Paper maps for South America

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  1. CarbonCat

    CarbonCat Long timer

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    Hi guys,
    Finally, the trigger is pulled, im going next month to South America - start and end in Santiago . I'm thinking about a loop of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile.

    What are good paper maps for that part of the world? Michilen ? National Geographic Adventure?

    I'm going with my wife, we are gonna ride r1200gsa - so probably would stick mostly to black top.

    Thanks a lot!
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  2. Section8

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    These are what I'm going to use, they seem fairly legible image.jpeg
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  3. CarbonCat

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    Where did you get them? I just checked Amazon, but it only has Baja map of this brand. Can you also post an image of detail? Thanks!
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  4. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    Those are the ITM's (International travel Maps) you can go right to there web site, or most major brick and mortar book stores have them...
    They are what I use, and they are water proof and tear resistant... not all but some are... as you can see in the above picture, Argentina and Colombia both are...
    hope this helps..
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  5. Section8

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    image.jpeg
    Ordered them from the "Map Store" in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    Robert.
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  6. MotoMigrant

    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/155341473X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Only wanted to carry one large map, I find anymore that I don't need such detail, especially if staying on tarmac. I have a phone for everything else, detail gps etc. Just dropped off our 2 DR 650s to the freight company yesterday, they should arrive in Santiago by tue or wed. Going to the bottom and then we have 4 months to kill, see ya on the road!
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  7. Slowphil

    Slowphil Big Man in a very very small pond

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    I second these, used them from Nova Scotia to Ushuaia mostly as a backup to the gps. They also have large maps of central and south america which are handy as an overview of your journey.
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  8. Parcero

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    ITMs are the best. Not 100% current, but close enough. Waterproof and tear resistant (most, but not all, as going south pointed out) make them perfect to fold to show the current area and place inside a tank bag map pocket. When you get to Colombia if you want a more detailed map, they sometimes sell a complete roadmap book of the whole country at toll booths. I bought one called Mapa de la Ruta and it’s excellent.
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  9. BonnerC

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    How are you planning on shipping your bike?
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  11. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    ". Going to the bottom and then we have 4 months to kill, see ya on the road!""

    Just curious ,never having been there , but isn't it getting really late autumn for bike travel at the far southern tip and Ushuaia?
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  12. guyfawkes

    guyfawkes Move along, nothing to see here

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    Im not sure why you would want a paper map for that part of the world, even google maps is barely up to date once you leave mexico heading south, other than the main routes its all a dice roll imo
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  13. Parcero

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    Having been traveling around that part of the world almost every other month for the past couple of years I can say that GPS maps are now very current and accurate in South America. I prefer maps.me to Garmin, but Google works well, too. Back in 2011 when I first ventured south of the border, GPS maps of Central and South America were more like base maps, with very little detail. Now, turn-by-turn navigation is possible everywhere and I’m able to locate hotels, gas stations, restaurants and other POIs just like in the U.S. Kind of takes the fun out of it, in a way.
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  14. kantuckid

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    My oldest son has a Colombian GF and uses his phone there exclusively.
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  15. holckster

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    maps.me on I-phone worked perfect for us.
    Just type in destination or hotel by name and goes right to it.
    Safe Travels
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