Guide to Free Overland GPS Maps


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May 26, 2013
Guide to Free Overland GPS Maps
The majority of GPS units come pre-installed with local routable maps for the region where the unit is purchased, however once you leave your region you will be required to purchase and install new maps.

Garmin North America and Mexico Coverage
Most maps these days are expensive, reaching up to £130 per region. Once you are outside Europe or North America, the coverage, accuracy and quality of the purchased maps drop, and in some spots no coverage is provided at all.

Garmin South America Coverage

Luckily today in the open source world there are many products filling the gaps, on most occasions these maps are free and easy to install!

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is one of the best known projects, which is continually being updated and provides truly global coverage. This website allows you to download routable open street map data in a format compilable for use with either PC software or dedicated satellite navigation devices.

Throughout Central and South East Asia we found the OpenStreetMaps indispensable, and would recommend them in preference to paid for maps.


To find out how to install the maps on your GPS please see the OpenStreetMap Wiki .

Other country specific free maps:
Central America Cenrut BiciMapas
South America Proyetcto MapearConoSur
Argentina Proyectomapear
Brazil Tracksource
Boliva Geo Group
Colombia Colrut
Peru Perut
Venezuela VenRut
New Zealand NZ Open GPS
Malaysia Malfreemaps MalsingMaps
Indonesia Navigasi
Albania Bunkertrails
Morocco Marokko

Paid for Maps
Africa Tracks4Africa
SE AsiaRotweiler Maps

Mapping Software

Garmin - Base camp / Map Source

Maps and Apps for Phones
Here maps - are NAVTEQ and provide free offline maps not just for windows phones but also Android & Iphone

Maps Me - Offline maps for Android & Iphone

Please help to keep this thread up-to-date with the latest maps!
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New Overlander
Jun 26, 2020
North Eastern, Maryland
When we special order the 2017 Jeep wrangler unlimited we did not want it with all the electronic gadgets as we were going to add these items our self. For the last three years, we've been using the Offline Maps & Navigation app via Google Play. The mapping system is offline, except that one still needs to have the Google location active in order to successfully navigate. There's been only one instance where the map couldn't locate itself and this was because we were driving over a newly constructed bridge. This app also have a GPS system, but the only way to access it is to when you save a waypoint/location. There's a pop up window with all the saved information including the GPS location.


The wife and I are a team when it comes to navigation. I drive and she navigates. Placing the tablet into the jeep's passenger grab handle this has been the perfect spot for her. Within reach and tilted so that no sunlight can distort the image on the screen. This navigation system has allowed us to explore our surroundings with creating a predesignated map. Although our travels have a starting point and an ending point, The router getting there and back is completely made up. The app is completely free and uses
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