28 July, 2011

Dead Body - Honduras Copan Ruins

"Is that a dead body"? I asked out loud.
Driving the “back” roads in a third world country can quite often be exciting, from the occasional river crossing, to now seeing a person on the side of a dirt road who had obviously seen better days.
My wife didn’t answer my question at first until we finally drove by. I could tell she was confused and shocked at first, she wasn’t quite sure what we were seeing.
“Oh my gosh. OH my gosh. Oh MY GOSH!” Silence followed with her hand covering her mouth. Yeah, she was getting her fill of being in a place that wasn’t quite like home. I wasn’t expecting to see a body on the side of the road, but it wasn’t unexpected for me either. I had lived in Honduras for 2 years prior to this visit and had gotten used to seeing “unexpected” things. We didn’t stop the car. There was nothing we could do. It did make for interesting conversation for the next few hours.
We were on our way to the Copan Ruins, via the “scenic” route by driving through the small towns of La Esperanza and Gracias, which included some dirt road driving through some very rural areas. We had confidence in this route since we were using the Honduras GPS map from GPSTravelMaps.com. The country itself is beautiful, with the green mountains and hills. I was looking forward to seeing the Mayan ruins. I had only seen old Anasazi remnants in the Southwest U.S. up to this point, and wanted to experience some “jungle” ruins.
I was not disappointed in the least. The town of Copan Ruins is worth the visit jsut by itself. Cobblestone streets offer a very quaint feel. The food is great. (We had a great breakfast of “baleadas” and smoothies.) In the evening, it was fun to go and walk around and see the street vendors, catch a bite to eat at a local restaurant. It’s not too hard to pick out the “granola” type either. It was the week of Thanksgiving in the US and we couldn’t have picked a better week to be here. I think we even had the hotel to ourselves now that I think about it.
In the morning we went to ruins. It was a beautiful day, and our experience there was just about perfect. Hardly anyone there. It made for a unique experience, as the lack of tourists made the place seem even more sacred and peaceful. We did not hire a guide for which I was glad, but we used a paper map found in town that gave a suggested route to walk when in the ruins. Not having a guide meant we could take our time, take pictures, sit, walk, explore, look, and feel. We spent hours exploring, and even took some time to explore the underground tunnels where live excavating of the ruins is continuing to occur. I left the ruins feeling refreshed, and I think they even helped me not to mind all the potholes so much on the highway out of town.
Copan is a must see - must experience place.

Don't forget the Honduras GPS map by GPSTravelMaps.com and Geodata by Kaart Data -

26 July, 2011

Guadeloupe GPS Map

Guadeloupe GPS Map for Garmin Devices

This GPS map will give you turn by turn directions to your destination using a POI (point of interest), city point and/or latitude and longitude with the ability to preplan driving destinations before getting into your car. The easy to follow instructions allow you to download and install the map into Garmin Mapsource desktop software and transfer it to your Garmin GPS in minutes. Compatible with ALL Garmin GPS units.   Don't pay more than US$10 per day when you already own a Garmin, this is the most comprehensive GPS map available at such an affordable price!

Guadeloupe GPS Map Update History
v 1.0 | July 2011
•  Created original map including...
•  Highways throughout Guadeloupe.
•  Major Roads throughout Guadeloupe.
•  Local Roads throughout Guadeloupe.
•  City and town points.
•  Various POI's.
•  Caribbean Sea.

Other Caribbean GPS Maps Available

25 July, 2011

Instructions to Send Tracks and POIs (Points of Interest) - GPS Map Improvements

To send in your tracks from your GPS device of your travels or POIs then please -

If you have Garmin BaseCamp on your computer:
To send your track log and waypoints:
-Connect your Garmin device to your computer
-Open Garmin BaseCamp on your computer
-Your device should show up under "Library" on the left hand side of the screen.
-Click or highlight your device name
-Click "File" --> "Export"
-Browse to where you want to save the file, select a file format (.gdb or .gpx).
-Type a file name (remember where you save it). Click Save.
-Send the .gdb or .gpx file in an email to support@gpstravelmaps.com

If you have Garmin MapSource on your computer:
-Plug in your Garmin device to your PC
-Open Garmin MapSource on your PC 
-Click "Transfer" then "Receive From Device" 
-Click "Find Device" if your device does not show up in the dialog.
-Make sure your GPS device displays where it says "Device:"
-Check "Waypoints", "Tracks", and "Routes"
-Click "Receive". Your data is now is MapSource.
-Click "File" then "Save As"
-Type a name for the file (Remember where you are saving the file)
-Save as type - .gdb or .gpx 
-Click SAVE
-Attach the .gdb or .gpx file to an email and send to support@gpstravelmaps.com

Thank You,
GPSTravelMaps.com Team

The following GPS maps are available for instant download or an SD Micro card can be shipped to your home or business. Click on the country below to see more details. 


Antigua & Barbuda
Dominican Republic
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
Trinidad & Tobago
US Virgin Islands

Central America

Central America Bundle
Costa Rica
El Salvador

South America

Fortaleza, Brazil
Sacred Valley, Peru


Cape Town, South Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro

Indian Ocean



Hong Kong


Hawaiian Islands
New Zealand

North America

Las Vegas
New York City

Under Development

Sri Lanka