Private Tour of Gabriel García Márquez’s History in Barranquilla


Hotel el Prado Cra. 54 #70-10, Nte. Centro Historico, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia


10.9984417, -74.7999563


Hotel el Prado Cra. 54 #70-10, Nte. Centro Historico, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia


10.9984417, -74.7999563



Price per:

group, depending on group size


3 to 4 hours

During the tour, you will gain an understanding of Gabo’s lifestyle in the year 1950, as well as the locations that were a part of his daily routine. These include the New York Skyscraper, where he spent his evenings, as well as the neighborhood where the Librería Mundo and Café Colombia were situated.

Private Tour on Gabriel García Márquez's History in BarranquillaAs we traverse the bustling streets of Paseo Bolívar, you will have the opportunity to learn about these sites. You will also have the opportunity to explore the most significant landmarks in the city, including the church of San Nicolas, the Church of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, the place where he tied the knot with his wife, the Intendencia Fluvial, the location of the monument to the Yellow Butterflies, and the statue of Garcia Marquez, which can be found in the Cultural Park of the Caribbean.

In addition, we will take a tour of the Prado district, which is considered to be one of the most historic areas of the city. This neighborhood is also the location of the renowned El Prado hotel, which is renowned for its gorgeous architecture and is also the location where Gabo and Mercedes first met. At last, we will come to an end at the restaurant known as La Cueva, which was once the location where Gabo would meet with the renowned Barranquilla Group.

Private Tour of Gabriel García Márquez’s History in Barranquilla


  • Explore life of Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez
  • Guided tour with plenty of information


Plaza San Nicolas

A special place in the city that Gabo visited in the 1950s.

Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro

You will visit the church where Gabriel García Márquez married his wife Mercedes Barcha.

Paseo Bolivar

A place with many points represented in his biography. Here is located the ‘New York Skyscraper’ famous for being the place where he lived when he was a journalist for the newspaper El Heraldo, the famous San Blas street where there were several places he used to frequent with his group of intellectual friends.

La Cueva

A restaurant-museum that honors the life and work of Gabriel García Márquez, with many living representations of his story along with the acclaimed ‘Grupo Barranquilla’.

Plaza de la Intendencia Fluvial

A space where we tell stories related to Gabo and the great Magdalena River, a reference in many of his works, where there is also the monument of the ‘Yellow Butterflies’ allusive to the author.

Hotel El Prado

A place where Gabo used to attend dances with his wife Mercedes before his marriage. Also here is the famous booth of his cab driver friends who nicknamed him ‘Trapo loco’ (Crazy Rag’) because of his particular way of dressing.

El Prado (Pass By)

In this neighborhood there are several places that were related to the life and work of García Márquez such as houses and apartments where he lived or stayed that belonged to his friends of the famous Barranquilla Group.

Gran Malecon

An iconic place for the city from where you can appreciate the best view of the Magdalena River, a great reference in many of García Márquez’s literary works.


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