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NEWS OF THE CLOSURE BODEGA-MOMPOS…..WRONG! April 19, 2011

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Yes, there has been a great deal of rain in the interior of the country, yes it has rained here a little in Mompos, not too much. But the irresponsible reporting for the major news outlets in Colombia threatens to damage Mompos’ only high season, Semana Santa.

To blindly report a road closure as seen on a website is akin to writing your thesis with only Wikipedia as a source. Journalists, do your jobs. You cannot just accept something as fact based on hearsay!

So, the road from Bodega to Mompos may be a little ugly, a little damaged, but it is OPEN.

 

Resena de la Casa Amarilla en Mompos March 6, 2011

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de WildColombia, muchas gracias

aqui esta el link

 

 

Un Comentario sobre el Reportaje de Salud Hernandez en El Tiempo March 3, 2011

Article in El Tiempo about the State of the Roads around Mompos

Before reading this article, remember that Mompos is a riverside community and therefore if there are problems with the roads one can reach here by river. The poor vias of access have hardly been felt by the Casa Amarilla. It is all about informing the traveller. 

EL TIEMPO

our response is the following:

Mompos por su situacion aislada ha mantenido su integridad y belleza. Llegar a Mompos siempre ha sido una aventura, asi que el pueblo es ribereno y uno siempre puede llegar por el rio como en el pasado, como Bolivar. Salud, tu llegaste, si o no?

Deja tu carro en Magangue y sigue un viaje de aventura. Los Colombianos tienen que reconocer lo que hay en su pais, bajense del carro y explore! Mompos no es un resort todo incluido. Desde Bogota o Medellin uno llega con facilidad por aire a Monteria o Corozal, desde alli es una cuestion de taxis collectivos.

Los mochileros Colombianos y viajeros extranjeros de todos los estratos sociales siguen llegando porque investigan el tema del transporte y no permiten que las malas noticias los detiene.

Y, los visitantes de afuera, mochileros y gente con plata, todos gastan en las tiendas, restaurantes, en la Plaza Santo Domingo, en los kioskos – entonces en lugar de criticar los pocos debes estar felicitando los que llegan y apoyan y ayudan al pueblo Momposino.

En lugar de leer de tanta miseria, mi consejo es de ir a ver el periodico Britanico The Daily Telegraph el cual tiene tres reportajes excelentes sobre Mompos en los ultimos anos y que el periodista extranjero reconoce la belleza a pesar de los problemas.

Creemos que el reportaje va a ayudar que el gobierno haga algo? Mas bien estas perjudicando a la gente Momposina mas o menos aconsejando que no vienen los turistas al pueblo.

 

FLOODS IN MOMPOX: UPDATE, Dec 24 2010 December 24, 2010

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It is important to clarify the situation affecting Mompox in this terrible winter. There is flooding in the area, but it remains possible to visit this UNESCO recognised town.

Arriving from the interior and Bogota:

Take any bus heading to EL BANCO as normal. This will now take you to the town of TAMALAMEQUE. You will be dropped at the boats going to El Banco. In El Banco you can change for Mompox. If you are lucky there will be boats direct from TAMALAMEQUE to MOMPOX.

Arriving from the Caribbean Coast:

The route from CARTAGENA is open all the way to MAGANGUE. In Magangue you can catch a chalupa all the way to Mompox. In fact, the boat all the way from Mompox makes this a more comfortable journey.

TEST YOUR SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE AND SHOW SOME SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF MOMPOX

The SITUATION IN MOMPOX AS OF DECEMBER 24 2010:

There are puddles in the streets, the river is high but has been dropping as a result of 5 straight days of blazing sunshine. People from more humble barrios have received terrible floods but, this has affected the historic centre very little. Hotels and restuarants remain open as do the silver filigree workshops. Despite the floods it is business as usual here.

