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Old 01-11-2008, 06:54 AM   #1
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Thumb Top site free Garmin GPS maps

There seem to be constant questions re. Garmin GPS maps for developing countries and out-of-the-way-places, and the Mapsource maps simply don't cover them well...

Recently I discovered this site which I believe is the best to find free Garmin GPS maps from all over the world: http://garminmapsearch.com/
& easy to use, too!
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Old 01-23-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Hummm .. does not list them all ...

My first look is usually http://mapcenter.cgpsmapper.com/catalogue.php

Considering most people use cgpsmapper to make the garmin maps ..
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:35 AM   #3
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from my site

Free Garmin GPS Maps
Caribbean Map Project: GPS Maps for Central America and Caribbean


ViajerosMapas: GPS Maps for Peru, Bolivia, Chile. I have not download them so I don't know if they are any good.


Proyecto Map Ear: GPS Map for Argentina. Very detailed!


Projecto Tracksource: GPS Map for Brasil. Very detailed!


GpsXchange: starting up with cool concept of exchanging tracks waypoints etc.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Venezuela Free Maps

Free Maps for Venezuela
http://www.gpsve.net/poll/index.php
They work only with Garmin GPS
They are excellent, very detailed (they even have every street name on every city and small to medium sized town)....good for both on road and off road.... They have lots of info like gas stations, hotels, pharmacies, hospitals, airports, liquor stores, supermarkets, etc, etc.
They are updated with new data at least once per month.
Although do not rely too much on the autorouting function, use common sense.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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Thanks guys... I needed alot of this stuff!
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:10 PM   #6
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So, how does the garminmapsearch work with Garmin mapsource?

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:01 PM   #7
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So, how does the garminmapsearch work with Garmin mapsource?
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:57 PM   #8
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Does anyone know if this will work with the Garmin 60CSX
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:46 PM   #9
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how to use these files?

I have no idea how to use these garmin image files? I think i have the one i want, but I have no idea how to load it on the GPS.

Help?
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:26 AM   #10
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If you are using a Garmin handheld or chartplotter download some freeware called Mapupload and it will put the img file on the gps. Be sure to click the "add to existing maps" button or it will wipe out any other maps you have on the unit.

Here is the link http://www.mapwel.biz/down.htm

If you are using a zumo, then simply rename the file gpmapsupp.img and place it on the SD card or the unit itself. On the zumo you can only have a total of 2 supplemental maps (gpmapsupp.img) one on the unit itself and one on the SD card.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:33 AM   #11
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If you are using a Garmin handheld or chartplotter download some freeware called Mapupload and it will put the img file on the gps. Be sure to click the "add to existing maps" button or it will wipe out any other maps you have on the unit.

Here is the link http://www.mapwel.biz/down.htm

If you are using a zumo, then simply rename the file gpmapsupp.img and place it on the SD card or the unit itself. On the zumo you can only have a total of 2 supplemental maps (gpmapsupp.img) one on the unit itself and one on the SD card.
I'll give it a shot tonight. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:25 AM   #12
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Lots of free Garmin maps here

Hi,
for those still looking for free Garmin GPS maps...
There is this site mapsntrails which has pretty much the largest collection of GPS maps from basically everywhere.
They also included mapcenter (with preview for the maps), as well as OSM maps and many "self-made maps" from different users.
That's the only site I ended up using, cause they really combine everything!
http://www.mapsntrails.com/en

Cheers and greetings!

P.S. And for those who don't know how to install maps on your gps or how to deal with img files, they also have some instructions on there as well as links to nice tools
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:17 PM   #13
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mapsearch

Hi,
actually I just saw that Mapsntrails also has a mapsearch which is a lot better than the gpsmapsearch.
You can find it here.
It shows the boundaries of the map as well as a preview.
I love it!

http://www.mapsntrails.com/en/garminmapsearch
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:13 PM   #14
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noobie needs a primer

I have a garmin 2610. I am going to Mexico at the beginning of August (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, to be specific)

I have 2007 city navigator and the 2008 update installed.

I see BICIMAPAS (sp?) seems to be the favorite and there are several free downloads.

Can someone steer me to how I get these into my Garmin?? I've never had much luck getting anything free from garmin.

Thanks in Advance
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:12 PM   #15
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I have a garmin 2610. I am going to Mexico at the beginning of August (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, to be specific)

I have 2007 city navigator and the 2008 update installed.

I see BICIMAPAS (sp?) seems to be the favorite and there are several free downloads.

Can someone steer me to how I get these into my Garmin?? I've never had much luck getting anything free from garmin.

Thanks in Advance
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I don't think you can download the Bicimapas map for free, or at least I don't know where.

I use the Mexico GPS Atlas, bought online from Bicimapas:

http://www.bicimapas.com.mx/English.htm

Very good map on and off road. It's routable (turn by turn) by I wouldn't trust this function 100% as been the best ROUTE you can take in any given location.

I also use the E32 map:

http://www.cartografiagps.com/

Very good detail for off road and street level in urban areas. Not routable.

Hope this helps
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