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Old 1 Sep 2007
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Maps of South America on Paper!!

Guys, I am looking for the best maps on paper that I can get for central & south America. Sorry to all GPS loving fans but maybee I am old School.

I need to see the bigger picture I guess to plan where I want to go, and no 4 inch screen can do that.

Have heard some good things about IMB in vancouver n Geo Maps. All wordly wise n Old School knowledge is wellcome.

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I have bought a few recently for some planning and went for Rough Guide/Reise maps because they are plastic / water proof so might even survive a real trip!

Rough guide maps:

Argentina 1:2,000,000
Chile 1:1,600,000
Peru (has S of Quito too so didn't buy an Ecuador map) 1:500,000

Reise:

Bolivia 1:300,000

How they compare to the others I'm not sure. Have no idea how accurate they are genuinely how durable as I've only just started planning!
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Best maps for Chile, and Free

For Chile you can find good and actualized maps in

Mapas Ruteros de Chile - Mapas de Ciudades de Chile - Cuadros de Distancias
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SA maps

check out www.mapart.com

way to go man...maps are the way to go...so many people like to see where you've been and it's such a great conversation piece to pull out a map and watch the kids stare in amazement at where you've been...GPS (great piece of shit)!

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Omnimap.com - world leader in map supply is a good siurce.
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While I wouldn't go so far as to call GPS garbage, I don't rely on it for the long hauls. I do happily, joyfully, and gratefully use it in strange cities. I can plug in the waypoint for a hotel, campground, or attraction site and just follow the arrow without stopping to ask for directions. Sorry, I know I don't have a lot of experience using it yet, but it was great helping us find a museum whose brochure listed coordinates, for finding our way to a place in Boise, and for getting us connected on the right intersection without worrying about looking for signs. I wouldn't go anywhere without my paper maps though.
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I picked up all my maps of S. America at Barnes and Noble...with the exception of Colombia. They couldn't even order a Colombian map??? Prices were cheaper than anything I could get online (shipping versus local sales tax). The maps I liked were made by Borch. Laminated 1:4,000,000 scale. ($12.50 US/map out the door [i.e. including tax])

I think a combination of Maps and GPS is best. I learned my lesson in an earlier trip this year. I was using only GPS and found that many roads ran out on me. I ended up going cross country through an open pit coal mine! It was fun in retrospect, but put me back a few hours.
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