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GPS maps for Mexico & Central Am. - Garmin nuvi 1450LM

I tried to purchase GPS maps for Mexico and Central America for my Garmin Nuvi 1450 LM, only to find out that Garmin doesn't have them (!?!). So I have to get 3rd party maps. I've been searching the web - I found very expensive options as well as free downloads and I have no clue as to what to take. Any recommendations? Thanks a lot!!!
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CENRUT and OSM

Try Cenrut.org for good free Central America Maps. You have to do the MapSource install on your computer first. Takes a little time but there are English instructions on the site.
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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is good in most of Mexico and Central America too. Check out this page of overall info. https://www.openstreetmap.org/
There are lots of different ways to download and install OSM maps. Probably someone else can give better advice than me.

Good luck!
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For how to use OSM you can read this forum Navigation - Maps, Compass, GPS - The HUBB especially the top of the list sticky thread - there are hours of reading in that forum about maps and GPS.
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Try Cenrut.org for good free Central America Maps. You have to do the MapSource install on your computer first. Takes a little time but there are English instructions on the site.
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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is good in most of Mexico and Central America too. Check out this page of overall info. https://www.openstreetmap.org/
There are lots of different ways to download and install OSM maps. Probably someone else can give better advice than me.

Good luck!
Worked for me. Weird at first but plow through it.
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Actually, the Mapsource install is not required for Cenrut.

I suggest you take a look at the English overview page:
Overview of the CenRut project

If you want to get fancy, you can overlay Cenrut on the (transparent) Centopo map, for which the Mapsource method IS required. Enjoy!
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Worked for me. Weird at first but plow through it.
So if I download another map (openstreetmap for example), will that be an additional map on my GPS (besides the USA map that I have on there), or will it overwrite it? The thing is I need both and I don't want to do this on the trip. But if it overwrites it, then I will have to ... why do things have to be so complicated?
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Moto_girl. Check your inbox.
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Worked for me. Weird at first but plow through it.
So I tried the openstreetmap thing. I downloaded it to my computer and then to my gps device - I can tell it's on there, because now there is less free space. However, the device doesn't seem to recognize the maps. When I want to check distance to some place in MEX, it says "no match found". It looks like it defaults to the garmin base world map that's on there (meaning you can see major cities and highways, but you can't use the "go to" function or tell how far it is to some place) ... and I don't know how to tell it to use the other map. Any advice?
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So if I download another map, will that be an additional map on my GPS, or will it overwrite it?
Yes, you can have multiple maps on your GPS. I suggest you go onto the Cenrut site, mention the GPS model you have, and ask the same question.
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