I’ve been intrigued with Mompox, Colombia (sometimes called Mompos) since I first heard about it. The colonial town 125 miles south of Cartagena de Indias on the coast on an island surrounded by marshes in the middle of the Magdalenas and was once a port used to store gold, silver, and emeralds – out of reach from pirates on the coast. It sounds straight out of a Garcia-Marquez tale. Richard McColl, a British journalist who’ve I’ve looked to for Colombia advice on a few occasions, runs a hostel there, La Casa Amarilla. One day I’ll get there and write about it here.
For now you’ll have to read Michael Jacobs, author of Andes, writing about it here for the Telegraph in the U.K.:
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