Mompós Transportation

  • tuk-tuk gave Mompos an Asian feel
    tuk-tuk gave Mompos an Asian feel
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  • locals use many ways to get around town
    locals use many ways to get around town
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  • In El Banco
    In El Banco
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    the "road" to Cartagena

    by richiecdisc Written Oct 27, 2010

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    The trip from Mompos to Cartagena is a lot easier and more straight forward than to Bucamaranga and many travelers just go round trip from there to avoid the hardships but must say I am glad we did it from Bucamaranga as it was an interesting and very scenic trip. It also is a nice easing in to the coastal life if you are coming from the mountain regions of Colombia to the Caribbean for the first time.

    We paid 40,000 COP ($20) for the bus which leaves around 6 AM from just the “Brasilia terminal,” just out front of La Casa Amarilla. The bus uses a ferry in Marangue where you can pick up some food from vendors at the make-shift market. You can evidently do the trip piecemeal quicker and more cheaply but at this point, we didn't care about saving a couple dollars and wanted the convenience of not having to move our backpacks from one mode of transport to another! The most interesting part of this journey was the ferry and was glad we didn't have to do it both directions. The whole ordeal took about six hours but with such an early start, you arrive in Cartagena around lunch.

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    Getting to Mompos is part of the fun

    by richiecdisc Written Oct 27, 2010

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    Getting to Mompos is part of the fun. It is not on any conventional tourist route. In fact, it is not on any kind of typical transit route either. We had come especially far as we'd done it from San Gil. Many make a stopover in Bucamaranga which breaks the journey up but we found it easier to not have to go into Bucamaranga proper and just go from their bus terminal which is very modern and easy enough to kill even six hours in!

    From Bucamaranga, you buy a ticket to El Banco. This is best done as an overnight trip as when you arrive in El Banco, it is hard to get a ride to Mompos after midday. They wanted 110,000 COP for two tickets but we bargained them down to a more reasonable 45000 COP ($22.50) each. The trip is only about 5 hours if done in the middle of the night due to there not being any traffic. Not that there is likely all that much traffic during the day either but surely a bit more.

    The bus was comfortable enough but you get there at what feels like the middle of the night. We were in a dead sleep and it was a bit daunting having to deal with the touts for the 4x4 vehicles that you need to take for the rest of the trip. I had the whole haggling deal down pat the night before but on arriving half asleep I forgot what I was negotiating for and that never bodes well. It should cost 20,000 COP ($10) for a ride in the back of a modern 4x4 and 25,000 ($12.50) for the inside of an air-conditioned one, generally up front with the driver. Someone offered the upper price range and we just jumped on it, not even checking out the vehicle first. It turned out to be an old one and though we were inside, it was in the back with a young Colombian couple and their small child, who surely paid less. As it turned out, the A/C was not a factor as it was actually quite cool for most of the trip. The small boy was very cute and clutched onto the front seat along with us on the bumpy road where dust was more a problem than heat.

    It was quite scenic and must say it would be worth hiring your own 4x4 and paying more for the driver to make timely stops. There were quite a few great photographic opportunities that I still see in my head to this day. Very conveniently, the drivers of the 4x4s will drop you off wherever you like and ours did just that at La Casa Amarilla.

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    From El Banco to Bucaramanga

    by MalenaN Written Oct 5, 2007

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    In El Banco the pick-up stopped outside the bus station. The next bus to Bucaramanga was leaving at 8am and it was with the company Cootransmagdalena and the ticket was 25 000 pesos(after some negotiation). It turned out it was not leaving from the station, but first we had to take a taxi to the river and from there a boat (chalupa) on to La Oreja (both taxi and boat fare was included in the price for the bus ticket). During the boat ride the boat stopped at a military control and all men in the boat had to go out (not the oldest ones) to have their id-cards checked. In the future the buses will leave from El Banco as they are now building bridges to link El Banco with the other side of the river.

    At 9.15 the bus left La Oreja. The first hour, before we reached the main road, was very bumpy. So it is not strange that we later had to stop for half an hour to have a tyre changed and the bus fixed. The landscape in the beginning of the ride was flat, but then there was a lot of mountains. The bus arrived at the terminal in Bucaramanga at 15.45, so the bus ride took 6,5 hours. The terminal in Bucaramanga is situated between Bucaramanga and Girón and you can easily take a local bus to both places. I took a bus to Carrera 15 in Bucaramanga and it was 1050 pesos.

    It was a long journey with a lot of changes and using different kind of transport, but I enjoyed it! It was more interesting than to sit on the same bus for the whole time.

    A chalupa in El BAnco
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    From Mompós to Bucaramanga

    by MalenaN Updated Oct 5, 2007

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    It is not easy to go from Mompós to Bucaramanga. The day before you leave you must call (Elias 685 5109) to reserve a seat in a jeep to El Banco. They didn’t call from my hotel (they didn’t call from Simon’s hotel either), but there are plenty of shops in the town where you can make a phone call for 200 pesos a minute. I was told I was going to be picked up at the hotel at 4.30am. In the morning this had changed to 5am. At 4.50 the car came and then we drove around in Mompós to pick up more passengers. Half an hour later we passed my hotel again and soon after we left Mompós.

    To sit inside the pick-up, where there was air-condition, it was 22 000 pesos. We sat outside in the back were the seats were 20 000 pesos (July 2007). The road was very bumpy and dusty, and early in the morning it was a bit cold, so a sweater can be good to have (the backpacks had been put on the roof).It took a little bit more than two hours to El Banco.

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    In El Banco
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    To Mompós from Cartagena

    by MalenaN Written Aug 20, 2007

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    In Cartagena I talked to Simon from Germany and as we had planed to travel to Mompós the same day we decided to take the same bus. To the terminal in Cartagena we took the Metro car bus , which is 1500 pesos and takes about 30 minutes.
    What I didn’t know is that it is possible to negotiate the price of the bus tickets in Colombia. As we arrived the first company wanted to have 25 000 pesos for a ticket to Maganqué, but they were willing to sell us the tickets for 20 000 pesos. We also asked at Brasilia Express, which have bigger, air-conditioned buses. Brasilia express left later and went down to 22 000 pesos, so we took the first option for 20 000 pesos per ticket. This bus did not have air-condition, but windows that could be opened (I prefer that over air-condition).

    After 3,5 hours when we reached El Bongo we were suddenly told that we had to change bus (it was not the only time in Colombia that happened to me). In El Bongo there was a smaller bus waiting and as we had paid to go to Magangué money was handed over between the buses. From El Bongo it was another hour to Magangué. In Magangué you have to take a boat on Magdalena River to Bodega . The boats leave when they are full, but we didn’t have to wait very long . The boat ride took 20 minutes and was 5000 pesos (July 2007). In Bodega there are colectivos (shared taxis) waiting where the boat arrives. We were four people going on to Mompós so we filled up a taxi and paid 7000 pesos each. The taxi ride took about 40 minutes.

    Boat in Bodega
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