fill it with
music, warmth, culture and sensational food.


Popular imagination limits activities in Mexico to sunbathing at the beach with a margarita in
hand. Despite this, one of the most visited archeological ruins in the country is in Tulum. Known
initially as Zama-Xamanzamá, the city showcases a wide variety of activities one can take part
in on vacation. There is no shortage of things to do in Tulum.


Interesting things to do in Tulum

1. Explore the Tulum Ruins
The biggest attraction in the city is the Tulum Ruins. This ancient Mayan walled city was built over 1500 years ago and endured 70 more into
Spanish occupation of Mexico.
It’s importance was initially elevated through its use as a seaport. Since then, it has been frequented
by the Maya as a temple until as recently as the last century.
Now it stands as the third most visited archaeological site in Mexico and the most well preserved
coastal Mayan ruin. Standing about 40 feet over ground level facing the Caribbean Sea, it is visited
by thousands of tourists every year. It is much smaller than most famous Mayan ruins and easily
traversable by foot in a shorter amount of time. El Castillo, Temple of the Frescoes and Temple of the
Descending God make the three most famous constructions within the ruins. It’s striking location set
against both the jungle and the beach make certain that your vacation photos will be memorable.



2. Take a dip in the cenotes
Tulum’s famed cenotes hold a deep attraction to those visiting. These exposed depressions filled with
groundwater are frequented by many travelers who wish to take a dip in it. The most famous cenote in
Tulum is the Gran Cenote.
Situated on the Riviera Maya,the water is so clear that it is possible to see underwater creatures!
One of the most popular things to do in Tulum when visiting the Gran Cenote is snorkeling.



3. Experience the famous beaches
Tulum is renowned for its pristine beaches with white sands and ultramarine waters.
ParadiseBeach (Playa Paraíso) is busy without being overrun by tourists.
You can swim, snorkel or simply take in the view with a refreshing drink under the shade of some
palm fronds. The waters off the coast are home to coral reef as well as recently discovered drowned
17th-century cannons.



4. Indulge in the local cuisine
Mexico boasts of a celebrated, wide-ranging and flavourful cuisine with Tulum being no exception.
Once you are tired out by all the things to do in Tulum, be sure to hit the restaurants and sample some
classic Yucatán cuisine. Playa Paraíso is surrounded by eateries so you don’t go hungry while spending
a day at the beach. Taqueria Honorio is an unassuming taco restaurant whose renown is betrayed by
near-constant foot traffic from locals and tourists alike. They are most famous for their tacos and
sandwiches which they serve Tuesday through Sunday from 6 am to 2 pm.


5. Shop locally
Tulum Bazaarnear the Tulum Ruins is an open air market chock full of stands that sell
Mayan-inspired artifacts and souvenirs you can take home to your friends and family.


Things to know before you go

Schedule wisely: High season in Tulum lasts from January to March and brings with it large crowds
and price hikes. Visiting Tulum in the shoulder seasons helps avail of a more peaceful holiday with
cheaper rates.

Dress smart: Yucatan weather is subtropical and the sun can be unforgiving if you are not prepared.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen, wear sunglasses and carry water with you everywhere to keep
hydrated. Wear sensible shoes and light, comfortable clothes to manage considerable walking
within the ruins.

Know your destination: The Tulum Ruins parking lot is a 10 to 15-minute walk away from the
entrance. You could choose to either walk the distance or take transport for 20 pesos per person.

Be your own guide: Tulum Ruins charge an entrance fee of 65 pesos. You can also hire a guide for 600 pesos. By downloading the Audio Tour Guide at a fraction of the cost you will not be encumbered by constraints from another person and can explore the ruins at your own pace instead. This well researched audio guide offers a seamless and informative experience on location. Using the Action Tour Guide also helps you sidestep the danger of being grifted by unauthorized local guides.

Download Tulum Ruins Tour Guide Cancun App available on GooglePlay and AppStore to enhance your experience of the Tulum Ruins and tap into its cultural and
historical richness. Explore this historical marvel on your own terms!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Mobile Tour Guide Apps: Custom-Built Apps vs. Platform-Based Apps


Museums, parks, cities, and visitor attractions that want a mobile app as a tour guide for their attractions have two options: get one custom-built for your needs or use a platform- (or template -) based service. Both options have their pros and cons.
Both options create a tour guide app that your visitors download onto their own smartphones and use to take a tour or explore the space. But while the visitor’s interface is the same, the museum’s experience with building the app is vastly different. The chart below lays out the basic differences between the two:

Design
Custom-built tour guide app can be designed to look like your fantasy app. They are completely your own layout, design, and branding. Platform -based apps can still represent your branding, color scheme, and logos, but they are not fully flexible when it comes to the fundamental structural flow of the app. Nevertheless, most of the layouts you could imagine are possible.
Downloads
Both types of tour guide apps can be directly downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store under your brand name with your logo as the app icon. Some platform-based app companies will require you to fold your tours into their existing app, so that visitors first download that company’s app, and then select your tour from within it. However, not all platform-based app companies require this.
Development
Custom-built tour guide apps are built from scratch and require development and programming. Platform -based tour guide apps have a platform, or foundation, already developed and require minimal programming to launch a new app.
Launch Time
Custom-built tour guide apps will typically take a minimum of 6 months to launch. Platform-built tour guide apps can go live in 1 to 2 months.
Commitment
Both custom-built and platform -based tour guide apps will require a time commitment and a resource commitment on your part. Unsurprisingly, custom-built apps require a larger commitment pre-launch for the design and development. They also require a larger commitment post-launch, because maintenance, upgrades, and changes are more idiosyncratic.
Cost
Since custom-built tour guide apps require more development and work than platform or template-based tour guide apps, they are naturally more expensive. Depending on the complexity of the features, custom apps can cost more than $15,000. Some platform-built apps can cost less than half as much.
Action Data Systems is a platform -based mobile tour guide app developer. We create apps for you that your visitors can download to take a tour. Our platform, ActionTourGuide, supports multiple tours, languages, mobile ticketing, gift – store, and sponsors.

Author: Manoj Ganguli, Marketing Strategist for Mobile platform at Action Data Systems, developer of ActionTourGuide apps on smartphones. Action Data Systems is headquartered in Barrington, Rhode Island with a regional office in Mumbai India. Action Data Systems helps museums, attractions and bus tour operators to create Apple and Android tour guide apps to increase tourist engagement, improve ratings, reviews and generate new revenue from mobile e-commerce.
Get in touch
– Manoj Ganguli | manoj@actiondatasystems.com | +1 (508) 801 0856 | +91 9833733268