Tour Locations | Cartagena de Indias: From India Catalina to Plaza de Santo Domingo
Gabriel García Márquez
The building next to the hotel and behind those large ochre-coloured walls is the house that Gabriel García Márquez used when he came here on vacation or to work.
He lived in Mexico City, but he found Cartagena de Indias inspiring for his life and professional career.
He was greatly lauded for his tales and novels, and was a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Marquez began his writing career in Cartagena. He came in 1948 to study law, but also worked as a journalist to support himself. He got a job at El Universal, the still leading daily newspaper of Cartagena.
Cartagena was the inspiration for his novels such as Love in the Time of Cholera, Of Love and Other Demons, and many of his magical realism tales, scripts and chronicles. The air, the temperature, the streets and the people of this place seeped into the pages of his works.
There is a timeless feeling of magic in Cartagena. I hope you take it in as you keep walking along the wall.