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Photo by Igor Djokovic, camping above San Juan river, Arizona USA

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Igor Djokovic,
camping above San Juan river,
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i used:https://alternativaslibres.org/en/index.php
very good site and do pay him something for his work.
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Thanks for sharing this Jedi. Visting South America in July so this will definitely come in handy.
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A mate and I have spent the last 4 years riding the whole of South America, except Ecuador. We have always used Maps.me without incurring serious problems. The only caveat is that Maps.me will always give you the shortest route, not necessarily the easiest or fastest and the predicted travel time takes no account of terrain so disregard.

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Works for me...

To prepare for an upcoming trip I used this site to download maps for my Garmin GPS:
https://alternativaslibres.org/en/downloads.php
(donations requested by site)

I then supplemented the maps with Points of Interest (POI) by country:
https://ioverlander.com/countries/places_by_country
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POI NOTE: I used Garmin POI Loader (a free app) to upload the resources to my GPS. On my old and reliable Zumo 500, the added POIs are found here: Where to? > Extras.
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The dedicated GPS device market for motorcycles is dead or is on life support. They were great tools in their day and are going the way of the doo-doo bird.

My old and reliable Zumo 550 did not live up to expectations. Over the years I have owned three of them. One died and was exchanged for a refurbished device. It was then lost walking along the train tracks to Machu Picchu. The pins that keep the device charged while riding burnt and broke off on my 2023 South American tour.

My advice, buy a soft holder for your smartphone that attaches to your handlebars and use Google Maps (download data for offline use.) Buy a GIVI and be sure your phone fits comfortably. Or buy a series of cheap holders; the zipper wears out and will fail after several weeks of daily use.
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With apologies in advance if I am going against the spirit of this thread.

The dedicated GPS device market for motorcycles is dead or is on life support. They were great tools in their day. The motorcycle-specific GPS is going the way of the doo-doo bird.

An update to my last post, the old and reliable Zumo 550 did not live up to expectations. Over the years I have owned three of them. One died and was exchanged for a refurbished device. It was then lost walking along the train tracks to Machu Picchu. The third unit's cradle pins that keep the device charged while riding, burnt and broke off on my 2023 South American tour. Those were mechanical failures, but the real problem is the data and map sets mentality of GPS devices. On the road, I came to understand smartphones were better in so many ways to get me from point A to B, then oops, I need to go to C or something like C. The one-trick pony exits, stage right.

My advice, buy a soft holder for your smartphone that attaches to your handlebars and use Google Maps (download data for offline use.) Buy a GIVI and be sure your phone fits comfortably. Or buy a series of cheap holders; the zipper wears out and will fail after several weeks of daily use.
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