Guatapé and El Peñol Travel Guide ✩ Colombia!
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Today we take you to this colorful Town, two hours away from Medellin, where even Pablo Escobar had its own house!
The colorful town
I think the colors of Guatapé show the real soul of Colombia: a bright colored country with loving people and chill roots. This little town, where even the church lights up during the night, can make you fall in love and even decide to stay a little longer than you planned!
Here the top things to do in the town:
Walk around the colorful town and enjoy this explosion of colors;
Sit on the stairs of the plazoleta de lo zocalo, behind the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, and listen to street artists maybe with a warm coffee in your hands;
Shop beautiful handicrafts in the multiple artesanal shops;
Jump in a mototaxi!
Tip: use it for only short length distances or the price (that you have to set before) will get higher;
Eat grilled fish in the front of the dam.
The construction of the Embalse Peñol-Guatapé started in the 70s and it had to cover part of the old town to be created! Today it is one of the most important electric production centers of Colombia!
Even if it is not nature-made, it is beautiful and offers a lot of activities like jet skiing and boat rides!
We paid for 1hr 30min boat ride, for both of us, 70000 COP (around 20EURO 22USD dollars) from which you can see:
Pablo Escobar’s house that was burned down by “Los Pepes”.
Fun Fact: Now you can play paintball in the house ruin!
A beautiful view of the big rock, “La Piedra”, from the dam;
The place where an all neighborhood had to be submerged, now is remembered by a big cross;
The beautiful nature that surrounds the dam!
La Piedra Del Peñol
This 200 meter high rock stands in between the two towns of Guatapé and El Peñol. They both claim its ownership.
La Piedra is probably the product of a volcanic erosion, but we love more the theory that a local told us: is an asteroid 😀
Whatever it is, this rock is as beautiful from the ground as at the top. Walking up the 659 stairs will take your breath away, literally!
The entrance is 15000 Colombian Pesos (around 5USD /4.50EUR), but the vision from up there is worth it!
Few more tips:
We didn’t have the time to go, but they told us that the close town of San Rafael is worth it. There you can also go trekking, hiking and biking other than visit some of the many waterfalls.
How to get to Guatapé from the Montenegro airport in the cheapest way:
Take the airport bus that will take you to the town center
From the town of Montenegro take a bus that arrives to Marinilla
From Marinilla take a taxi “colectivo” to el Peñol
From el Peñol there are trucks “colectivos” that will take you to Guatapé