d-maps.com is one of those exceptional services that we always wanted to exist.
It is a portal of free resources that focuses on offering maps of any part of the world, in different download formats, depending on the need. The content is separated into regional categories and a valuable collection of historical maps is also included.
- World and Oceans
- Mediterranean coast
- Historical maps
Among the most valuable, they can be used for commercial purposes. Another aspect: the formats in which they can be downloaded:
- As picture: .gif
- Traditional vector: .wmf, .svg
- Vector for graphic design: .cdr (Corel Draw), .ai (Adobe Illustrator)
Perhaps the most common uses are decals or illustrative maps that are asked of children at school. But also for graphic design purposes, since it exists in vector formats it facilitates a rather tedious routine.
As I show you the examples, in the case of South America:
If it were the case of Colombia, there are 50 possible maps for download, among which are included Coasts, hydrography, borders, departments, main cities, contours, etc. Depending on the area you can find more details such as main roads, municipal division and altitude.
Finally this example from Glaris, Switzerland.
Definitely great service, great page to bookmark. For free maps for cartography, there is GData.