Guatape & El Peñol Tour
The excursion to Guatape / El Peñol is one of the most popular day trips from Medellin for both locals and tourists alike.
From the top of El Peñol rock you have an amazing view of the man-made lake. The nearby town of Guatape should not be missed for its colourful zocalos that adorn the local houses.
…one of the most memorable parts of my nine day stay in Colombia. It was truly a full day tour. I met some of the most amazing people and we still keep in touch. I would highly recommend this tour!Rebeccak757 - Tripdvisor
Climb the rock for Colombia’s most iconic view
As we begin the wonderful journey to the Guatapé paradise, we’ll make our first stop 40 minutes from Medellin to enjoy a delicious typical breakfast. Then our journey continues through a neo-colonial style village that today is of “cultural interest”, this town is called Marinilla. We will take a break to enjoy the town square and buy delicious fresh fruit. After passing through this small and cozy village the tour continues through mountain trails where you can see fields of corn, beans, potatoes, onions & peppers, among other produce.
Later, after tasting the typical delicacies of our country, we’ll find a modern town called “New Peñol” which means that the adventure is about to begin, because we are only twenty minutes of meeting the majestic “El Peñol” stone, the world’s third largest stone and the first to be able to be climbed via stairs. In this modern town, we’ll stop to take a look at the sculpture of the Phoenix representing a town emerging from the water. After passing through this town, there will be another stop for the adventurous who want to climb the 740 steps of the Peñol stone. From the top you will not only be able to appreciate the immensity of the dam and its surroundings but you’ll also experience one of the most scenic views in the whole of Colombia.
Next we will be arriving our surprising destination, Guatapé, a small town that will excite us with its architecture, cobbled streets and brightly colored houses decorated with a peculiar type of moulded art on the skirtings of every house, very typical of this area and said to represent “the family, daily life and enjoyable pastimes”. During our tour through Guatapé we’ll take a break for lunch where we can try one of the local species of fish that the dam offers. After lunch we’ll tour this little piece of lagoon by boat accompanied with relaxing music and some drinks. This is how we end our tour through a village with its own light and beautiful people, an unmissable journey that will leave you with beautiful experiences to remember forever.