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How to get here

Find an exhaustive yet complete list of instructions of how to reach Mompos and from where

You have probably heard that getting to Mompos is “difficult” or “complicated”, or perhaps you dozed off during that History class and you are not sure as to where Mompos is located. Mompos is found in the department of Bolivar at just 5 hours from Cartagena and getting here is actually pretty straightforward. Mompos is located within the confines of the Mompos Depression – a large area of wetlands – and is the largest freshwater island in South America. Its isolation has kept this jewel of colonial architecture well preserved and the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From the Caribbean Coast

If arriving from the Caribbean coast you will need to reach Magangue and catch a Ferry. If you are coming from Santa Marta, the route in is different.

Please read carefully.

*The following information is subject to change and prices could have increased since this page was last updated. Remember that prices for public transport rise in high season (December, January and Easter).

From Sincelejo and Monteria

Public Transport: Take a bus or collectivo taxi to Sincelejo and from there to Magangue. We have detailed information on this page how to get to Mompos from Magangue. Price of the collective taxi from Monteria to Sincelejo: $25,000 pesos, time: 1:40 hours, Sincelejo to Magangue: $16,000 pesos, time: 1:30 hours, timetable: All transport leaves when full.

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road to Sincelejo and then towards Cartagena turning off to go to Magangue. At El Bongo, just one half an hour from Sincelejo find the the highway to Magangue. In Magangué head to Yatí to catch the ferry to Bodega. In Bodega continue on the road to Mompós. Consult the ferry timetables on this page.

Approximate journey time from Monteria: 5 hours

Approximate journey time from Sincelejo: 3 hours

From Tolú and Coveñas

Public Transport: Take a bus or collectivo taxi to Sincelejo and from there to Magangue. Look at our page to see how to arrive from Magangue. Price collectivo taxi from Monteria to Sincelejo: $25000 pesos, time: 1:40 hours; Sincelejo to Magangué: $16000 pesos, time: 1:30 hours, Timetable: Transport leaves when full.

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road to Sincelejo and then towards Cartagena turning off to go to Magangue. At El Bongo, just one half an hour from Sincelejo find the the highway to Magangue. In Magangué head to Yatí to catch the ferry to Bodega. In Bodega continue on the road to Mompós. Consult the ferry timetables on this page.

Approximate journey time from Coveñas: 5 hours

Approximate journey time from Tolú: 4:30 hours

From Cartagena

Public Transport: From Cartagena there are various options:

Door to Door Van: Picking you up from your home, hotel or hostel this service brings you directly to the Casa Amarilla. Cost: $75000. Approximate Journey time: 6 hours. Timetable: Your driver will inform you. Contact: Toto Express 3107070838.

Unitransco Bus: This leaves every day from the Cartagena bus Terminal. Price: $50000. Time: 8 hours. Timetable: 6:30 am.

Collectivo to Magangué and from there a boat to Bodega-Mompós. The collectivo leaves from the petrol station outside the Bus Terminal in Cartagena. price: $40000. Time: 3:30 hours. Timetable: 6:00 am until 5:00 pm. The boat or chalupa leaves when full.

There is also a door to door service from Magangue which leaves at 4:00am with ABC Limusinas. In Magangue you should catch the chalupa to Bodega-Mompos. Price: $45,000. Time: 3:30 hours. Timetable: 4:00am until 5:00pm.

Flights: There are charter flights and for more information please contact us.

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road towards Sincelejo, turning off at the crossroads at El Bongo and head to Magangue. In Magangue drive to Yati in order to catch the ferry to Bodega. In Bodega continue along the road all the way to Mompos. Check Ferry times on this page.

Approximate journey time: 5 hours

From Barranquilla

Public Transport: Take a Unitransco bus from the Cartagena terminal which goes direct to Mompos. Price: $55,000. Time: 6 hours. Timetable: 6:00am.

There is also a door to door service from Barranquilla to Mompós.

