Maps Dealers & Sources

Map Dealers & Sources: Buy at least one good Mexican road map or atlas before you leave home. You’ll pay more than you would in Mexico, of course, but you might not find them until late in your trip, if then, so the convenience is well worth the extra cost….

Road Maps & Driving Atlases

•Road Maps & Driving Atlases: Opening a fresh road map and spreading it out on the kitchen table are among the many pleasures of planning a trip to Mexico. So many highways, trails and tempting side roads… yet so little time….  Article and map reviews by Carl Franz.

Road Maps of Mexico: Single Sheet

•Road Maps of Mexico: Single Sheet: Over the years I’ve collected a large box of various single-sheet maps of Mexico. Those we actually recommend most and use ourselves, however, come from three publishers: One, Traveller’s Reference Map of Mexico (ITM), includes single sheet maps of Mexico and its principal regions. They also publish great maps of Guatemala and El Salvador, Belize, and Honduras….

State & City Maps

•State & City Maps: For exploring and backroad touring, I prefer Guia Roji’s Mexico Tourist Road Atlas, (either the Spanish or English version), in combination with a single-sheet road map of the entire country. The individual state maps are good, but offer no great advantage in terms of detail or readability….

Topo Maps

•Mexican Topo Maps: Topographic maps are valuable for any outdoor recreation activities — hiking, biking, four wheeling, motorcycling, or back road adventures. This is particularly true for the Copper Canyon. Topos and other maps for the Copper Canyon (1:50,000) are sold at the Tarahumara Mission Store near the train station in Creel. (This is also the best source of books, postcards and Tarahumara crafts. Profits benefit the Tarahumara health clinic.)

Article and map reviews by Carl Franz