Of all the places we visited in Columbia Dec-Jan 2013-14, Mompos sticks most in our memories: not simply the town and surroundings, but La Casa Amarilla too, in an ideal location and with a perfect atmosphere to reflect on and digest the town. Mompos is timeless, and not a place which necessarily strikes you immediately. It took us a few hours, post Cartagena, to start appreciating its hidden treasures, but we were soon regretting having to leave after only 3 days.
In our experience, La Casa Amarilla will orient you as much or as little as you want – boat trips (a must), silver filigree workshops, a tuk-tuk “tour” (very informal; very worthwhile) and more. The owner and staff went out of their way to help us acclimatise to make the most of our stay, as well as fix our onwards trip, which worked a treat.
LCA has 1-2 better rooms upstairs which cost somewhat more, but they allow a little more privacy and have some welcome finishing touches.
Note that – not surprisingly, given its location – fresh water is at a premium in Mompos: during our stay, we had one night (6pm-6am) with no running water. It’s a town issue (not the accommodation).
Breakfast is good, and is at one big table with fellow lodgers. The personally selected beans provide that vital and delicious cup of coffee you won’t find in the town until late afternoon. The same shaded courtyard area also offers a haven from the midday heat.
Nothing moves fast in Mompos: you need to relax to the tempo. LCA will get you in the groove.
Good for single travellers or couples. Some rooms might suit families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only true guesthouse in a colonial mansion in front of the river for travelers in Mompos. We have comfortable, spacious and clean en suite private rooms as well as more economical "backpacker rooms", a communal kitchen, a sitting room with cable TV and a large colonial main room. The Casa Amarilla is equipped with wifi and hammocks sway between the pillars of the house around the internal garden and those who come for just a day or two often end up spending more time enjoying the roof terrace and company of other like-minded voyagers. Come and enjoy colonial Mompos - the Garciamarquian heartland. ... more less
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