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How to read a card

Before reading a card, keep in mind that there are several types. There are tourist Maps, road maps and streets, topographic maps for hikers, maps of route areas or World maps . Hence, you need to choose your card and give it the appropriate use.

Learn the map to orientate . Usually all maps put north on top. Check if you are able to orient yourself. You can with the compass help in every corner of the map. If it's not represented, think the north will always be at the forefront.

Do you understand the scale of the map . You need to remember that the map is an adaptation of reality to a smaller size. Hence the scale shows the Removal of the map in real time. You can usually find it at the bottom of every page. Depending on the map, there are different scales: to walk, to drive, worldwide etc. They are all represented with the following typology: 1: 100,000, so that it is understood that one unit of the map (centimeter or millimeter) corresponds to 100,000 real units .


Latitude and longitude These two concepts are important in understanding a map, especially when you travel long distances.

  • Latitude: Distance in Degrees north or south of the equator . It's represented with numbers on the side of the card.
  • Length: distance in G rads east or west of the Greenwich Meridian . It is represented by numbers at the top or bottom of the map.



Read the Contour lines . Each of them represents Heights above sea level. Depending on whether they are closer together or separated, this means that the slope is more or less pronounced.

The legend You can find it on the side of the card and it contains the Symbols representing each important fact to understand the map. Typically you will find the following characters:

  • Lines of different colors , Sizes, continuous or discontinuous. They represent roads and highways.
  • topography : The mountains are shown in brown or green. The intensity of the color varies depending on the height. The darker the less high and vice versa. Rivers, seas or water elements are shown in blue and forests, parks or Natural spaces with vegetation are shown in green.
  • The building are shown in gray or black.
  • The Limits of Cities and communities are shown in pink or pastel yellow lines, and the size of their name depends on the importance of the population.



Once all of the elements of the map are known, find the one Point where you are. Identify yours Location on the map with the data it offers you. You can also use the compass or other markers such as latitude and longitude or the Reference points of the Where you are. Identify then Your goal and follow the route on the map.

If your card has a Index help has that complements your information, use it. This will help you understand what you are reading on the card.

To make your trip comfortable and not get lost, you can follow the route and mark it on the map. It is advisable to do it with a pencil and not permanently mark your card.

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  • Try to keep the route marked at all times. Remember that if you decide to take short cuts or faster roads, you can get lost and lost.
  • If you think it necessary, make notes on the card. You can mark reference points to make them easier to remember and find.