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The best map apps

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With the arrival ofsmartphones and the tablets have greatly simplified the way you travel. Today we have a multitude of tools that can help us manage a trip for free even at times when you do not haveInternet or coverage. Today we open a series of articles in which we will describe the applications that from Viaja por libre we consider indispensable. Using these types of tools will change the way you travel.


Classic or modern?

Yesterday and today of the maps

Since we started traveling we have always had one or several maps In our pockets. Of roads, of mountain, etc, but one has never been missing. Today they are still, but not because of mania, if not for a technical reason. Today there is still a very large limitation with the issue of batteries, They do not last more than one day !, and if your journey is long you can have a real problem. It is true that you can carry an external or solar charger, but they are slow and the first one is not inexhaustible. Therefore, unless you have a plug on hand, take your cell phone and a traditional map.


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Anyway, we carry extra batteries since the information on a device is unique, but this type of tricks we will tell you in another article.

The best map apps (IOS, Android or Windows)

A true adventurer without his map should not leave home. The applications that we are going to see next simplify your life in such a way that it will be very difficult for you to get lost anywhere in the world. With several of them even, you can drive without coverage, you just have to activate the GPS function and voila.

MotionX-GPS

Available for iPhone and iPad

If you consider yourself a mountaineer this is your application. MotionX-GPS is among our favorites every time we go out to the mountain to practice trekking. With this app it is possible download the maps Cartographic to have them activated even without coverage, in OFFLINE mode, so if you are anywhere in the world you can perfectly see the map and guide you to your destination. Besides, it allows you to share your activity on social networks and save your routes.


Motion X GPS

3D Maps

Only available for iPhone

One of the best for mountain biking or hiking, with the peculiarity of being oriented to 3D maps. It is very similar to the previous one, perhaps with fewer options, but easy to use. It is amazing to see how the mountains come out perfectly sculpted with their canyons and their edges, something that can help you when you do activities without a well-defined route.


3D Maps

CityMaps2GO

Available for iPhone and iPad

It is a very good option to manage your maps in OFFLINE mode. As with all other apps, you can download any map from anywhere in the world but unlike MotionX or 3D Maps, CityMaps2GO is aimed at road maps or of cities, since it has a free catalog of almost all countries by zones and by cities based on Opentreetmaps. A true pass for those who travel for free.


CityMaps2GO

Here Maps

Available for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android

If you are looking for an app where you can save the maps without coverage, this is yours. Here is the rival of Tom Tom, Garmin, Navigon, etc ... and has maps from all over the world. It is the perfect application to move by car or on foot. Besides, it has many 3D cities and tourist information.


Here

Maps.me (Mapswithme)

Available for iPhone, iPad and Android

The app of Maps.me has similar things with Here, since it allows you to take offline maps of the whole world without having to pull the 3G-4G. Google named it in 2014 as one of the best apps of the year, so you can access the idea of ​​the quality it has.

It allows you to create routes with the cartographic layer of OpenStreetMap, free-use maps with a quality comparable to Google Maps.


Maps.me

Google Maps and Google Earth

Available for iPhone, iPad and Android

They are authentic classics of your mobile and we can not stop talking about them. They have a excellent cartography and Google Earth a precision and detail of satellite images unmatched. But everything good can have a great negative aspect, both need internet to be "alive" and working. They are excellent when you have WIFI in a hotel to determine your next destination, but without coverage I am afraid that you will not be able to see any map.


Google Earth

BackCountry Navigator PRO GPS

Available for Android

For hiking enthusiasts this BackCountry Navigator PRO GPS. It allows you to plan routes, download maps with relief, measure distances, height, ascent or descent. Although we all know that carrying a mobile phone such as mountain GPS is not the best option, if you carry several batteries, this is your app.


BackCountry Navigator PRO GPS

Are you still tempted to travel without them? Try some of them, they will be your next downfall.

The best map apps.

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