I'm looking for shape files (or some similar format) of Colombia's municipality boundaries.

Wikipedia has a map that seems to be correct and which matches another dataset that I will eventually be merging in based on municipality names and DANE codes. I've tried contacting the file creator about the underlying source data, but without success.

I've tried GADM, but some of the municipalities are missing/incorrect, e.g. all the way in the South Amazons should have 11 municipalities, not 8.

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Here's OpenStreeMap with data export via Mapzen. Many municipalities are simply just missing, although the borders for those that are there appear to be correct and more detailed than GADM.

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I guess I could try to combine departments that OpenStreeMap had all municipalities for with the GADM data, but it looks like that would still only partially get me there. And in general it just makes me a bit suspicious about using the GADM data at all.

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You can try the WFS or WMS servers of the Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (here:http://www.igac.gov.co/wps/portal/igac/raiz/iniciohome/MapasdeColombia/Descargas). These services have different layers for geodesic features and demographics. I hope it can help you.


PD: If that doesn't work, you can check this link with the shape file I use for Colombian municipalities: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i0ao837gj5wpkic/AAAnzZf-tJIKUmZvTKrvXPMpa?dl=0

  • I downloaded the shape files from dropbox, thank you! I will try the WFS/WMS servers once I get QGIS working again :)
    – andybega
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 12:00
  • Also, I posted the same question on GIS, do you want to answer it there as well? If not I'll link your answer from here.
    – andybega
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 12:04
  • Great! Glad it can help you.
    – topcat
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 16:02

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