Novels take you to adventure and travel to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s magical Colombia

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Colombia, South America vacations are a hot ticket for travelers looking for zest and magic. Tourists visit Colombia to discover the meaning behind Colombia’s slogan, “Magical Realism.” The Magical Realism joins with the literature of Colombia’s distinguished Nobel Prize winning author, the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


To start you on your magical journey, you may want to read the following stellar novels by Marquez.

The General in His Labyrinth takes General Simon Bolivar, “the Liberator” of five South American countries, takes a last melancholy journey down the Magdalena River, revisiting cities along its shores, and reliving the triumphs, passions, and betrayals of his life. Infinitely charming, prodigiously successful in love, war, and politics, he still dances with such enthusiasm and skill that his witnesses cannot believe he is ill. Aflame with memories of the power that he commanded and the dream of continental unity that eluded him, he is a moving exemplar of how much can be won—and lost—in a life.




One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. As critics say: The novel is inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.






Love in the Time of Cholera is a dramatic classic love story. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career he whiles away the years in 622 affairs–yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.





After your novel reading magical journey, you’re ready to plan a vacation to three of Colombia’s special places.


Where to stay and enjoy Colombian magic:

Cartagena might just be the prettiest and best-preserved colonial city in South America. Strollingthe narrow cobbled streets of the old town, with its massive balconies covered in bougainvillea and church spires looming overhead, feels like something out of a fairy tale.

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Where to explore a spiritual and architectural wonder:

The Santuario de la Lajas is one of these wonders that men once created, a Neo-Gothic Cathedral between 2 cliffs that is also a bridge, lost in some incredible scenery with waterfalls and beautiful views. The Cathedral was built on the bridge spanning the river gorge between 1916 and 1944.

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Where to have an Indian Jones experience:

Ciudad Perdida (Spanish for “Lost City”) is the archaeological site of an ancient city in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada. Discovered about 800 CE, it’s some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. This location is also known as Teyuna and Buritaca.

If want to do one thing in Colombia that gives you an extreme experience, walk to Teyuna, the Lost City of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. If you’re reasonably fit take the four-day 47-km hike for a slice of paradise you will always cherish.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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