Mompox (often spelt Mompós) is a friendly, sleepy town on an island on the Magdalena river, which thrived during colonial times as it was the main resting port for ships travelling up the Magdalena from Cartagena to Honda. It has beautiful colonial architecture which rivals Villa de Leyva’s. It is one of only two UNESCO world heritage towns in Colombia, the other being Old Cartagena. The town is charged with incredable history, notably being the first town of latin America to vote for independance from Spain and the place where Simon Bolivar has said he “owes his glory”.
Few Colombians, however, seem to know about this place, and being on an island without any bridges reaching it makes it rather inaccessible but that is precisely why this town has such charm and mystique; few tourists come here but those that do never regret the detour. There is a say, if you have not been to Mompox…you have not seen Colombia. Discribing this place is hard but staying there multiple nights is the only way to understand what this town has to offer. During the Jazz festival, the Nautical (Nautica) week ends (one is in November), Christmas and Holy Week expect the town to be completely packed with tourists. The town is very laid back. A bridge is being constructed and flights from Bogota and Medellin should start in 2015. This will greatly facilitate access to Mompox. The newly renovated riverfront street (albarada) and plazas Concepcion, Santa Barbara and San Francisco translate that this little town is about to undertake an irreversible transformation with the imminent arrival of hordes of tourists.