Mompox: visit the historical district of Colombia
Over time, many historical cities in Colombia have changed. Some have gone on to become economic and tourist centers of the country, while others have been forgotten. Mompox is somewhere in between. Colombia by Bus brings you a brief review.
This town used to be a center of commerce in Colombia, but that began to change during the at the beginning of the 20th century. However, in recent years, after being named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it has regained status. Now it is one of the most important cultural and touristic spots of the country. There’s no doubt that it’s one of the places you myst see once you’re in Colombia. To prepare your visit, we bring you a review of the historical district of Colombia.
How Do I Get To Mompox?
Something you have to know about Mompox is that, although it has several ways to get there, it’s not the most accessible place. The town has an airport, but it’s too small and rarely receives any commercial flights. So the best way to get to this town is by car or bus. If you go by car, the most familiar way to get there is by taking one of the two ferries of the town. If you want to avoid taking a ferry, you can take the bridge that goes to “Talaigua Nuevo”. From there, you must follow a paved road until you reach Mompox. If you want to avoid any possibility of getting lost, it’s better to take a bus from the cities of Barranquilla or Cartagena. You won’t have to make any stops and they will take you straight to the town.
Where Do I Stay In Mompox?
Mompox is a relatively small town and in recent years, as we’ve already told you, it has established itself as one of the most important tourist destinations in the country. Therefore, although there are more than enough lodgings in the town (which range between 20 and 120 dollars per night), they can often be full. So, to avoid this, don’t book at the last minute.
What Should I Know About Mompox?
The importance of this town lies, above all, in its relevance to the history of Colombia. From before the Spanish colonization, Mompox served as a center of communication and commerce among the diverse indigenous communities that inhabited the country. Once the arrival of the Spaniards began, in the 16th century, Mompox was a strategic arrival point and, at the same time, it served as the first point of conquest of the aboriginal communities. Throughout the period of the Spanish conquest, Mompox served as an ideal route to transport products to and from Cartagena.
In the 19th century, in August of 1810, Mompox became the first town to gain independence from Spain. And for a century, it maintained its commercial importance for Colombia. However, as the river that passes alongside Mompox decreased its flow, its relevance for national trade diminished. Despite this economic decline, over the last century, it has been recognized for its historical, architectural and cultural importance: in 1959 it was declared a national monument and in 1995 as a World Heritage Site.
In addition to its historical and cultural relevance, Mompox is undoubtedly one of the most interesting destinations because of its architecture. As if it was stuck in the 18th century, all the streets are full of houses, churches and monuments that, through their design, colors and shape, maintain a very close relationship with the history of the country. Nor should we forget the river that is next to Mompox and that can be seen throughout the town. Seeing it, it’s inevitable to think about the importance and beauty of this town.