Before you came to Colombia, you may have read about the town of Macondo in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Now you can visit it. Yes, officially it’s called Aracataca, but the birthplace of the author seems to blur the lines between reality and magical realism, largely through the efforts of one Aan’t Goor (a.k.a. Tim Buendía). Goor is an eccentric 2m-tall” Dutchman who wears a dress around town, claims to be the last surviving member of the Buendía family from the novel and whose enthusiasm for the book knows no limits. His colourful hostel is named after Melquíades, the character who introduces ice to Macondo, and Goor/Buendía has even built Melquíades’s tombstone, to be visited as part of his hugely entertaining day-long tour of the town, which takes in a plethora of García Márquez-themed attractions, including the re-creation of the author’s family home.

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