Colombian tourism has something ideal for everyone. Whether you are into natural locations, historic spots, or cultural sites, we have you covered.
The Piedra del Peñol, and the nearby town of Guatapé, are a couple of areas that offer everything you could wish for. Keep reading to discover the many things you can do in these charming destinations.
The Piedra del Peñol is a giant monolith located about 46 miles from the city of Medellín. It rises 721 feet above the Peñol-Guatapé reservoir, offering a striking view of its many lakes and islands.
Reaching the top of the rock is one of the area’s favorite activities for visitors. People get there by climbing a 740-step stairway built inside a natural crack on the monolith. Do not get discouraged! It is not as challenging as it sounds.
The steps are wide, allowing people to stop when necessary on the way up or down. All you need are comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as sunscreen. Remember to also stay hydrated when going to the top.
Experienced climbers can also conquer the Piedra del Peñol via various routes established by local tourism companies. Once at the top, prepare to marvel at the incredible views of the reservoir. You can also grab a snack or shop for souvenirs and crafts.
When visiting the Piedra del Peñol, nature beckons at every turn. Paragliding and hang-gliding are available for further exploration of the landscape from above.
If you want to stay grounded, you can go trekking and mountain biking as well. Local tourism businesses also offer motorbike and horseback rides. Finally, cruise the reservoir’s turquoise waters on boats, jet skis, or in kayaks.
Just off the reservoir’s shore, Guatapé is a typical paisa town. Its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets make it a perfect place to take photographs. Most of its houses have colorful wainscoting, which showcases their owners’ occupations as well as local indigenous history.
Calle del Recuerdo, or Memory Street, is a mandatory stop in Guatapé. Furthermore, you cannot miss the social media-worthy Plazoleta de los Zócalos.
Finish off your visit with some hearty food! Indulge in local flavors and try Guatapé’s famous trout dishes. You can also find international cuisine, such as Thai or Italian, as well as vegetarian and vegan meals.
The Piedra del Peñol, and greater Guatapé area, is about two hours away from Medellín. This proximity makes it a great day trip from the city, which is already a popular travel destination.
The City of Eternal Spring is a year-round tourism favorite for entertainment, culture, and adventure. It also offers some incredible seasonal activities, such as the Feria de las Flores, or Flower Fair.
You can drive to the Piedra del Peñol, or take a bus. There are companies with daily routes, leaving from the Terminal del Norte, one of Medellín’s main bus terminals. However, the schedule is not always favorable and tickets sell out easily.
We recommend to book the tour with a travel agency on beforehand.
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