Mompox

Though difficult to get to, Mompox's rewards are numerous. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, Mompox (officially Santa Cruz de Mompox) is a sleepy town in Colombia's Caribbean region, made famous by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Beautiful, slightly eerie and undeniablSanta Barbara Church at Sunset, Mompoxy enchanting, Mompox is well worth the effort involved in getting there.

Mompox lies on the majestic Magdalena River and you can enjoy strolls along the coastline exploring the ins and outs of the local natural scenery.

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EVENTS AND CALENDAR
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Holy Week (Semana Santa) is a solemn occasion in Mompox and marked by elaborate processions through the streets. Finding accommodation at this time can be difficult.

Trumpet Player Grafitti in Mompox

The Mompox jazz Festival launched in 2011 and has been gaining traction over the years. Well, listening to some Jazz at sunset on Plaza Santa Barbara was bound to be a success. The festival takes place in early October each year and concerts take place in the various churches and squares of the city. http://mompoxjazz.icultur.gov.co

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ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN MOMPOX
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Mompox's charm really doesn't lie in what there is to do, but what there isn't to do.

Walk along the streets at your favorite time and visit the 7 churches of Mompox, chill in the Cemetery Park and hear the singing of pijúas (a kind of sparrow hawk), woodpeckers and other birds that cohabit in the trees and palms.

The 7 churches of Mompox

Iglesia Santa Barbara (built 1630): the most iconic of them all with its beautiful baroque bell tower.
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion (built 1541): the largest church in Mompox and the second oldest one in the Carribean, sometimes called the Cathedral of Mompox because of its size. 
San Francisco Church from the RiverIglesia de San Francisco (buil 1530): with its beautiful dark red coating, it is best admired from the river. Try to make it inside to watch the wooden ornaments.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo (built 1544): with its typical colonial spanish architecture, Santo Domingo is a pretty white and yellow church located on the Plaza de Santo Domingo.
Capilla del Cementerio del Rosario (built 1819): the chapel is located inside the cementery. The cementery is more what there is to see.
Iglesia de San Agustin (Basilica Menor del Santisimo Cristo de Mompox, built 1606): nice colonial church with a priory to wander around. 
Iglesia de San Juan de Dios (built 1545): despite so many cables spoiling the vierw, San Juan de Dios is a small and lovely colonial church with its pretty bell tower.

If you feel lazy, you can do a tour of the city by MotoTaxi, it costs around 17,000 COP for about 2 hours.
 
At sunset, you want to stroll the malecon, the walk along the Magdalena river that takes you from Santa Barbara Church to the San Francisco Chuch via the Plaza de la Concepcion

Other activities inlcude the Botanical Garden and the Museo Cultural (Cll 2 # 14, next to the  Basilica de Iglesia de San Agustin) featuring a small collection of religious artifacts based in the building Simon Bolivar once stayed.

=> Try to grab a map of the city at the Museo Cultural.

Don't forget to pay a visit to one of the various jewellry workshops to learn about the Filigrana art. Filigree is a technique to make jewellry or figures creating twisted threads and/or tiny breads out of silver (or gold). It is a bit like lace but with metal. A good workshop (taller) we visited was Taller Joyeria Don Blas Mompox (Jose Davila Ceron, Cra2 No17-31, Tel: (5)684 0553. 

The Cienaga de Pijiño

Mompox lies in the middle of a ciénaga, a wetland created by the Magdalena and its tributaries. You can go there by boat via Caño Pijiño or Isla Verde. It's a 3-hour mini adventure where you can watch the luxurious vegetation and swim in some of the little rivers. You can normally spot a few reptiles like iguanas but the best part are the numerous birds flying and singing at sunset. You can do the tour by catching a lancha at the muelle (dock) near the Plaza de la Concepcion. The tour costs 20,000 COP per person and usually departs at 3pm each day if there's demand.

...=> Mompox Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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=> Visit our Pictures Gallery of Mompox Below. Click to zoom and use the arrow keys for a slide show!
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