Welcome to Mompós
Mompós is one of Colombia's most perfectly preserved colonial towns. Remotely located deep inland on the banks of the Río Magdalena, the town (also known by its original Spanish name of Mompox) has essentially been in decline since river transport patterns changed in the mid-19th century, leaving it – quite literally – a backwater. Its similarities to García Márquez' fictional town of Macondo are striking, and Mompós, ironically, is a far better place to soak up the atmosphere of One Hundred Years of Solitude than García Márquez' nearby hometown of Aracataca. The 21st century finds this forgotten gem rising again, with a steady proliferation of boutique hotels and restaurants in recent years. It's easily the most charming town in northern Colombia, its decaying facades and multicolored churches reminiscent more of Havana's old town than of polished-and-buffed Cartagena.