In South America early 2018 I quickly learned that most every tourist was using the free maps.me app every day.
I was using Google Maps offline.
Google has the best map data in the world.
Maps.me uses Open Street Map data.
Soon I was using both apps and comparing the results. Google Maps offline might be better but it’s far more complicated. You must define the exact square area you want to download. Files sizes are huge.
Maps.me does only one thing.And it does it well.
Opening the app in a new geographical area while on wifi results in one prompt asking if you want to download the maps for your current area. It’s dead easy.
Offline it uses GPS to pinpoint your location.
Surprisingly some hiking trails are included in the Open Street Map data.
Viewranger offers no coverage for Chile and Argentina. Sounds like Gaia GPS is best for those nations.
I can download Patagonian maps and use them offline on the trail.
Gaia GPS is free to try for a week. Subscription membership costs $19.99/year while a Premium Membership is $39.99/year.
I joined the lower tier plan hoping the additional maps would help in South America. For Aconcagua Park, Argentina, for example, none of the layers are much good aside from Satellite with Labels. You can see the trails clearly beside water sources, tents, etc.
I’ll try it when I get there in a week or so.
Gaia claims to be superior to AllTrails in most regards, as well. And less expensive.
Unfortunately their shop offers none for Chile nor Argentina.
I’m really keen on augmented reality showing me peaks, towns, lakes, cliffs, ridgelines, mountain passes, and even glaciers up to 20 miles away. That’s the Skyline feature available from within ViewRanger.
Here’s an iOS application specially design for tracking walks and hikes.
LetsWalk allows you to track your daily steps, count calories and record your hikes. It also has social features so you share your hikes with friends and review other people’s hikes. It is very similar to having a Fitbit but it is free and and works directly with your phone.
Currently, LetsWalk has over 50k users from all around the world, and they are growing very rapidly. They plan to add features to create hiking groups, to share hiking experiences, to read hiking blogs within the app and to add a web portal.
We would like you to invite you to try out LetsWalk by visiting this link: