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Mompos

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  • Day52

    Nach Fiesta folgt Siesta

    November 12 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Ungewohnt früh klingelte heute der Wecker. Halb acht sollte bereits unser Bus zu unserem nächsten Ziel Mompós abfahren. Wir hatten bereits am Vorabend gepackt, was den Morgen in der Früh etwas angenehmer machte. 6 h Busfahrt erwarteten uns von der Küste Kolumbiens bis ins Innenland. Der kleine Ort Mompós ist direkt am Fluss gelegen, der früher als Handelsweg fungierte. Über ihn wurden Produkte und Güter vom Meer ins Innenland verschifft. Durch das verlegen des Handelsweges auf einen benachbarten Fluss, wurde der Ort weitestgehend für das Land unbedeutend. Gut 200 Jahre später erwachte er langsam aus seinem Dornröschenschlaf. Sein Kolonialcharm, Boutique Hotels und Restaurants locken wieder Reisende und Urlauber an.
    Nach der Ankunft in unserem neuen Hostel packten wir zunächst ein paar Sachen aus bevor sich jeder an diesem Tag Zeit für sich nahm.
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  • Day53

    An der frischen Luft in Mompós

    November 13 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Die Ruhe der idyllischen Stadt nutzten wir sofort aus und holten den fehlenden Schlaf der letzten Nächte nach. Durch die unangenehm feucht und muffig riechenden Hostelzimmer fiel uns das Aufstehen später jedoch sehr leicht. Den Vormittag verbrachten wir in Schaukelstühlen auf der Terasse des Hostels, genossen den tollen Blick auf den Río Magdalena und telefonierten in die Heimat. Wir vergaßen etwas die Zeit, sodass wir nur noch eine dreiviertel Stunde fürs Mittagessen hatten bevor unser Ausflug auf dem Río Magdalena starten sollte. Um nicht mit knurrenden Mägen an Board gehen zu müssen, beeilten wir uns und verzichteten auf die Suppe. Es war später trotzdem so knapp, dass wir den Weg zurück zum Hostel rennen mussten. Dort empfing uns ein Hostelangestellter mit einem verdächtig enttäuschend wirkenden Gesicht und teilte uns mit, dass die Tour heute ausfällt, weil wir nur zu dritt wären. Mist, umsonst beeilt! Die gute Nachricht war allerdings, dass wir am nächsten Morgen die Tour nur zu zweit zum gleichen Preis machen könnten. Wir verstanden zwar nicht ganz den Sinn, freuten uns aber trotzdem auf unsere private Tour. Da wir uns gerne bewegen wollten, liehen wir uns Fahrräder aus und erkundeten Mompós und seine Umgebung auf eigene Faust. Alle paar Meter hörten wir ein "Psssst..pssst", welches hier dem Hinterherpfeifen glich. Als vermeintlicher "Gringo" erregen wir mit unserer hellen Hautfarbe doch oft die Aufmerksamkeit, was sich hier allerdings sehr eigenartig äußerte. Schräg angesprochen wurden wir wiederum kaum, wodurch es nicht ganz so unangenehm war. Außerhalb von Mompós radelten wir durch grüne Wiesen mit unterschiedlichen Obstbäumen und vielen Vögeln. Mompós ist bekannt für eine Vielzahl an Früchten, die aufgrund des Flusses unter perfekten Bedingungen sehr gut wachsen können. Am Ende unserer Radtour kauften wir uns frisches Obst im Supermarkt und ein wenig Proviant für die nächsten Tage. Das Obst gab's dann anschließend gleich zum Abendbrot.Read more

  • Day139

    Santa Cruz de Mompox

    February 15, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Mompox or Mompós, officially Santa Cruz de Mompox, is a town and municipality in northern Colombia, in the Bolívar Department, which has preserved its colonial character. The city was founded on May 3, 1537 by Alonso de Heredia, brother of Pedro de Heredia, as a safe port on the Magdalena river. Santa Cruz de Mompox became quite prosperous as a port for the transportation of goods upriver into the interior. A royal mint was established here and the town was famous for its goldsmiths. This prosperity had begun to wane in the nineteenth century, but continued until early in the twentieth century when the river shifted and sediment accumulated on this arm of the river, at which point Magangué became the favored port.
    Santa Cruz de Mompox is known for the preservation of its colonial architectural features, as expressed by the mixture of its Spanish and Indian styles. UNESCO named the historic center of Mompox as a World Heritage Site in 1995. Today, most of the colonial buildings are still used for their original purposes, which provides an excellent example of a Spanish colonial city. Of particular note is the wrought iron work decorating doors, railings and window grills along the streets.
    Our bus reached Mompox around 2 pm. As soon as we stepped out of the air conditioned bus, we realized we were stepping into a furnace. It was around 40C in the sun. We could feel the blast of hot air on our faces. We didn't have a place booked so we took our bags and started walking towards the riverside in the hope of finding some place to stay on the way.
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  • Day139

