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12 Photos That Prove Mompox, Colombia is the Town of Magical Realism

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Updated: 28 January 2018
The little town of Mompox in Colombia – located on an island in the Magdalena River with no bridges – has long been called the town of ‘Magical Realism’ due to its isolation, beauty, and surreal location. The label might have become a bit of a cliche in recent years, but it’s undeniably accurate, so here are 12 stunning photos that prove Mompox is the town of Magical Realism.

Every square in Mompox is like a postcard

And they are just as beautiful by night

The riverside location of Mompox just makes it even more magical

It might be even more magical from a boat…

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more surreal, look who hangs out on the rooftops!

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Simon Bolivar even spent time in Mompox

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How can you beat a view like this?!

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Walking these streets is like being transported into the pages of a Garcia Marquez novel

The colours are simply astounding

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And it’s as magic at dawn…

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…as it is at dusk

Mompox: the town of Magical Realism for sure