Proven GPS maps of Costa Rica

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  1. fishdawgz

    fishdawgz living the dream

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    Looking for GPS mapping for Costa Rica. I've read all other ADV related posts (may very dated) and haven't found much that is recent. Any ideas?
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  2. dakrause

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  3. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

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    I am a GPS newbie. How can I import this map to my Nuvi?
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  4. eakins

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    you need mapsource or basecamp on your computer
    then install these maps
    then transfer the map segments you want on to your gps
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  5. eakins

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    those maps are compressed (.rar)
    same idea as a .zip file.
    you need to un-rar them (uncompress) w/ this windows program
    http://www.stuffit.com/
    http://www.win-rar.com/download.html
    xp is 32 bit
    most win 7 are 64bit
    vista could be either

    with either of those programs loaded, right click on the downloaded and select extract/uncompress here.
    you'll then have all the files. run the .exe and then open mapsource or basecamp. i just did and the maps are there listed as Cen Rut v 2.3. the maps are routeable!

    i think mac has built in software to un-rar (if not use stuffit) , but this map installer might be windows only.
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    great work david
    many thanks!!!!
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  7. Chiriqui Charlie

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    Wow, thanks!! This will make it worthwhile to take my GPS to Costa Rica!
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  8. DRTBYK

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    The cenrut.org project has some nice maps but their installer is Windows only. They need to rethink that.

    UPDATE: I found a link to a Mac Install version on the CenRut.org forum - if you need it.

    Cheers,
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  9. herfjr

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    I just downloaded the CenRut into MapSource and as I was comparing the Osa Penninsula area on CenRut to Google Maps, I noticed many discrepancies.

    It looks like there is alot of information missing especially in this area.

    I too would like to take my Garmin 2610 to Costa Rica, but I am not sure how well this will work. I will try it and let you know in the next couple months.
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  11. Chiriqui Charlie

    Chiriqui Charlie Been here awhile

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    I just did exactly the same thing! I loaded it into my Nuvi 1200, and I will be heading to the Oso next week! Where will you be coming from, what will you be riding, and what are your plans?
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    I will not be riding on this particular trip. This trip we will be in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Our intentions are to scope out the area. We are looking to buy a couple of Tenere's. A small dirt bike like a Honda 230 might be suitable too.

    Anyway, let me know when you get back what you discover. I would appreciate that very much. PM me if you wish.

    -Iris

    ps. IMHO.....for the post above, I have not heard very many good reviews on the GPSTravelMaps to date. Perhaps they are better now, but I have no experience with them myself.
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  13. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    I would be interested in the "reviews" - I've only seen one person's feedback on this site and that was regarding the first release of the Costa Rica maps last year. I do know that the folks at GPSTravelMaps frequent this site and appreciate inmate feedback. They seem to be working hard to produce high quality products. You might want to drop them an email and ask for a comparison of the area you want to travel with say, Google maps - since that seems to be one "coverage" reference points in this discussion.

    Hope you have a safe and successful journey.

    Cheers,
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  15. DRTBYK

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    Thanks for the link.

    Cheers,
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  16. rritterson

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    Last time we were in Costa Rica, we relied on a compass, a full tank of gas, written directions, and occasionally a helpful local. Even finding a map with anything more than the lowest level of detail was hard, so we spent 60% of our time on roads not on the map. When off the major paved roads, every road intersections had signs pointing how far to different towns down each fork, but it often seemed that town X was east of us at one intersection and then west of us at the next. When we were trying to get from Monteverde back to the Interamericana, we knew that if we kept going west, we eventually have to run into it, and, after what seemed like forever, we finally did.

    I looked back at google maps near Monteverde just now. It's better than the map we had with us, but still doesn't show much compared to the number of potential routes that are actually there. If you went with a GPS that was only as good as google maps, you'd be hurting. The sample shots from gpstravelmaps.com look quite good though.
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  17. Hipster

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    I used the Cen Rut map set for Costa Rica and it worked very good. However, the auto routing feature didn't work very well as it would sometimes route you the very long way around (to main highways) to get you to your end point.
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  18. herfjr

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    Thanks!
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  19. dakrause

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    Cenrut 2.8 is out and includes significant improvements in Costa Rica. Check it out- it's free, you have nothing to lose!
    http://www.cenrut.org/adw/over.htm
    (Yes Dan, the link for the Mac version is there!)

    I would like to say that if you want the overall best available map of Costa Rica and don't mind paying the money, then buy the map from NAVSATCR. These two are the only two options worth considering in Costa Rica: Cenrut(I am part of the project) and NAVSATCR( I have no relation to this company).
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  20. tbrode

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    I have been down to Costa Rica a number of times, most recently was November 2011. Had no luck finding a good map. The gentleman that I rent bikes from could not even recommend a good source. I was also down in February and rented a car for 2 weeks, we also rented a gps from the auto rental that worked pretty well. Don't know the source of the map, but if you look into auto rentals they may be able to advise you as to what Co. they use.
    Terry
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