Sunset over historic riverside colonial architecture.

Mompox Travel Guide : The Essentials

  • What to see in Mompox : municipal cemetery, Santander forest, Suán tree, Pozo de la Noria, Casa de 1734, Casa de los Apóstoles, Cultural Museum of Religious Art or Casa Bolivariana, Casa de la Cultura, Portales de la Marquesa, Piedra de Bolívar, Casa del Ayuntamiento, Plaza de la Libertad and Botanical Garden. 

    In addition, you should wander through its beautiful narrow streets or the corridor along the river’s boardwalk. 

    Among the temples, convents and monasteries of colonial architecture, it is important to visit Santa Barbara, San Juan de Dios, Santo Domingo, San Francisco, La Inmaculada Concepción and San Agustín. 
  • Best time to visit Mompox : All the year
  • Where to Stay in Mompox : Casa Amarilla
  • Where to Ear in Mompox : Plaza Concepcion
  • How to Get to Mompox : From Cartagena, From Santa Marta, speed boats from Barrancabermeja
  • Souvenirs from Mompox : Silver, Palm Wine
Mompox Colombia
Mompox Colombia

What to see in Mompox ?

Historic center of Mompox.

Port of call to Cartagena and commercial crossroads, Mompox, or “Mompos”, built its fortune very quickly.

It still has today a rich colonial architecture that attracted the aristocracy of Cartagena at the time.

A rebellious city, it was the first to emancipate itself from Spain and for a time welcomed the “Libertador” Simon Bolivar.

Because of its isolation, Mompox has escaped the heavy transformations of modernism and has kept intact its atmosphere of yesteryear.

Visit its historical center (UNESCO), its colorful baroque churches (Santo Domingo, San Juan de Dios, San Agustin and Santa Barbara), its prestigious colonial houses (Casa 1734, Portales de la Marquesa…) and its amazing cemetery (el Cimenterio Municipal).

As if frozen in time, Mompox exudes an undeniable charm.

Its craft workshops (goldsmith’s, ceramics, cabinet making…) are part of the city’s unmissable visits.

Stroll along the wall on the banks of the Magdalena river, in the Bolivar and Santander parks and in the botanical garden.

Discover also the cultural museum where various pieces of complex religious art are exhibited; this colonial house converted into a museum welcomed Simon Bolivar.

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Mompox Historic Center – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Cienaga de Pijiño swamp

Along the water, enjoy the picturesque landscapes of this marsh.

Aboard a traditional boat, observe the fauna (egrets, herons, iguanas, howler monkeys…) and the abundant flora (mangroves).

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Mompox Travel guide – Cienaga de Pijiño – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

How to get to Mompox ?

From Bogotá and Bucaramanga

Take the road to the coast along the Troncal del Magdalena to the village of El Burro. About 10 kilometers before the municipality of Pailitas, in the direction of Tamalameque and El Banco, department of Magdalena, cross the Magdalena River (Mompox arm) by ferry and continue to Mompox, the final destination. 

Take the coastal road to Bosconia, take the road that leads to Plato to La Gloria and then the detour that goes to Santana crossing the Magdalena River by ferry (Mompox arm), you will reach Talaigua Nuevo and a 20 minute (15 kilometers) ride to Mompox. 

From Barranquilla and Cartagena

If you are going from Cartagena or Barranquilla to Mompox, it is necessary to leave from the transport terminal of either city, and for reasons of capacity, arrive at least one hour before the departure time. The trip from either of the two origins takes about four hours to the municipality of Magangué, but the bus must always wait until one o’clock in the afternoon, when a ferry boat makes a 90-minute trip down the Magdalena River to the port of Cicuco or La Bodega and from there continues the trip that takes another 45 minutes to Mompox. The return trip to either of the two capital cities begins at six in the morning, and the ferry intercepts at half past eight. 

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Mompox Colombia

The same trip can be made in a private vehicle, taking the ferry to a 

There are three frequencies between Magangué and La Bodega: ten in the morning, one and four in the afternoon; and between La Bodega and Magangué: half past eight and half past ten in the morning and two and a half in the afternoon. Please note that these schedules may vary from time to time or according to the season. 

History of Mompox

Founded in 1537, it is one of the most beautiful and best preserved colonial towns in Colombia, which has earned it international recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. 

Mompox is a historic city, because in addition to having served during the colonial period as the seat of urban settlement, it was also a stopover and an important port for the collection of goods for distribution in one direction or another to the interior of the country or to the Atlantic coast. Located on the Mompox branch of the Magdalena River, the city today magnificently preserves its houses, mansions, streets and temples and the cemetery, considered one of the most beautiful in the country. 

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Mompox Colombia

Crafts and religion 

The manual dexterity and creativity of the artisans give artistic form to their gold and silver filigree jewelry and to the creation of rocking chairs and chairs made of wood and momposino wicker. 

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Mompox Colombia

The religious spirit and fervor of the inhabitants of Mompox are traditional and are complemented by the architectural beauty and art that enclose its temples and the set of well-preserved colonial streets where the Holy Week processions circulate. Thousands of people come year after year to observe or participate in the acts and processions integrated by volunteer Nazarenes who gather in their homes or in a venue. 

The religious activity in which the colonial temples participate begins with a tradition known as La Procesión del Despedimiento, popularly called El Paso Robado. Throughout the week there are processions, liturgical acts and cultural events, and it closes on Easter Sunday with the Easter Vigil. 

Where to Stay in Mompox ?

In Mompox it is very easy to find lodging in the historic center in some of the old mansions that have been carefully remodeled and adapted to provide excellent service to guests, as well as in small houses that serve as hostels known as bed and breakfasts. A little farther from the center there are executive hotels and guesthouses for businessmen and traveling agents. 

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Mompox Colombia @ Tristan Quevilly

How to get around in Mompox ?

Although there are municipal transport vehicles, the most common are rapitaxis or small motorized tricycles. 

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Mompox Colombia © Tristan Quevilly