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Simón Bolívar, the famous liberator of much of South America once said "If to Caracas I owe my life, then to Mompox I owe my glory”. This small town had almost all of its able bodied men recruited by Bolivar for the successful battle in Caracas. These days they’ve turned their hand to tourism. The centre of the town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it's no wonder why. Historic buildings litter the streets and many churches from the fifteen hundreds still stand proud. We’ve selected the best places to stay in Mompos to take in the wealth of history and culture.
The town is hot! Particularly between March and April but the rest of the year rarely drops below thirty degrees either. With this tropical heat there is the inevitable rain, but to avoid the showers aim to visit between January and March.
What not to miss:
Read up on your history before visiting La Piedra de Bolivar. This modest monument is a powerful indication of Bolivar’s influence on the town.
Santa Barbara Church is small and beautiful, great to visit in the twilight when the lights come on.
A mark of Spanish colonisation, Plaza de Mercado is the historic market building that sits amidst a host of small bars and restaurants.
And for the best places to stay in Mompox:
For a riverside location
Portal de la Marquesa is situated beside the beautiful Brazo de Mompos river and was once a prestigious colonial house. Stunningly renovated, it now features traditional architecture and light, airy rooms. It’s also only a short walk to the town centre.
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Portal de La Marquesa 5 rooms from $93Mompos (Bolivar)
A large and airy colonial house turned boutique hotel. Beautifully renovated throughout highlighting the buildings original features; think beamed ceilings, intricately carved doors and arched doorways. Boasting views over the river and just steps from the historic centre. Highly recommended.Local exploring - An atmospheric colonial house reminiscent of days gone by close to the historical centre of town.Birdwatching - The town's surrounds are an enormous area of low wetlands making this an ideal jump off point for birdwatching trips.Sights nearby - Numerous churches to explore the most noteworthy being the Santa Barbara, the San Francisco and the San Agustin.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.