The yellow butterflies are part of his book
100 Years of Solitude. They became a symbol of his book and of him its self.
Aracataca is built with all these elements that represent Colombia, the magic realism of Gabo in the yellow butterflies, the floor tiles that you can also find in the floors of Cartagena. Bags where the coffee is transported. The boats, the wood in the walls or the fishing nets represent the two oceans that surround the country. All these elements are a mix of the real and the unreal stories in literature and in the real life, just like it is the Magic Realism.