A peaceful town with colonial architecture to rival Cartagena.
The town of Santa Cruz de Mompox was founded by Don Alonso de Heredia, Adelantado of the Interior of Cartagena and brother of the founder of that city, Pedro de Heredia, on May 3, 1537, after waging battles against Kimbay tribe and Cacique Mompoj.
The name comes from the great Cacique Mompox Mompoj (language identification Malibu), whose tribe inhabited the area where today the city and came from Malibúes Indian civilization. By the time of the conquest, the Cacique already ruled some fifty small tribes, including the Güitacas, Chilloas, Chimíes, Chicaguas, Jaguas, Malibúes, Kates, Kimbayes, Menchiquejos, and Talahiguas. The tribes were formed through alliances, confederations subject to certain covenants, but as vassals as allies and relatives who respected the authority of the Cacique Mompoj.
Thanks to tourism the state has looked to preserve much of the original town, rivalling Cartagena for it's colonial architecture, but without the crowds allowing you a lreaxing stay on the riverback of the Magdalena river; Mompox was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995.
On the streets of San Francisco and San Miguel Alley you can find masters of traditional jewelry. the art of working with filigree gold and silver.
Walking it's streets gives a view into the history and tranquility, with trees over a hundred years old providing shade and boardwalk that runs along the Magdalena river. Walking through the streets mompoxinas you find characters dressed in white or sitting in the rocking chairs enjoying the cool of the evening.
Colonial houses with large gardens and rooms to sit and relax and watch the old women embroidering tablecloths or mompoxina selling jewelry.
Here we can find very particular things its cemetery and its botanical garden where there are thousands of medicinal plants native trees and a character/owner of the garden, here lives a family of 12 monkeys, seen each day at evening taking a walk along the power lines.
Botanical garden El Cuchubo de Mompox
Watch the siler jewelry makers
Bird watching - Pijiño
Relax and watch the world go by.
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