Mompós Things to Do

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    Cenote Tour to Pijino

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    This tour leaves most afternoons around 2:30 pm and goes until sunset around 6 or 6:30 pm. Up to 10 people or so can go out on a large dugout canoe with roof and outboard motor through the Rio Magdalena as you observe different flora and fauna though you are most likely to see tons of birds (herons etc), monkeys, crocodiles and a lot of horses and cows. You will pass small towns and children playing (naked) in the water (the young boys will wave as they cover themselves up) and then move through smaller channels to enter other rivers. You will have a chance to jump off into the water (it was SOOOO warm, it wasn't refreshing at all) at which time you can disembark in the town of Pijino to stroll through its streets and grab some refreshments, talk to the locals and then head back with views of Mompos at sundown from the river. Very worthwhile. Richard at the Casa Amarilla can help arrange it and I think we paid around 25,000 pesos for it.

    Please see my travelogues for more photos from the cenote tour...

    Local children way to us enthusiastically Aboard the boat on a small river channel Passing small communities and huts Where we stopped for a dip in the very hot water Passing locals fishing from their dugout canoes

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    Shop for Silver Jewellery on Calle Medio Real

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    Mompos is famed for its silverwork jewellery - it is absolutely beautiful and it is frequently worked into delicate and very fine, feminine pieces. Prices tend to be very reasonable. You can check them out up and down the street. You may also want to try some vino de corzo (a fruity wine) while looking at the silver.

    A silver ring I bought in Mompos

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    Freshly squeezed OJ at Plaza Bolivar

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    In this heat, you can't underestimate how refreshing and delicious a freshly squeezed orange juice on ice can be! Order it and he will squeeze the oranges right in front of you, filter out the pulp, shake it up with some ice and hand it over. Its less than a dollar. MMMMM

    Orange Juice stand on Plaza Bolivar

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    Easter Sunday sawdust decorations

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    It is a tradition on Easter Sunday in many catholic regions to colour sawdust and complete intricate and beautiful designs and scenes in the streets. The ones we saw in Mompos were simple but beautiful.

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    Easter Sunday Processions

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    On Easter Sunday, mass services are followed by a procession around the town. The churches organize their masses at different times that morning so you can potentially see a variety of different mass services and processions. They start as early as 6 am going until 11 am or so. Each church has a different types of procession. Santa Barbara Church was a very liberal-seeming church with lively music and the priests singing along to pop tunes (in the name of the lord of course). We enjoyed the service.

    Easter Sunday procession from Santa Barbara Church

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    Rio Magdalena

    by MalenaN Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Rio Magdalena which pass Mompós is a 1543 km long river and runs from the mountains in Departamento del Huila in the southwest of Colombia to the Caribbean Sea in the north. When I was in San Agustín I visited the place (El Estrecho) where the river has its narrowest point, only 2 metres. It is difficult to believe it is the same river when you see it in Mompós. Mompós is situated on a big island so the Magdalena River is divided in two branches here, but it is anyway a broad river. Looking at tree branches floating in the water you could see there was a high speed of the running water and that this not is a good place for swimming.

    Rio Magdalena

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    Casa de la Cultura

    by MalenaN Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Casa de la Cultura is housed in another fine colonial mansion and is worth a visit. Here objects related to the towns history are on display. I was first guided through the rooms and after that I could walk around on my own.
    Casa de la Cultura is open for visitors between 8 - 17 on Monday - Friday.
    Entrance fee was 1000 pesos (July 2007).

    Casa de la Cultura, Mompox Casa de la Cultura, Momp��s Casa de la Cultura Casa de la Cultura Casa de la Cultura
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    Fundación Cultural de Mompox, Museo de Arte Religi

    by MalenaN Written Jan 20, 2008

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    This colonial house is also called Casa Bolivaríana because Simón Bolívar stayed here once and in the room where he slept there are objects related to him on display. In other rooms there is an exhibition of religious art, mainly with objects from the 18th and 19th century. It’s not allowed to take photos in those rooms, only at the courtyard and in a room with the Mompós cross and some statues.

    The museum opened up here in 1990. It is open for visitors between 9 - 12 on Monday - Saturday.
    Entrance fee was 3000 pesos (July 2007).

    The Momp��s Cross
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    Jardín Botánico El Cuchubo de Mompox

    by MalenaN Written Jan 18, 2008

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    Mompós botanical garden is a small garden along Calle 14, a few blocks away from the river. It was founded by Carlos Pontón Rangel (1918 - 1991) who was born in the town. There are around 3700 different species of plants in the garden, some from other parts of the world.
    There is no sign outside but I had got the direction from the Tourist Office and knocked on the gate to the garden. I was shown around by the man living there and taking care of the garden. He had a lot to tell about the different plants, which many of them have medical use, and it was very interesting. Unfortunately I didn’t understand everything as my Spanish is not so good.
    There is no special entrance fee but you pay what you want after the guided tour.

    Jard��n Bot��nico El Cuchubo de Mompox

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    Iglesia de San Agustín

    by MalenaN Written Jan 13, 2008

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    The Holy Week celebrations are very big in Mompós, one of the biggest in the country. During that week a gilded Santo Sepulcro is carried around the streets during the processions. This Santo Sepulcro is kept in Church of San Agustin where it is standing in the back, just inside the doors. There are also statues in the church that are used in the Holy Week processions.
    The church was built in the 16th century.

    Iglesia de San Agust��n, Momp��s Santo Sepulcro
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    Iglesia de San Francisco

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 12, 2008

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    The Church of San Francisco is one of the oldest in Mompós and construction of the church begun in 1564. The exterior is painted in red and white. And so is the interior, but there there is more white. The church has got three aisles all with fine retables. The roof is of wood.
    It was open when I passed during the day.

    Iglesia de San Francisco, Momp��s Inside Iglesia de San Francisco, Momp��s
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    Iglesia de Concepción

    by MalenaN Written Jan 12, 2008

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    Iglesia de Concepción is the principal church in Mompós. It is the biggest one and it is open more frequent. Construction of the church begun in 1537, but it has been altered many times and in the 19th century it was extensively reconstructed. The interior is rather plain and painted in white.
    The church is open between 6 - 12 and 18 - 20.

    Inside the church
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    Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

    by MalenaN Written Jan 11, 2008

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    The Church of Santa Barbara dates from the beginning of the 17th century. It is painted in yellow with white details. The unusual thing with this church is that it has got an octagonal Moorish bell tower with a balcony around it.
    The church was never open when I visited Mompós but is only open on Sundays and Holidays between 14 -19.

    Church of Santa Barbara, Momp��s
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    Check out the cemetery

    by Kindra Written Jun 20, 2009

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    On the north side of town is the white, flowered cemetery where you can spend an hour or so exploring the grounds.

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