 

New Site/ Nueva Pagina September 12, 2009

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Friends, we have started a new page for information

about Mompox. Please see

www.mompox.org

 

Como Llegar a Mompox desde Cartagena August 4, 2009

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Transporte público

Opción 1:

Tomar un bus de Unitransc,o es la ruta mas económica, pero la mas larga

Ruta: Cartagena-Mompós.

Tomé el bus de la empresa Unitransco (35,000 pesos) que sales desde el terminal de buses Cartagena a las 6 am de la mañana. El bus llega a las 3 pm a Mompós (hay que pasar una hora en ferry y otra hora y media esperando, subiendo y bajando de el). El paseo por el ferry es bastante folclórico.

Opción 2:

Debe tomar primero un taxi desde Cartagena Magangué y luego en Magangué tomar una chalupa hasta la isla de Mompós. Es una buena opción si quiere llegar rápido o si lo dejó el bus.

1. Taxi  Cartagena-Magangué

Tome un taxi que sale justo frente en el terminal en la estación de gasolina donde esta la empresa Cotranslasabana bus y dirigase a Magangue (40,000 pesos).

2. Magangué-Mompós:

Desde Magangue tome una chalupa (6,000 pesos) hasta Bodega y desde Bodega un taxi hasta Mompós (7,000 pesos). el recorrido dura 4 horas y medias.

RECOMENDACION

Las chalupas desde Magangué a Bodega salen entre 6 am y 6 pm cuando el cupo de la chalupa esta lleno. Las chalupas salen siempre y cuando haya luz del sol.

CONDUCIENDO

Si viene conduciendo desde Cartagena debe ir primero a Magangué (3:30 horas) y desde alli tomar el ferry en el puerto de Yatí que va rumbo a Bodega en la isla de la depresión momposina. En Bodega se continua por la carretera hasta Mompós (50 min). Tenga en cuenta que el ferry solo sale 3 veces al día y debe estar muy atento al horario del ferry. El trayecto en el Ferry toma aproximadamente unos 40 minutos, más el tiempo que se toma esperandolo, subiendo y bajando de el, su precio puede variar entre15,000 y 18,000 para carros y 2000-4000 motos.

Si por alguna razón el ferry lo dejó, puede dejar su carro y tomar una chalupa desde Magangué a Bodega y desde Bodega un taxi hasta Mompós (Ver transporte público para más información).

Recomendaciones:

  • Llegar al menos una hora antes al ferry, la fila para subir al ferry en temporada alta puede llegar a ser realmente larga y corre el riesgo de no poder subir.
  • El horario del ferry los domingos y festivos es diferente al de lunes a sabado.

Horarios de Ferry

Magangué-Bodega

Bodega-Magangué

Lunes a Sabado

Lunes a Sábado

7:00 a.m.

7:50 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:50 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

4:50 p.m.

Domingosy Festivos

Domingos y Feriados

8:30 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

2:00 p.m

2:50 p.m.

 

Vuelos: En Enero 2009 Grupo Taca declaró que iba a reiniciar vuelos desde Cartagena a Mompós.

 

Transport: Getting to and from Mompox August 3, 2009

 

Mompox is perhaps one of the last places in Colombia where you have to plan your travel given the combination of unpaved roads and rivers to cross and perhaps it is for this reason that it is often mistakenly written up as being “difficult” to reach. 

Off the beaten track, maybe, but difficult to reach, hardly.

One of the most common fallacies is that you will always need to catch a ferry to get here…WRONG! There is a ferry and there are river crossings but these are not always essential depending on which way you are arriving.

Here is a list of transport options to get to Mompos.

From Cartagena

Magangue ferry to Mompos

The Unitransco bus leaves the Cartagena terminal around 6am every morning. Arrive early to avoid disappointment especially in high season. Cost 35,000, arriving around 3pm.

