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Life in Mompox is lulled by the shifting breeze of the Magdalena River, Colombia´s main artery. This Heritage Village rises on an island that was a vault during the Conquest for gold and silver plundered by the Spaniards. Mompox, whose historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was founded in 1540 and is about six hours from Cartagena.
What to do in Mompox
Magical realism is everywhere here. Gabriel García Márquez, in his novel 'The General in His Labyrinth', refers to the glorious past of Santa Cruz de Mompox, which is felt when walking the streets and stopping at corners to hear the stories people tell. It is also an unforgettable boat trip through the swamp of Pijiño, where birds and flora of the region abound.
UNESCO describes the Mompox historic centre as "A purified sample of Spanish colonial architecture in the New World.", and declared it a World Heritage Site in 1995. This is the focus for religious tourism to the town. Its narrow streets, used for Easter processions are witness to the religious fever that traps the unwary traveller
ACTIVITIES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
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.
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