Or you can go to Magangue and from there to Mompos.

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road to Sincelejo and the turn off at the crossroads at El Bongo in the direction of Magangue. In Magangue head to Yati where you can catch the Ferry to Bodega and then continue on to Mompos. Check the timetables of the Ferry on this page.

Approximate journey time: 6 hours

From Magangué

Public Transport: From Magangué take a chalupa to the port of Bodega. Price: $7000. Time: 15 minutes. Timetable: 6:00 am until 5:00 pm. The chalupa leaves when full.

In Bodega take a colectivo taxi to Mompós. Price: $10,000. Time: 40 minutes. Timetable: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm.

By Car or Motorcycle: In Magangué head to Yatí to catch the ferry to Bodega. In Bodega continue on the road to Mompós. Consult the ferry timetables on this page.

Approximate journey time: 1:20 hours

Ferry timetable</p> <p>Magangué - Bodega: Lunes a Sábado: 7:00 a.m-1:00 p.m-4:00 p.m.<br />                                 Domingos y Feriados 8:30 a.m-2:00 p.m.</p> <p>Bodega - Magangué:  Lunes a Sábado-7:50 a.m-1:50 p.m-4:50 p.m.<br />                                   Domingos y Feriados: 9:20 a.m - 2:50 p.m.

From Santa Marta

Public Transport: There is a private van that leaves Santa Marta on a daily basis at 3:00 am (yup 3am!) and at 11 am costing $70,000 pesos. You can get directly in touch with Omaira on his cellphone 3114148967.

A more economical option is to head to Santa Ana (Magdalena) or Bosconia (Magdalena) and from there to Mompos.

Approximate journey time: 6 hours

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road from Bosconia-La Gloria-Santa Ana-Mompós. In Santa Ana cars cross the river on a “platform”. This crossing runs until 6:00 pm.

Approximate journey time: 7 hours

From Valledupar

Public Transport: Take the door to door service which picks you up from your hotel, home or hostel in Valledupar and brings you directly to the Casa Amarilla. You can get directly in touch with Lalo Castro on his cellphone 3126735226. price: $50000. Time: 6 hours. Timetable: in the morning at the driver’s discretion.

Another option is to take the Veloz or Cootracegua bus which leave every day from the Terminal at 4 am and another leaves at 8 am.

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the route from Bosconia-La Gloria-Santa Ana-Mompós or the route from Cuatro Vientos-San Sebastián to Mompóx. In San Sebastián cars cross the river on a “platform” which runs until 6:00 pm.

Approximate journey time: 4:30 hours


From the Interior

From the interior of the country you will need to head to El Banco (Magdalena) for all journeys aside from if you are coming from Medellin which requires passing through Magangue on the road going to Monteria.

From Bogotá

Public Transport: From the Bus Terminal in Bogota take a bus to El Banco (Magdalena) in Modulo 3. Price: $90,000 pesos. Approximate journey time: 14 hours. Timetable: 5:00pm. Operators: Coopetran and Omega. Once you have arrived around 6am in El Banco you must take 4×4 to get to Mompos. This transport costs $35,000 with air conditioning and $30,000 pesos without.

Flights: We recommend catching a flight to Corozal (Just 15 minutes from Sincelejo) and from there making the overland connections to Magangué-Mompós in public transport (see the section on transport from Magangué). You can also catch a flight to Cartagena and continue to Mompós from here (see the section on transport from Cartagena).

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the highway called the “Ruta del Sol” which leads to Santa Marta. Once you are in the Department of Magdalena just after passing the town of Pailitas and before reaching Pelaya, pass through the Toll booth at El Burro (Magdalena) and the turn off to the left on the road to Tamalameque (Magdalena) and continue on to El Banco (Magdalena) In El Banco take the road to Mompos. On this road there is no point at which you need to take a ferry.

Approximate journey time: 14 hours

From Bucaramanga

Public Transport: Take a night bus leaving from the Bucaramanga Terminal to El Banco (Magdalena). Price: $60,000 pesos. Approximate journey time: 9 hours.