You can also decide to leave later and catch the Brasilia bus to Magangue. While the Unitransco bus takes the ferry from Magangue (very folkloric and interesting) those travelers that have chosen to travel by Brasilia will have to find their way the two blocks to the riverfront and hop onto a chalupa (motorised canoe). The chalupa costs 6000 pesos per person and takes 20 minutes. Dropping you in the town of Bodega there are a good number of collectivo taxis waiting to get you to Mompos for 7000/8000 pesos per person.  

Collectivos from Cartagena

At the petrol station near to the bus terminal in Cartagena is a collectivo company, Cotransabana. Once a car is filled these leave for Magangue and cost in the region of 40,000 per person and take 3.5 to 4 hours.

Door to Door taxi service

The most expensive but in turn the most comfortable and convenient way to reach Mompos is by a direct taxi. La Casa Amarilla (lacasaamarillamompos@gmail.com) can help organise this for you. This journey takes 5 to 6 hours and costs 55,000 per person and involves no changing.

Driving from Cartagena

Head on the highway passing San Jacinto to Magangue (3.5 hours). The ferry to Bodega (on the island of Mompos) leaves from Yati about 1km outside Magangue. We recommend you get here an hour before the ferry is due to leave, timetables are below. The cost is between 15,000 and 18,000 per car, 2000 – 4000 pesos per motorbike and free on foot.

 

Magangué-Bodega

Bodega-Magangué

Monday to Saturday

Monday to Saturday

7:00 a.m.

7:50 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

1:50 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

4:50 p.m.

Sundays and Holidays

Sundays and Holidays

8:30 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

2:00 p.m

2:50 p.m.

 

From Barranquilla

The route is very much the same as if coming from Cartagena. There is a daily Unitransco bus leaving the terminal in the AM and there is also the option of a Brasilia bus to Magangue (see above for details how to get to Mompos from Magangue).

From Santa Marta

The most expensive yet quite convenient manner in getting to Mompos from Santa Marta requires booking your spaces in a collectivo van. This is a door to door service. You can organise this from La Casa de Felipe in Taganga.

If you are more keen on a cheaper more flexible alternative, then catch an 8am Brasilia bus heading to Bucaramanga but only as far as the crossroads at Bosconia 15,000 pesos, 2.5 hours. Here you will be mobbed by touts looking to get you on their particular ride. Stand back (in the shade!) and be wary. At around midday one of the La Veloz buses from Valledupar heading to Mompos should be heading through and you can hop on this for 25,000 all the way, 3 hours.

Should you miss the La Veloz bus, then do not dispair (do not head all the way to El Banco Magdalena – this is a longer and more arduous journey). You can wait for any bus heading in the direction of Sincelejo or Carmen de Bolivar. Catch this bus as far as La Gloria, 5000 pesos, 1 hour. Alight here and you will see transport waiting for Santa Ana/Taliagua Nueva and Mompos, 2 hours 20,000 pesos.

From Bucaramanga and Bogota

Leaving at around 5pm from the Terminal de Transportes in Bogota you can catch either the Copetrans or Omega bus all the way to El Banco Magdalena, 70,000 pesos 10-11 hours. Upon arrival in El Banco you will approached by touts offering to secure you a place in a 4×4 to Mompos. Look for white 4x4s since these are newer and more reliable. With air con the cost is 25,000 pp and without 20,000. If you arrive after midday then you may require hiring a motorcycle…this costs in the region of 28,000 per person and takes just under 2 hours.   

From Bucaramanga you can choose from Copetrans, Cotaxi and Cotransmagdalena to get to El Banco Magdalena. The cost is around 45,000 pesos and we recommend that you catch an overnight bus so as to arrive early in El Banco and be in Mompos before lunchtime. If you arrive after midday, getting to Mompos becomes more complicated as cars are less frequent.

From Medellin

Rapido Ochoa and Brasilia both have evening buses to Magangue. There is no longer any security risk on this route and you are advised to wrap up warm since the drivers are known to be over zealous with the air con on this overnight route. With stops the bus gets you into Magangue in the early morning. From here you need to make the Chalupa/ collectivo combination as described above to get the rest of the way to Mompos.

