Aracataca: Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife, Getting There

...<= Aracataca Travel Guide Part 1: Attractions, Visits, Activities

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ACCOMMODATION, HOTELS, HOSTELS
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Tourism in Aracataca has barely taken off so you won’t find a big offer of accommodations to spend the night. We recommend:  


Inside the Gypsy ResidenceThe Gypsy Residence
This hostel is famous between travellers thanks to his owner, the Dutch artist Tim Buendía, who has been working on the arousing of Macondo’s story in the town and its inhabitants. He has a nice place, with different types of accommodations, and also offers guided tours through Aracataca and the most important events in García Marquez's life.
Prices: dorms at 20.000 pesos per person, double at 60.000 pesos with shared bathroom, suite at 90.000 pesos with private bathroom.
Address: Cra. 6 No. 6-24
Cel: (57) 321 251 7420 / http://www.thegypsyresidence.com

You can also find some residences that offer the basic comforts, at a very good price. If you're looking for something like this, search for the Residencia Porvenir: it's located in the town center and you will receive a very kind treat.

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EATING AND RESTAURANTS
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Food in Aracataca is simple so don't expect something gourmet here, but there're still some nice options.

For breakfast, enjoy a natural fruit juice around the main plaza and visit the bakeries or cafeterias in town. For lunch or dinner go to:

La Hojarasca Restaurant
A magic place to have a nice dinner with some typical dishes or some appetizers in the middle of the afternoon. They also have vegetarian options and are located next to García Marquez's house.

El Patio Mágico
A restaurant located in a natural environment where you can enjoy simple but well prepared meals, in the middle of a beautiful garden. It's located in the center, at Calle 7 # 4 - 57.

Donde Memo
For something lore local, ask for the restaurant Donde Memo. They have a menu and the owner is very nice.

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NIGHTLIFE, BARS AND CLUBS
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There is not much to do here besides grabing a couple of beers from one of the tiendas (small stores).

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GETTING THERE
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From Santa Marta take a bus to the Bus Terminal to Aracataca. The trip takes around an hour and a half and it costs 10.000 pesos.

From Barranquilla it last around two hours and a half and it costs 17.000 pesos.

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We would like to share with you what our friend Tim Buendia form the Gypsy Residence wrote about this magical place:


It’s not every day you get to be a character in a Nobel Prize winning novel.

Aracataca is one of the most charming towns you can visit on your travels through Latin America. People sit outside their homes playing music and chatting, a small canal with arcing bridges runs through it, and there are public art installations scattered about. All of the buildings are painted in cheerful colors, and unlike many other places, there isn’t any graffiti. It hasn’t been swept up in the Gringo Trail yet, so it has an extraordinary authentic feel to it.

This is Gabriel Garcia Marquez land, where one of the world’s most proclaimed writers was born and grew up until he was nearly ten years old, and where he was inspired to write his master novel- 100 years of solitude... Ara means river and Cataca is the name of the indigenous tribe which inhabited this area. The city was founded in 1885, it received its independence in 1912, but it was withdrawn that same year until in 1915; we have started counting (down) the hundred years of solitude that are about to finish and plan to make Aracataca one of Colombia’s most visited destinations.

Sound is being spelled with an accordion as children play barefoot in the streets. The museums include GGM’s birthhouse, which teaches about the frontier between history and imagination, and The House of the Telegrafist, which shows us original antiquities from Gabo’s house and the golden era of Banana exploitation. The recently built tomb of Melquiades is proof of Aracataca’s newly found identity as the capital of magical realism; little by little this sleepy town is waking up.

...<= Aracataca Travel Guide Part 1: Attractions, Visits, Activities

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