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 Follow Ron & Viv Moon as they continue their travels and adventure - SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA NORTH AMERICA OVERLAND.                  

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PAGE 2 - Pre-trip Planning & Preparation


Remember the old army adage:
'Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance'


Guidebooks, Maps and the Web

Guidebooks

rough guidesFor individual countries we reckon the Rough Guides (www.roughguides.com) are the best guidebooks for the self-drive independent traveller.

footprint south american handbookFootprint’s South American Handbook is brought out each year and is now in its 86th edition! It’s a great place to start your planning. (http://www.footprinttravelguides.com/live/index.php)

americas overlandThe book, Americas Overland – The Driving Handbook, by Donald Green has a lot of useful info for the overlander. (http://www.americasoverland.net/)

mexican campingThere’s a handy guide for overlanders to Mexico called Mexican Camping, by Mike & Terri Church. This guide also covers a few campsites in Guatemala and Belize. They have a range of other camping guides for North America (see: www.rollinghomes.com).

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Maps on Paper and for GPS
Getting maps for South America is a little different to Africa and Russia – you really are spoilt for choice!

While there are a lot of good maps around, once again we liked the paper maps from Rough Guides … when you could get them.

There are also a number of different maps available for GPS units and computers.

BS mapsThe German based BS Maps (www.bsmap.de) were helpful in supplying maps compatible with OziExplorer (www.oziexplorer.com).

garminFor maps suitable for use on Garmin GPS units check out:
www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us/maps/mpcpage


hemaFrom Hema Maps (www.hemamaps.com.au) we also got all of South America (@ 1:1,000,000 scale) in Memory Map format for my Hema HN5 Navigator.


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Websites

There’s a host of tourist type websites on each country but one of the best sites we have come across is:

world travelswww.wordtravels.com

Most of the guidebook publishers have websites that have varying amount of info that is of use. A couple of other useful websites for info include:

horizons unlimitedwww.horizonsunlimited.com



southern american explorershttp://www.saexplorers.org


camping gowww.campingo.com/campsite.html

Amongst the many overland travellers who have blogs on their journeys (and a lot of info on campsites and the like) through South and Central America we’ve enjoyed following the exploits of:

http://overland.dreamers1.com/ - The Kingsmill's Overland Adventures

http://www.silkroute.org.uk - The Silk Route Motorcaravan Network
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