Gabo's history in Barranquilla




Barranquilla / Colombia


2 - 14


3 or 4 hours



Tour description

Tour the city and discover how Gabo lived in the 50's while you experience Barranquilla´s landmarks such as San Nicolas's church, Bolívar walk, the Fluvial Intendency, Prado neighborhood, or the "Gran Malecon" riverwalk, and learn about their relationship with his life and work as a jornalist and writer.

What are we going to do?

Barranquilla was crucial in Gabriel García Márquez's life and work; it marked his first steps as a journalist and was a fountain of inspiration of some of his characters of his most famous books.

During the tour you will know how Gabo lived in 1950, the places that play a part in his daily routine such as the old 'El Heraldo' newspaper, the 'Nueva York' skyscraper were he slept; or the were the 'La Librería Mundo' was located, while we walk through the noisy streets of the 'Paseo Bolívar' in the center of Barranquilla.

Also, you will get to know the city's landmarks such as the San Nicolas church; Perpetuo Socorro church, where he got married with Mercedes Barcha; the Fluvial Intendency, entrance gate for the world's immigrants and where the Yellow Butterflies monument is located; and the García Márquez statue, in the Caribbean Culture Park.

In addition, we will do a tour of the Prado neighborhood, an important sector of the city were the Prado Hotel is located, recognized for its architectonic delicacy and for being Gabo's and Mercedes first date.

Later, we will arrive to the old building of 'Bellas Artes', founded by Pedro Biava, an italian musician that traveled to Barranquilla and inspired the Pietro Crespi character in the 100 Years of Solitude book. Also we will go to the 'Letras Amarillas' foundation, targeted to the education of vulnerable population using the Colombian Nobel winner life's work.

To finish, we will go to 'La Cueva' restaurant, a place where Gabo use to get together with his group of intellectual friends, to taste a typical caribbean drink.

What does it include?

  • Roundtrip from the hotel.
  • 1 drink.
  • Tourist guide.
  • Insurance and medical assistance for emergency cases.

Use comfortable shoes and light clothes

Don't forget to bring your camera to capture your best memories.

We care for the enviroment! Use your own water bottle.

We recommend this tour for children older than 12 years of age.


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