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This is the tour of our route – not in a battered motorboat, but on a modern bus, along a narrow line of paved road, with Ciénaga Grande on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.
The road takes us to Ciénaga, no longer a “mysterious town”, nor the small and prosperous town of the Banana Zone where the historic episodes immortalized by García Márquez in his novels took place, but a thunderous, chaotic city with remnants of its past splendor.
Ciénaga was founded by Friar Tomás de Ortiz and is located 35 kilometers from Santa Marta. Richard McColl, a journalist from London’s BBC, called it “the capital of Colombian magical realism”.
Ciénaga, a municipality in the department of Magdalena is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, on the northeastern tip of Ciénaga Grande.
Consult the complete texts on Ciénaga in Las rutas de García Márquez guide, available at the following bookshops: Librería Nacional in Cartagena and Barranquilla and Librería Ábaco in Cartagena.