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Gabriel García Márquez’ stories full of magic realism were inspired partly by Ciénaga, a town in the department of Magdalena, which is part of the Colombian Network of Peoples Heritage. Located on the Caribbean Sea near the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Ciénaga is notable for the diversity of its landscapes and its well-preserved architecture.
What to do in Ciénaga
Ciénaga was a native village when it was catechized by Fray Tomás Ortiz in 1529. Since then it has been instrumental in the development of the Colombian Caribbean as evidenced in is its historic centre, declared a National Cultural Heritage Site in 1996. Here you can experience banana cultivation; enjoy hot springs and take part in a festival honouring the alligator.
The wealth created by banana cultivation in Ciénaga can be seen in the historic centre of this town in Magdalena, which has been well preserved.
ACTIVITIES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
Walking through the historic centre of Ciénaga you can see the splendour that the town once displayed owing to the extensive banana plantations around. You can also visit nearby stilt villages in the area.