To the Coast from Mompos:

CARTAGENA: The Unitransco Bus leaves from the park outside La Casa Amarilla at 6am most days. Cost 40,000 pesos, 6-7 hours. There are also private collectivos that run every day leaving early in the AM (ask at reception), these take less time and offer a door to door service to your accommodation in Cartagena. Cost 60,000 pesos, 5 – 5 and a half hours. Otherwise, catch any transport to Magangue and from there find buses and collectivos that run directly to Cartagena.

BARRANQUILLA: The Unitransco Bus leaves at 6am most mornings. Cost 40,000 pesos, 5 hours. Collectivos and buses also leave from Magangue every morning to Barranquilla. This is also a good route to get to Santa Marta.

SANTA MARTA: There is a direct van that leaves every day twice a day, one departure at 5am and the next at roughly 10am. This costs 60,000 pesos to get to Santa Marta and a little more to Taganga. To cut costs you can also catch the AM Unitransco bus to Barranquilla and then a van from the terminal there for 1 hour and a further 10,000 pesos to Santa Marta.

TOLU AND COVENAS: Make your way to Magangue via collectivo and chalupa and there should be various buses, vans and collectivos heading to Sincelejo. Cost variable, 2 hours. In Sincelejo you are under 30 minutes from both Tolu and Covenas.

VALLEDUPAR AND LA GUAJIRA: There is a direct collectivo that leaves every morning to Valledupar (ask at reception). Cost 50,000, 5 hours door to door. You can also catch a 5am bus all the way with La Veloz – they will pick you up at La Casa Amarilla if desired Cost 40,000, 5 hours. From Valledupar you can easily find transport heading up to Riohacha to get to La Guajira. 

To the Interior from Mompos:

BUCARAMANGA: La Casa Amarilla can organise a comfortable 4×4 with a reliable driver to get you to the town of El Banco Magdalena. Cost 20,000 without air con in the back, 25,000 with air con inside, 2 hours. To catch the earlier bus (recommended) from here to Bucaramanga with either Omega, Cotaxi, Cotransmagdalena or Copetrans you will need to leave Mompos around 6am. Buses leave El Banco at 9am cost in the region of 45,000 pesos and get you to Bucaramanga around 5pm.    

SAN GIL: Follow the above instructions to El Banco Magdalena and Bucaramanga and then once you have arrived at the terminal catch any one of a number of buses that continue on to San Gil. This is a long day of travel but it is possible.  

MEDELLIN: To get to Medellin requires making the journey to Magangue via collectivo and chalupa. In Magangue head to the offices of Rapido Ochoa or Brasilia (around the corner from the docks). Each company has two options a day, at 7am and at 7pm. We recommend the overnight bus allowing you to sleep your way to Medellin arriving in the early morning. 

BOGOTA: All buses to Bogota leave around 4pm from El Banco Magdalena. In low season both Omega and Copetrans set their prices at 70,000 pesos. In high season this climbs to 100,000 pesos. We can organize your transport from Mompos to El Banco Magdalena in a 4×4 costing 20,000-25,000 pesos. You should arrive at the Terminal in Bogota around 6am the following morning.

RIVER TRAVELRiver travel on the Magdalena

In a perfect world we would all be travelling to and from Mompos on the river, but, given petrol prices and the silting issues in this stretch of the Magdalena river, travel all the way to Mompos is only achieved in periods of flooding when the roads are washed out.

However with Cotransfluviales from Magangue (Bolivar) and El Banco (Magdalena) it is possible to catch river transport along the Magdalena River to the interior. From El Banco Magdalena to Barrancabermeja (connections to Bucaramanga) costs in the region of 50,000 pesos leaves at 6am and takes 5 hours. From Magangue to Barrancabermeja costs 90,000 pesos and takes 8 hours.

 

 
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