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  • Nicknamed 'Sleeping Beauty', the small town of Mompox was born under a lucky star. The fairies really went all out to make it one of the most beautiful and pleasant towns in Columbia. This might also be due to the fact that, at about six hours from Cartagena, the village is far from any airport or motorway. Upon arrival you will quickly forget the long boat trip on the Magdelena River and instead concentrate ...
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  • Of the many churches in the town of Mompox, San Francisco Church is the oldest.
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  • A picturesque and colourful place, the market is certainly small but the products sold here are locally-produced.
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  • This is the best-known church in Mompox, attracting the attention of visitors for its octagonal tower and its baroque style.
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  • Located near the Magdalena River, the church is a place much respected by the inhabitants of Mompox
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  • A quiet town, Mompox is a colonial treasure with the Magdalena River, to only way to reach the island, running through it.
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  • The town is known for its carnivals and many festivities that attest to Mompox's glorious past.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Colombia

Nicknamed 'Sleeping Beauty', the small town of Mompox was born under a lucky star. The fairies really went all out to make it one of the most beautiful and pleasant towns in Columbia. This might also be due to the fact that, at about six hours from Cartagena, the village is far from any airport or motorway. Upon arrival you will quickly forget the long boat trip on the Magdelena River and instead concentrate on discovering an authentic little village that has remained preserved from mass tourism. Although the façades aren't as colourful as those in Cartagena, they evoke a rather pleasant feeling of nostalgia. Mompox also benefits from lush vegetation and the warm waters of the river. In addition to being a great place for leisure activities and swimming, the river shelters an entire ecosystem. A stroll in the Pijiño marsh makes it possible to get closer to the plants and animals. It provides the opportunity to see not only a multitude of bird species but also iguanas and monkeys! Once back in town, go on a discovery of the historic buildings and churches, which will take you on a journey through the history of this village. Start with the impressive Santa Barbara Church. This is where the Holy Week processions begin, one of the country's most impressive events.

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Surface area : 1139000.0 km2

Population : 44000000 inhabitants

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