Exploring with digital maps challenge

We have been exploring for over 2 years many properties in Latinamerica. The following have been the most reliable tools so far. Sometimes no Internet/3G (no coverage or too much demand). No GPS-Satellite (too many trees in the jungle). No Electricity to reload the batteries 🙂

It has been a real challenge to find good map-solutions with digital terrain elevation contour information. Same for our Garmin device witch operates with the free open source solution from OpenStreetMaps (OSM) http://wiki.openstreetmap.org Still trying to find a better information source here… more research is needed. Although I found another source of information regarding the How & Where to Find Free,  Digital, Topographic Maps… here.

 

Best “Save GPS points” no need of Internet connection
smartphone app “MAPS.ME”
http://maps.me/

MapsMe Ecuador  MapsMe Ecuador  MapsMe Ecuador

Best “Terrain” altitude info map (altitude information = elevation from sea level)
Google Maps – Terrain view
https://www.google.com/maps/

Google Maps Terrain View

 

Best “Road” and “Terrain Contour” info
OpenStreetMap
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

OpenStreetMap Road Terrain Contour

 

 

Best “River” info map
Yahoo / Flickr Map
https://www.flickr.com/map Yahoo Flickr Maps

 

Permaculture zone planning

Now for calculating the property sizes it’s not to complex to work with Google Earth / Pro and to do some permaculture zone planning for example. Actually Google Earth / Pro is rather straight forward to use, yet powerful interface, can be mastered in a few steps and provide you with a map you can print or share online. There is a great and detailed article about Using Google Earth to zone your farm is a great planning tool here so no need to re-write.

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