Central and South America GPS Maps

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by Supergringo, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Save them tracks, John!
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  2. rattis

    rattis Long timer

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    Ok how do I get these maps into my Garmin Nuvo 660?
    I very challenged when it comes to computors and sh.t like that.
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  3. dakrause

    dakrause Adventurer

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  4. jonas_mx

    jonas_mx Adventurer

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    Hello guys, Im about a month away from leaving on a six month trip through central and south america. I just got a Lowrance Endura Safari and Im looking into gettting some maps and trails for it.

    I used to have a garmin Nuvi and that was quite easy to use as I always sticked to factory maps, but now with the Safari I know I will have to go deeped to find the good stuff.

    I see some of you have posted links to sites that offer maps of south america and my questions is, will these work with my gps? and what other files will work with my safari other than GPX?

    I will appreciate any help as Im quite new to this, thanks!
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  5. dakrause

    dakrause Adventurer

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    Just FYI-the map links on the preceding messages have been updated. They currently include Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil. Enjoy!
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  6. Pete_Tallahassee

    Pete_Tallahassee Out Standing Member

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    Good job :thumb

    Any idea on how they compare to the Bicimap ? I know the Bicimaps are not free.

    http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/MexicGPSAtlasEn.htm
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  7. GPSTravelMaps.com

    GPSTravelMaps.com Adventurer

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    We used to resell Bicimapas maps for Mexico but they have gone a different direction with their product and don't offer it directly as far as I can tell.

    On a positive note, we update our maps regularly, provide free support and updates to users and will assist you in any other way necessary for you to get the best maps for your trip. We are here to help.

    GPSTravelMaps.com

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  8. Solohobo

    Solohobo Been here awhile

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    If you ever need a map of a country in CA, just hit a rental car agency, they are free, and they cover all surfaced and major routes, small and large towns.
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  9. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    How good is Garmin OpenSource map? I am debating whether to buy Garmin North America & South America map then divide each continent into SD card (I am using Montana). Tucker said they had zero problem with Garmin's South America map but will I run into issue if I want to ride off-road in few countries??

    The reason I am making it difficult on myself is because I want to leave my Macbook home and use iPad (mini iPad preferred) as my main computer and playing with Garmin's Montana will be very difficult since there is no way to communicate with the GPS using iPad. I'd have to really plan my trip before I leave home so I can store them in Garmin's Cloud and use Basecamp Mobile to transfer tracks into SD card using Airstash before inserting the SD card into Montana.

    Yes, sure I could bring laptop.. but mini iPad sounds better because small is better when it comes to packing..

    So how good is Garmin's open source map?? I tried to download whole North America map and it said the file is way too large to download.. so I wonder if I was supposed to divide North America into 4 sections for downloading and add these section into SD card for Montana to read??
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  10. BustinJustin

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    At least in Ecuador the best map I've found is Open Streetmap. It's free, and you can easily download the region you want here: http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/

    I imagine that the OSM maps are better than the proprietary maps for many countries in the region so if I were traveling around I'd put the area I'm traveling through on a card. If you are so inspired and find problems with the map, you can fix them and benefit the next rider who uses them but you don't have to do so.

    Countries like Brazil may have better proprietary maps, but I've also heard good things about OSM maps there. Sometimes you get more than what you pay for. :)
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  11. motosurfer

    motosurfer Get tubed..

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    Hey guys, i'm hitting mex in about a week and will be riding down to patagonia after another year or so. I used to have a garmin nuvi, but no longer have it.

    I was considering upgrading to the Montana so I could upload topo maps etc and have the benefit of all its added features, but Garmin themselves say they dont have any topo maps for Central or South America, and gpstravelmaps.com also say they dont have any topo maps for that part of the world...

    My question is, does anyone know if there are decent topo maps available for central and south?

    Otherwise, what's the point in investing in a montana when I could just run another cheap nuvi with a waterproof mount..

    Any suggestions would be awesome - like I said, I leave in one week.. ha. Nothing like some last minute prep!!

    Thanks in advance:clap
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  12. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    motosurfer,

    What is the real benefit of using topo maps? I asked because I have montana but yet to use it. :lol3 I will have my chance real soon, though! And I highly doubt that topo maps are available for Central/South America yet.

    Good luck!
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  13. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    If you know how to read them, the very distinct advantage is not wondering around looking for a way out to come to an impassable area because of terrain. Example, if you know that the short route comes to either a cliff or a wall, that time can be saved and simply go the long way.

    For example.
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  14. dakrause

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    Cenrut has road and topo maps for Central America and just released a new version of the road map: http://www.cenrut.org/adw/over.htm
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  15. motosurfer

    motosurfer Get tubed..

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    Thanks Dakrause! Hard to know to just go a cheapy or something better, find it all a bit confusing! 2 more days.. ha
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