"Dropping the Bag in Mompos Blues" Mompós by richiecdisc

Mompós Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 250 photos

Mompos sits steaming on the mighty but sauntering Rio Magdalena, an ode to its former glorious colonial self, parts in decay but others gleaming as any World Heritage Unesco Site might. This is a Colombia found nowhere else, half Bayou swamp and half romance novel ala Garcia Marquez, rolled into a somewhat inaccessible gem that more and more people are finding their way to. While many extol the adventure of getting here and surely that is half the fun, the town itself would be a stunner even if on a more mainstream path in a country that until recently was considered a no-go due to dangers having little to do with remote river travel.

Mompos may not be approaching the popularity of its nearby rival Cartagena, but for those inclined to dig deeper into a country's treasures, it is garnering its fair share of attention and adherents. Lulled into languid submission by the meandering river that runs through it and charmed by an intriguing conglomeration of colonial architecture, visitors find it easy to get lost in the ambiance of another time for more time than they allotted this sleepy backwater town. It should matter not. When you spend the time and effort to get here, why not linger in a town likely to change a lot as Colombia grows into one of South America's top destinations.

  • Last visit to Mompós: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 27, 2010
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    I like the sound of Mompós, from how to get there until you left again! What an amazing place to visit. La Casa Amarilla looks like it was well worth the cost & great Restaurant tips too! I know Sue & I would have loved to visit this unique OTBP location.

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    I would not mind going for a nice stroll along the river, having some lemonade and coconut rice...and right now I would even enjoy this humid heat :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Mompós sounds like a great place to soak up the colonial atmosphere and even do some birdwatching. Fine tips and photos as always!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    A real off the beaten path place, seems relax and interesting, I like the kingfisher :)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    What a cute town this is! Looks almost like made with cake icing or gingerbread :-)) And again I see that the food is really not my exact liking, but the fruits and the fresh juices are and I miss them dearly. Loverly cemetery!!

  • Oct 27, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    oh that kingfisher... stunning! // in some ways this sounds similar to iquitos - the steamyness, the river, local stalls selling juices etc. loved this page!

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