GPS maps of Mexico
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 10:55 AM Last Post By: mclarjh
Nov 14, 2012 12:48 PM
GPS maps of MexicoPlanning another road trip to Mexico and am thinking it is time to jump into the 20th century. I'm thinking a Garmin GPS with a Mexico SD card is a better choice than my old paper Guia Roji. Is this the best GPS package ? Which Garmin model and are the latest Garmin maps the best ?
Thanks for the help - - Berto
Nov 14, 2012 3:11 PM
1I believe there is one Garmin nuvi with the Mexico map built into it, or just buy a newer model with free map and traffic updates forever and the $50 mexico chip......
Nov 14, 2012 7:02 PM
2The way Garmin units work these days is thus:
Any Garmin model number followed by LM has lifetime maps included. If the model number is followed by LMT it also includes lifetime traffic.
Depending on where you buy a Garmin it should come with the North America 2013.20 map installed which will cover Canada, the USA and Mexico. Mexico is covered in great detail for all the cities and towns and highways large and small. Some very small towns or villages may not have street names but may show the streets.
Garmins coverage of Mexico is superior to the TomTom, forget about Magellan.
There is no separate SD card required. Though some units sold in the USA may only include the lower 48, buy another model instead with the complete NA coverage.
Only recommendation I can make is NOT to buy a model 1450. It is not a desired model to have. It also only has a 2GB internal storage which will limit future map updates unless installed in external memory. Current maps are about 1.7 GB.
All units speak directions and street names. Some have Bluetooth and some have voice command.
Nov 15, 2012 7:59 AM
3I don't want to hijack the thread, but am interested in handheld GPS devices for hiking in Mexico. Garmin makes the popular etrex series, and I have seen them for sale in Mexico too, but Garmin does not sell topographic maps of Mexico. Can anyone explain this?
Nov 15, 2012 9:21 AM
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Nov 15, 2012 8:15 PM
7Nr 4 what part of NO SD card is required do you not understand!!!
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See all kinds of reviews and a lot of negativity:
I am on my 3rd Garmin and would not have any other!
1st Nuvi 350
2nd Nuvi 855 with additional purchased lifetime updates
3rd Nui 3790 LMT
Nov 16, 2012 7:35 PM
Nov 17, 2012 7:31 AM
9I am trying to avoid the 21st century by going to Mexico.
Nov 17, 2012 7:34 AM
10And it looks like I will continue to use compass and paper maps for hiking in Mexico!
Nov 17, 2012 11:35 AM
11mclarjh - -
I came across this site during my search for GPS info.
It looks like the Bici Maps might meet your needs
Nov 17, 2012 3:20 PM
Nov 17, 2012 9:30 PM
13I agree with bajadude, the Garmin maps are superior to the Bici maps and are also way cheaper. I used Bici mappas when they started right up to version 3 when I gave up on them. Even if you buy a Garmin without the lifetime maps, you can buy the lifetime update for almost any Garmin for as little as about $ 70.00 from other than Garmin retailers and you are entitled to up to 4 updates each year.
Last time I bought Bici mappas their cost was about US$ 100.00!!!
Nov 18, 2012 10:55 AM
14Thanks Berto, Bici claims they now provide 20 m contour lines of Mexico starting in 2013, although the image they show is too small a scale for hiking; I'll investigate further.
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