    Pueblito Magico Mompox

    February 15, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our offline map on Maps.me was showing some hotels near the river and we planned to walk around and find a suitable place for a suitable price, but as soon as the cold from the ac in the bus started wearing off, we could feel the extreme heat. Instead of all of us walking around in the heat with all our bags, we decided that Maria and Hristo would leave their bags with me near the Santa Barbara Church and look around.
    While waiting for them, I too searched around on booking.com to find something suitable. After about 15 min later when Hristo and Maria came back, we figured they too had seen the hostels that were on booking.com but the prices were cheaper if we booked through booking.com. So, we did our booking online at Pueblito Magico for 75,000 COP for the 3 of us in a dormitory and then walked the 20 mts to the hostel.
    Here, again we had issues with our booking. When we reached there, we were told that there were no beds available in the dormitory and that the only accommodation available was a private room with an attached bathroom, that would cost us 125,000 COP for the 3 of us. We were not happy about this and showed them the booking to which they replied that it takes a while to update on booking.com. We had already made up our minds to stay only one night in Mompox as it was too hot here, so we didn't want to spend any more time looking for a place.
    After a bit of haggling, we negotiated the stay for 100,000 COP for the night.
    Based on our prior research, we had figured that the only things to do and see in Mompox could be done in one day - half a day to go around the town and half a day to go to the lake Pijino nearby. It was almost 3 pm by the time we resolved the issue of stay. While we were checking in, we saw a board offering the boat trip to the lake Pijino at 3 pm. On inquiring, we found that there was only one trip to the lake per day and that too only in the afternoon. Not wanting to stay till late evening the next day, we asked if we could join the trip for the day. The person at the reception called the tour operator and told us that it was possible but that we would need to hurry as they are already ready to go and were waiting for us.
    We rushed into our room and started unpacking to get our needed things together for the boat trip, that's when the attempt of theft happened!!!
    I was in the toilet outside of the room to fill my water bottle. Hristo was in the room and was going to the bathroom attached to the room when this guy at the reception came in to call us for the boat tour. He came and stood inside the room near the beds. Hristo told him he'll wash his face and come and started entering the bathroom. As soon as he turned to go to the bathroom, the guy put his hand inside one of the day bags that was on one of the beds. Fortunately, Maria, who was in the bathroom washing her face came out and saw his hand in the bag. He immediately withdrew his hand from the bag. She called out at him but he acted as if he was straightening the bed sheet and didn't understand anything she was saying. He still didn't leave the room, while Maria continued shouting at him. Neither Hristo nor I figured what was happening since we had not seen it happen and were rushing to get ready. By this time, the lady owner of the hostel came and Maria told her to make sure that nothing gets stolen from our room which we had to leave unlocked so they could put in the extra bed. We couldn't understand why Maria was saying all this. It was only when we were on the boat and had the time to listen when Maria told about the incident in detail. Luckily, we always carried our expensive things in the day bag, with us, so we weren't too bothered of any theft after we had left.
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  • Day139

    Night in Mompox

    February 15, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    We reached back Mompox by around 6:30 pm. The sun had set by now and all the beautiful colonial buildings had been lit up beautifully. We walked around the town for the next 2 hours and had our dinner as well. By about 9 pm in the night we headed back to the hostel to sleep for the night.

  • Day140

    Walk along the river

    February 16, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We woke up around 8 am but by the time we all got ready, it was nearly 10:30 am. We decided to have our breakfast and then go to the bus terminal to book our tickets to San Gil. Our hostel didn't provide breakfast but their branch Casa Sol de Agua a few hundred meters along the river bank served breakfast which we thought was a pretty decent price. We walked along the banks of the river Magdalena for almost a km. The buildings were old classic colonial ones with antique furniture inside. A few of them had boards outside explaining their history and who it belonged to.Read more

  • Day140

    Casa Sol de Agua, Mompox

    February 16, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Casa Sol de Agua was a much nicer hostel than the one where we were staying and I guess that's the reason it was more expensive as well. There were lovely quote boards hand drawn and hung on the walls. One of the boards was regarding the various bus departures and their timings. From here we got a good idea about the bus we'll need to catch and realized that we had till about 6 pm to look around the town. The breakfast was sufficient and very reasonably priced at 12000 COP per person.Read more

  • Day140

    To the Copetran bus terminal

    February 16, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    By the time we finished the breakfast, it was 11:30 am. We walked to the Copetran bus terminal about 1.5 kms away. Here too, once again the bus terminals for each company was separate. There was no common bus terminal. We had inquired around and found that we needed to go to the Copetran terminal. We bought the tickets to the 6 pm bus. After that, we went to the local market nearby but didn't find anything interesting there.Read more

  • Day140

    To Mompox Cemetery

    February 16, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Having purchased our bus tickets, we checked our offline maps and saw that the nearest place to see was the Mompox cemetery about 300 mts away. We walked over towards the cemetery. On the way, we walked under the shadows of the Mango and Totumo trees. We also saw barber shops under the trees, reminding of the UMT (Under Mango Tree) barber shops in India ;)
    The cemetery had an imposing white arch as the entrance. There was no entry fee.
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  • Day140

    Mompox Cemetery

    February 16, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The Mompox cemetery was an interesting one. Here the dead are not only buried below the ground as done normally, but also in small chambers along the walls. We had seen a similar cemetery in Barcelona earlier. It was extremely hot in the sun so after spending some time in the cemetery, we were back in the shadows of the tree outside the cemetery. We bough some ice creams in one of the shops to cool us down and got artificial vampire jaws along with it ;)Read more

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