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Aracataca

All along the coast, when recounting some strange occurrence, a local will undoubtedly say the village, “pues, es un Macondo” (well, it's a Macondo). The original Macondo, though, is a town deep in the heart of plantations: Aracataca. It was here Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez was born and raised on the tales of his grandmother. The Arabesque church was where he was baptized. A few short blocks away is the Casa Museo, his childhood home.

 

 

If you’re familiar with Garcia Márquez’s work, a tour of this town will take you right back into his magical tales. The Casa del Telegrafista (featured in some of Gabo’s works) is at Calle 9 5-30. The railway station awaits the Ruta de Macondo train. Next to it, Remedios lies upon an open book, yellow butterflies dancing around her. In Barrio El Carmen is the tombstone of Melquiades, Macondo's original Gypsy and the first person to die in the mythical town (Calle 13 and Carrera 3, Barrio El Carmen).

 

 

If you want to stay in Aracataca for a while and check out why it is Macondo, there are several basic hotels. Catequeros are friendly—and great storytellers.

 

(Altitude: 40 m / 131 ft, Population: 28,535, City Code: 5)

 

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Other places nearby Aracataca: San Andres, Minca, Barranquilla, Tolú, Valledupar, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Taganga, Providencia and Santa Catalina and Ciénaga.




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Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez

In the rooms of Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez, the future Nobel Prize winning author was raised by his grandparents, Coronel Nicolás Márquez Mejía and doña Tranquilina Iguarán. ...
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