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Old 12-11-2009, 06:43 AM   #1
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Mexico's Bicimaps vs. E32 maps?

After doing a search on both map sets and looking at their websites with the latest updates, I'm still a little confused. Both map sets sell for about $105 but, which map set would be a good choice for riding both on and off road in Baja? Also, I would like to ride mainland Mexico next year using the same map set.

I'll be installing the maps on a Garmin 60csx.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:54 AM   #2
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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Baja Maps

From my personal experience on living, trail riding and exploring Baja starting on basic compass and Baja Expedition map on my car, to garmin 38, 45, garmin II, garmin III, garmin V and presently my trusty 276c and 60cs that i switch back and forth beteen bike and truck.
U have all maps available for Mexico.
Fort the most accurate and most up to date Topographical of Mexico, nothing and i mean nothing beats E32 maps. I recently upgraded to the 2010 revision and the WOW factor is amazing.
Again only way you can tell is to do a comparison betwen all masp which i do own and on my bike i toggle between bicimapas and e32 when i am on in Tijuana, Tecate and Ensenada but when the pavement ends...
E32 all the way. I have a place down in valle de guadalupe and recently 7 riders rode from my house to rancho Melling at sierra San Pedro Martir to wartch this years Baja 1000. We did the traditional ride that most off roaders take between Ojos Negros to Mike's and beyond and next day rode the coast doing the race course and being passed by many leftover participants that were way over due to the finish line and the accuracy of the maps is spot on.
Hope this helps anybody that likes exploring baja .
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:29 AM   #4
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E32 has more off road detail which by most reports are pretty accurate. It has more trails than bicimapas. By the way, with E32, "Brecha" means dirt road, "Verada" means trail.

E32 does not auto route and Bicimapas does, if that's important to you.

I have both maps but have not done enough comparisons to recommend one over the other. Both providers are putting out updates every year, so the support is good.

Flip a coin and pick one
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:03 AM   #5
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Hill climber, Glad you brought this up. i forgot to mention that observation. that is the reason why i have both mapsets depending if i am drivind/riding in town or hitting the trails. off road dont need no stinkin autoroute...
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #6
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Both maps

Yeah, for the extra $100, it's worth it to have both. I've only once had to refer to both maps to figure a shortest way out... E32 had the answer!
Put some waypoints in, look at the gps when you figure you need to and you're good to go
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Hill climber, Glad you brought this up. i forgot to mention that observation. that is the reason why i have both mapsets depending if i am drivind/riding in town or hitting the trails. off road dont need no stinkin autoroute...
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:19 PM   #7
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I am very close to making the decision to buy the Cartografica E32 map. There are a couple of things that are holding me back.

First I am a Macintosh user. The website says that the E32 map is Macintosh compatible, anyone tried this map who is a Macintosh user?

Second, I currently own a newly locked, formerly unlocked copy of BiCiMapas Mexico GPS Atlas v3.2 upgraded to v3.8. Garmin changed their unlock code system to eliminate hackers. This has caused big problems for those of us who have the BiCiMapas Mexico GPS Atlas. Upgrading Garmin Map Install to a later version than 2.1.1 will cause the map to lock. In addition, upgrading Base Camp for Mac to the latest version 3.0.1 will cause the map to lock. What has Cartografica done to overcome the Garmin lock problem?

Third, I've seen some screen shots of the Cartografica E32 map that display the area from Tecate east to Rumorosa BC Mexico and south to below Rancho El Compadre on the El Compadre road. When I compare this screen shot to the same view using the BiCiMapas Mexico Atlas, there are clearly many more ranches identified on the Mexico Atlas map. The E32 map clearly has far more roads and topographical detail displayed, however. The names of the ranches are very important for navigation. I do not know the version of the E32 map that I saw, it could be old and all of the ranches are now listed on the latest map. The Mexico Atlas was version 3.8.

Fourth, there does not seem to be any retail outlets in the USA for the E32 map. I'm in San Diego, CA and dealing with a Mexican retailer is not a big deal to me, but it would be nice to buy the product in the United States.

Fifth, I could just upgrade the BiCiMapas Mexico map, but they do not support Macintosh. I would have to buy the PC version, ask someone with a PC to load Map Convert, download the map to their PC, convert the map to the Macintosh compatible format, load it to my Macintosh, do this each time I want to upgrade the map program and hope that their PC map will continue to work as Garmin fights off the hackers who caused this problem to begin with. And, other than the issues that I listed above, I think the E32 map is a superior product that comes in a Macintosh compatible format.

