BiciMapas Mexico GPS Atlas maps and the Garmin City Select Mexico NT maps
(16 Aug. 2007) by Jack Yeazel
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BICIMAPAS

General:
The Mexico GPS Atlas (available from Mexico Maps) is an update of the former BiciMapas Mexico Atlas, Mexico Atlas Topo, and Baja Expeditioner.  This product is the most complete and functional Garmin compatible GPS map for Mexico travel with 216MB of data instead of 87MB for the former maps, 2.5 times as much data.  Check the details in this (LINK).

The Atlas includes street-level mapping for 44 cities in Mexico (see a complete list below) including San Miguel de Allende and Puerto Vallarta.  The Highways have been updated to 2007 data.  The full product sells for $190 (a 180 MB download).  Individual Regions of the Baja Expeditioner, Northeast, Central Mexico, Western, Copper Canyon, Isthmus, and Mayan Riviera are $95 (HERE).

Street Search in Mexico:
The address system in Mexico is different in some aspects to the one used in the USA. The Garmin receivers use the American system and some adaptations for street search were made to work better.  BiciMapas is working on a detailed visual aid to do street search which they will publish soon.  Meanwhile use this general procedure based on your GPS receiver model:

nuvi and StreetPilots:
1. Click "Address"
2.  Select "Mexico" when asked for the country
3.  Select "Search all"
4. When asked for the number, enter any number as the data base does not include house numbering yet.
5. All the choices with that name will show. Select the street you are looking for based on the city being searched.

Handheld models (series 60, 76, Quest, Etrex, etc)
1. Select "Address"
2. Enter a house number. Any number, as our data base does not include house numbering yet
3. Enter the street name and select the one you are looking for from the list.
4. All the options with that name will show. Select the one you are looking for based on the city.

PURCHASE:
In order to purchase the maps, you will need to give the vendor your unit internal ID number and verify that you have either MapSource or Trip & Waypoint Manager (obtainable from the vendor).  Then you will receive a receipt, a download link, and an unlock code for the map.

NOTES:
1. The Mexico GPS Atlas maps require a MapSource map or MapSource Trip & Waypoint Manager (around $30) to load the maps into your GPS receiver.  If you have a receiver that does not come with a DVD of a MapSource map, you will need this additional software.  Some units  with pre-installed maps come without a DVD of the maps,  such as a Nuvi or the StreetPilot cXXX series.  However,  customers with US (only) maps can request that Garmin send them a DVD copy of their installed map which will include the MapSource program.
2. With the BiciMapas maps, you have a map that can also be displayed on MapSource (along with your GPS data) -unlike the Garmin Mexico NT maps, which cannot be shown on a PC screen.
3. In this review we do not have any recorded GPS data to show on the Detailed Coverage areas of the Garmin Mexico maps.

AUTOROUTING:
The Atlas now has an auto routing and navigation feature in highways, streets, unpaved roads, double and single lanes.
There are more than 280,000 towns and rural locations, over 45,000 points of interest database including, geographical features such as beaches, mountains, lakes, dams, rivers, and so forth.  Also, urban points of interest such as hospitals,
government buildings, shopping centers, and over 1500 gas stations along the Mexican Highways network.
The maps contain International and state boundaries, lakes, rivers, and national parks.

TOPOGRAPHIC:
Contours are provided at 50 meter (164 Ft) intervals for the Baja Peninsula and 100 meter (328 Ft) intervals for the remainder of the country.

City Coverage:
Baja California-Mexicali, Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito, San Felipe, Ensenada Baja California Sur-Constitución, San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz.
Campeche-Campeche, Coahuila-Torreón, Chihuahua-Chihuahua Distrito Federal-Ciudad de México.
Durango-Cd. Lerdo, Gomez Palacios.
Guanajuato-Guanajuato, León, San Miguel de Allende.
Guerrero-Acapulco.
Hidalgo-Pachuca.
Jalisco-Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta.
Morelos-Cuernavaca, Jiutepec.
México-Atizapán, Tlalnepantla, Naucalpan, Huixquilican, Ecatepec,
Nezahualcoyotl, Cuautitlán, Cuautitlan Izcalli, Tultitlan, Coacalco,
Toluca, Valle de Bravo.
Nuevo León-Monterrey.
Oaxaca-Oaxaca.
Puebla-Puebla, San Andrés Cholula, San Pedro Cholula.
Querétaro-Querétaro.
Quintana Roo-Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Chetumal.
San Luis Potosí-San Luis Potosí.
Sinaloa-Mazatlán.
Sonora-Hermosillo, Puerto Peñasco.
Tabasco-Villahermosa.
Veracruz-Veracruz.
Yucatán-Mérida.

GARMIN

General:
The Garmin City Select Mexico NT (micro)SD Card is about $160, check for latest discount prices (HERE).  Both the Garmin and BiciMapas maps will autoroute.  Garmin's Mexico NT maps have detailed coverage of Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalupe, Zapopan, and San Pedro.  These maps include points of interest for: food and drink, lodging, attractions, entertainment, shopping, emergency services and more.

This map will automatically create point-to-point routes on compatible Garmin GPS units and contains motorways, national and regional thoroughfares and local roads including turn restrictions and speed categories.

Coverage Index of the New BiciMapas Mexico GPS Atlas

A list of map sections is to the left.  NOTE: Set the View, Map Detail to Higher for proper selections.

Coverage Index of the New Garmin Mexico Maps

Auto Routing
Screen Shots of the  BiciMapas Mexico GPS Atlas and Garmin Mexico NT maps
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Garmin zumo 550 Autorouting to the Westin Hotel in Chihuahua with the Mexico GPS Atlas


Examples of Garmin's Autorouting with the Mexico NT Map

Mainland Mexico
Garmin GPSmap 76Cx
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Central Mexico City   °        Guadalupe                   °   Copper Canyon       °                     Guadalajara

(BiciMapas Mexico GPS Atlas (Above) and Garmin's Mexico NT Maps (Below)

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Central Mexico City   °        Guadalupe                   °   Copper Canyon       °                     Guadalajara

The blue lines are actual GPS track recordings while visiting Mexico.
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Zapopan           °                 Chihuahua         °                      Monterrey           °           Huixquilican

 BiciMapas Mexico GPS Atlas (Above) and Garmin's Mexico NT Maps (Below)

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Zapopan           °                 Chihuahua         °                      Monterrey           °           Huixquilican

Baja California
BiciMapas GPS Mexico Atlas                                             Garmin's Mexico NT Maps
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      La Paz                             Cabo San Lucas          °               La Paz                            Cabo San Lucas

A web site of our complete Mexico trip in 2002 can be found (HERE).