This tour will take you to one of Colombia's must-see attractions, to the immense rock La Piedra de Guatapé also known as El Peñol – the stone – or simply La Piedra. After managing 649 stairs, you will enjoy a magnificent view.
What to Expect
This tour will take you to one of Colombia's must-see attractions, to the immense rock La Piedra de Guatapé also known as El Peñol – the stone – or simply La Piedra. Merely a 1.5 hour drive away east of Medellín, the rock is located right next to the Peñol-Guatapé Dam, close to the border of the towns Guatapé and El Peñol. More than 200 meters (650 ft) high, the massive 10 million tonne monolith is visible far from the distance. Being almost entirely smooth, there is only one wide crack all the way down from the top to the bottom. This crack was used to build a masonry staircase into it, making it possible to climb the rock and cherish the view from the top, breathless after climbing 649 stairs.
After the bus ride, you're ready to start the hike up to the top of La Piedra, where you'll have time to relax and marvel at the 360° view over the beautiful lake and its magnificent surroundings. On the small platform you'll be able to buy a snack and a cold beverage, plus little souvenirs from the vendors. Back at the bottom of El Peñol you''ll board a boat on Guatapé Lake to have a closer look at the environment and capture its beauty from another angle. You will also hear the story about the letters G and U imprinted on the north side of the rock, telling you about two cities claiming El Peñol as their own.
The next part of the tour includes visiting the gorgeous colorful town of Guatapé. Walking down the cobblestone streets of this laid-back town of Guatapé, you'll take your time to admire the decorative panels at the base of the houses, each with a different theme chosen by the owners. In Guatapé you'll also have a delicious meal in one of the nice restaurants with traditional dishes, including the area’s best ingredients. After a good hike, a boat trip and a walk through the town of Guatapé, you'll return to the bus and head back to Medellín.
- Private transportation from and to your hotel
- Expert guide in English or Spanish
- Tickets to visited attractions
- Boat ride
- A typical Colombian dish
What's Not Included
- Meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
Know Before You Go
• Comfortable clothing and footwear is recommended. The order of the tour can be modified due to weather conditions