Can anyone offer suggestions on what to do? Could someone post a screen shot from the latest version of E32 of the area that I described above, so I could compare with my version of BiCiMapas? Thanks for any help on this perplexing dilemma.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:59 PM   #8
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Problems with bicimapas

Good luck with bicimapas. The software has never worked well with my Garmin 550 and the support sucks.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:41 PM   #9
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Good luck with bicimapas. The software has never worked well with my Garmin 550 and the support sucks.
what are you using for Central and South America?

I thought Bici was the only game in town.

I have a Zumo 550.
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Old 04-20-2010, 06:55 AM   #10
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There is another Good option, you might want to check it out http://www.cartografiagps.com/index2.htm

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Old 04-20-2010, 01:51 PM   #11
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Omar,
I sent an email to the CONTACT address for Cartografica GPS with questions about the E32 map, I never received a reply. See my questions and concerns above, posted by BAJA FOOL.

The questions I would like you to answer are:
I have a Macintosh computer, running OSX 10.6.3. Is your map
compatible with my computer?

Have you solved the problem that Garmin created when they locked your
maps?

Are you going to add more names of ranches, especially for Baja
California and Baja California Sur?

Do you have an American source for your map?

When I look at the ordering instructions to buy online, the ad shows a
picture of a CD, but the description says that the MAC version is only
available as an Internet download, I am confused. This is what the ad
reads:

E32 CD-MAC
GO GREEN
Available on Internet
version only
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:31 PM   #12
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Hello Bajafool I dont remember recieving your mail but I can gladly answer your questions right here..

- the map E32 2010 is compatible with Mac and works ok but for the moment you need to have Roadtrip v. 2.0.1 and mapinstall 2.1.0 so the map can work.

- we are working on solving this issue with the codes, maybe in a month

- we allready added thousands of ranches a litle towns to all mexico since this 2010 update

- we do not have a distributor in the US yet

- the picture of the CD is just to ilustrate the section but the mac version is only available by download, actually for outside Mexico we only have the download version available.

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Old 12-01-2011, 11:05 AM   #13
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what are you using for Central and South America?

I thought Bici was the only game in town.

I have a Zumo 550.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:32 PM   #14
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got this update:

Mexico GPS Atlas 2013 is here.

This new version provides a response to some features being asked by a large
amount of our customers who use the map for outdoor activities such as 4x4,
motorcycling, hiking and other outdoor activities, who have asked to
increase the detail of the contour lines in order to have a better idea of
the shape of the land, as well as adding more natural points of interest to
help in off road navigation.

We have listened and developed the information our customers look for and
added it to this release. Major changes are:

• Added 20 meter (60 feet) contours for the full country
• Added a full new hydrology data set. Now the river outlines have a
very high precision and we increased the coverage in all the country.
• About 550,000 new points of interest of which 200,000 are natural ones
to support better off road navigation.
• The remainder 350,000 are increased urban POIs throughout the
country, so we now have over one million three hundred thousand POIs .
• Added street detail for 1000 cities.

With these new features and contents, this is the only full topographic and
routable GPS map available for Mexico.

Central America Integration


As a new feature, we have seamlessly integrated our Central America map, so
now travelers to that region may plan their routes and travels, fully
integrated with de Mexico map data. In Central America we also added 20
meter (60 feet) contours, allowing for a better interpretation of the land
shape for outdoor activities.

The most complete and versatile map Mexico and Central America is now at
your fingertips.
Due to the high amount of new data we are adding, the map size increased to
just over 1.5 Gb from the approximate 600 Mb that the 2012 version had.
As a customer of one of our previous versions, you may purchase this upgrade
for just $ 79.00 USD and you may get it from our webpage
http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/MexicGPSAtlasEn.htm

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Old 12-14-2012, 07:49 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=beemer67;20132431]The Bicimapas Atlas for 2013 contains Mexico and Central America in one package. [QUOTE]



The inclusion of Central America was a nice surprise. Bicimapas has a sale going on right now until Xmas. I got it for $75. I just installed all the maps (1.4 Gigs) on my Garmin 478 equipped with the 2 gig chip sourced from the Russian guy in vendors. I'm pretty darn happy. I'm looking into the OSM maps for South America right now. I'm pretty hopeful that I'll be able to fit all the maps I need in my 478 for my upcoming ride back from Chile to home.
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