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Life in Mompox is tempered by the gentle breeze off the Magdalena River, Colombia’s main artery. The town, whose historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, grew from what used to be an island vault for the gold and silver plundered by the Spaniards during the colonization of the Americas. Mompox was founded in 1540 and is located about six hours away from Cartagena.
What to do in Mompox
Magical realism is alive and well here. In his novel “The General in His Labyrinth,” Gabriel García Márquez refers to the glorious past of Santa Cruz de Mompox, which you will undoubtedly sense as you walk the streets of the town and pause at its corners to hear stories from the locals. Taking a boat trip through the Pijiño swamp, where the birdsand flora of the region abound, is sure to be another unforgettable experience.
UNESCO declared the Mompox historic center a World Heritage Site in 1995, and describes it as "a purified sample of Spanish colonial architecture in the New World.” It is the main hub for religious tourism, where travelers can bear witness to unique religious traditions, such as the Easter processions that make their way through the center’s narrow streets.
Walking the streets and admiring the colonial architecture of its buildings, learning about the art of filigree gold and exploring nearby swamps are among the plans for travellers to Mompox.