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A few weeks ago while talking about iphone navigation apps, a couple of nice ladies riding bicycles suggested directU South America app. I have been using it ever since and it’s been great. The app is just under 400mb which is pretty small considering that all the SA maps are preloaded. The best part about the app is that it’s FREE. You can also use it on an iPod touch or iPad without a GPS. The app has great information in large cities and towns as well with streets showing names and numbers. Topographic information is also available.

Here is what the Apple App store has to say:

“South America – Offline map with directU – (free)” is a FREE offline map-browser application.
All map files are preloaded with full details. NO NEED FOR INTERNET CONNECTION WHILE USING THE APP.


– Trip computer (the following information can be displayed: speed, GPS coordinate, position accuracy, bee-line distance and elevation)
– Full iPhone 4 support (with retina display)
– iPad support
– Navigate using the TrueNorth feature in the compass
– Multitouch zoom added
– Search for cities
– Find the street nearest to your destination
– Advanced Search options
– Add locations to your Favorites
– Fresh OSM maps (for more info, visit
– Navigate and see real time how far away you are


If you have an iPhone and like traveling, this is a great mapping product to have! It saves Google Maps in the cache. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best offline Google Map software I know of. If you buy it, the software is 99 cents which is totally worth it. You can also use it for free with adds showing up.

Here is the website, although most of it is in some asian writing. You can just search the app store for KLMaps instead.

Rainfall in America chart

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Tools

I told a few people about this chart and kept forgetting to post it. I didn’t make it, someone from another forum I think. I copied it on my laptop a long time ago.

Anyway, what this chart shows is the rainfall throughout the year by American countries. It’s a useful tool I find to plan your trip.

oMaps for iPhone travelers

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Tools

There is a mapping software worth mentioning for all you iPhone travelers. It’s called oMaps and you can download it from the iTunes store for 2$ or “free” if you have a jailbroken iPhone with installous.

The software uses similar maps to Google maps and allows you to download them to your iPhone so that you can use them offline. It’s really useful, specially in central America where even Google maps doesn’t have much on smaller cities and towns. You do need a decent speed Wifi to download the somewhat large cache files.

Google maps has nothing on the town I’m in now plus you have to be online to access the restricted Google. oMaps uses an open map system and has every street in this town.


Posted: November 29, 2010 in Tools

So I heard about this spotwalla from a couple of people and finally set it up on my device as well. The major difference between the regular SPOT tracking and Spotwalla is that Walla doesn’t delete old coordinates while the regular spot tracking deletes everything older than a month. So I added the SpotWalla link at the top under the My SPOT location tab.