Gabo's Macondo is not a fictional town
A tiled Cartagena street sign tells me I am in Calle de la Amargura, “The Street of Bitterness”.
Eating among Cartagena's "fart-smellers"
The massive wall of stone, brick and coral around Cartagena de Indias, built to keep English pirate Francis Drake out, now keeps tourists in, creating a world apart from the modern life of gleaming glass and steel outside.
Take a nice bath – in mud
From Cartagena, I take a wobbly motorbike to the Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, where rickety wooden stairs lead to its low peak.
Separating myth from reality in Colombia
Hello Colombia, with an African, Indian and Spanish heritage that has produced a culture uniquely rich. This fertile ground gave seed to the work of Gabriel García Márquez, the country’s Nobel Prize-winning novelist famed for his use of “magic realism”. Reality is still hard to separate from myth in Colombia and, indeed, many outsiders believe the myth before the reality.