Buses from Bucaramanga to El Banco:

Cotaxi: 3:30 am. Tel: 6372999

Cootramagdalena: 5 am, 5:30 am, 8:30 am. Tel: 6373400

Coopetran: 5 am, 8:30 am, 11 am, 10:30 pm.  Tel: 6376100

You will arrive early in the morning in El Banco. We do not recommend the day time journey to El Banco because after midday there are very few options leaving El Banco to Mompos. And then you will have to spend the night in El Banco.

In El Banco you should take a 4×4 to Mompos. The price with air conditioning is 35,000 pesos and without is 30,000 pesos.

A different form of getting to El Banco is to take the boat from Barrancabermeja.

Approximate journey time: 8 hours

By Car or Motorcycle: In your car pass San Alberto (Cesar) and take the Ruta del Sola to El Burro (Magdalena) and then take the road to El Banco (Magdalena). In El Banco take the road to Mompos. On this road there are bridges and you do NOT need to take a ferry.

Recommendation: If you are driving from Bucaramanga remember to leave early since the journey is approximately 7 hours and the state of the road between El Banco and Mompos is largely unpaved and so we cannot recommend you travelling this way at night.

From San Gil

Public Transport: From Bucaramanga catch a bus to El Banco (Magdalena) or a boat from Barrancabermeja to El Banco.

By Car or Motorcycle: Arriving from Bucaramanga take the road towards San Alberto (Cesar) and from there the Ruta del Sol. Head to El Burro (Magdalena) and then take the road to El Banco (Magdalena). In El Banco take the road to Mompos. On this road there are bridges and you do NOT have to take a ferry.

Approximate journey time: 10 hours

From Barrancabermeja

Public Transport: If you are coming from Barrancabermeja you can catch a boat from here all the way to El Banco (Magdalena), and from there get to Mompos in a 4×4. The boats leave at 6:30am in the El Yuma Port.

There is also a bus option from Barrancabermeja to El Banco (Magdalena). Price: $60,000. Approximate journey time: 8 hours. Timetable: 5:00 am, 6:00 am y 8:00 am. Operators: Cotaxi and Cotransmagdalena. We cannot recommend the bus at midday as you will arrive too late in El Banco to catch transport to Mompos and you will have to spend a night in El Banco.

If you plan on spending the night in Barrancabermeja we can recommend hotels for you.

By Car or Motorcycle: Arriving from Bucaramanga take the road towards San Alberto (Cesar) and from there the Ruta del Sol. Head to El Burro (Magdalena) and then take the road to El Banco (Magdalena). In El Banco take the road to Mompos. On this road there are bridges and you do NOT have to take a ferry.

Approximate Journey time: 7 hours

From Medellín

Public Transport: From Medellin there are two options:

Take the direct bus to Magangué.

Take a bus to Sincelejo and from here a collectivo taxi to Magangué.

Schedule of Buses from Medellín- Magangué:

Expreso Brasilia: 8:45 pm. Time:12 aprox. Price: $103000 pesos. Tel: 2309871

Schedule of Buses from Medellín to Sincelejo:

Rápido Ochoa: 4:00 am, 7:00 am, 7:15 am 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. 10 hours approx. $103000 pesos. Tel: 4448888

Expreso Brasilia: 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 10:00 am, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. 8 hours approx. $103000 pesos. Tel: 2309871.

We recommend taking a flight to Corozal (just 15 minutes from Sincelejo) and from there to Magangué-Mompós in public transport. (see the section on Magangue).

By Car or Motorcycle: Take the road heading to Monteria, pass Sincelejo and then turn towards Cartagena and make the turning to Magangue at the crossroads called El Bongo. In Magangue head to Yati and take the ferry to Bodega. From Bodega you can continue to Mompos Check the ferry timetables on this page.

Approximate journey time: 10 hours