Guatapé is definitely a destination you should not to skip on your trip if you come all the way to visit Medellin.
A two-in-one highly recommended to spend the day just two hours from Medellin
Without a doubt, the best excursion from Medellín you can make.
- Peñon de Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol : Travel Guide
- Best Things to Do in Guatapé
- Medellin to Guatapé: Buses and Day Tours
- Best Hotels in Guatapé Colombia
- History of Guatapé and Peñol’s Rock
Guatapé Colombia Wiki
Guatapé is a municipality in Colombia, located in the department of Antioquia, 1h30 hours from Medellín.
A world famous destination for being the town of the “Zocalos” and the home of the Piedra del Peñol.
While the Piedra del Peñol is undoubtedly one of the best viewpoints in Colombia and the world.
Guatapé is located at 1,925 meters above sea level, the climate is temperate with occasional rains and its average temperature is between 21ºC and 13ºC.
When you approach the Peñón de Guatapé, what will impress you at first glance is to see a huge rock in the middle of nowhere.
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Visit Guatapé FAQ
Is it possible to visit Piedra del Peñol and Guatapé in one day?
Of course it is. It is possible to do everything in one day from Medellin, even on your own. In case you do it this way we advise you to take one of the first buses or busetas, they start at 5:30-6am and take the last one at 8pm to return to Medellín from Guatapé.
In this case, the first thing would be to visit the Piedra del Peñol, telling the driver to drop you off there and after the visit, take a moto-chiva (tuk tuk) to go to Guatapé for 10000 Cop, do the visit and then return to Medellín.
Another option, if you don’t want to worry about anything, is to book this Guatapé Excursion + Boat Trip or this Guatapé Excursion, both with a Spanish speaking guide.
What is a Zocalos
The baseboards of Guatapé , called “zocalos”, are those small works of art that appear on the lower part of the houses, which originally served to protect the facades from the voracity of chickens and humidity.
What to See in Guatapé ?
– Peñon de Guatapé (also know as Peñol’s Rock)
– Plaza de los Zocalos
– The Umbrella Street
– Main Park
– El Malecón
How to Book a Day Tour to Guatapé and Peñol’s Rock ?
Since Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol is one of the most common tours from Medellín, you won’t have any trouble finding one.
You can ask at your accommodation, or take a look at this tour to Guatapé.
The advantages are that you are picked up and returned to your accommodation wherever you are, without worrying about going to the South Terminal, renting a car or testing your skills by haggling with a reliable taxi driver.
How to get from Medellin to Guatapé ?
By public bus
This is the cheapest and most comfortable way
It’s the way you can move around on your own without worrying, even if you have to get up a little early.
To go by bus to Guatapé, you must go to the South Terminal in Medellín.
The best way, and again, the cheapest way is to go by subway and get off at the Caribe station.
There, you will have to go to the ticket office from 14 to 19, and buy the bus ticket to Guatapé, although it will really stop you at the Peñón de Guatapé which is a bit earlier.
Price is 16.000 Cop.
How to get from Peñón de Guatapé to the village of Guatapé?
Easy and simple.
Once you finish the visit, and go down to the base of the Piedra del Peñón, you will see Moto Chivas (local Tuk-tuk) waiting for tourists to take to the village.
The price is 10.000 – 12.000 Cop
But if you prefer walking, you can do it. It takes about half an hour, but beware, there is a stretch where everything is road, but you can go on it without any problem.
What to see in Guatapé ?
Guatapé is a small town, which is traveled with pause and in not much time.
– Main Park and its church Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Guatapé : in the purest colonial style. The curious and colourful fountain in the centre of the square is a meeting place for the inhabitants of the village. And for the visitors, there are the restaurants, cafes and other places where to distract themselves.
– Plazoleta de los Zócalos : This is one of the liveliest places in Guatapé, but not the only one. The music, the colorfulness of the whole square and its adjacent houses. If there is color in Guatapé, this square looks like a Pantone color palette.
Remembrance Street Fountain : It is named after all those houses that were left under the waters of the Guatapé reservoir.
– La Roca del Peñol
What is the history of Guatapé and La Piedra del Peñol ?
The Peñol – Guatapé reservoir is actually an artificial lake or lagoon that was built in the 1970s, against the will and social demonstrations of the inhabitants of the area.
This hydroelectric megaproject required the demolition and flooding of the urban centers of El Peñol and Guatapé, the relocation of these towns, and the displacement of hundreds of rural families whose main activity was the cultivation of tomatoes, onions, corn, yucca and bananas.
Despite the difficulties, today the inhabitants of Peñol and Guatapé are determined to keep alive the memory of their old towns, and an ideal plan to learn about the history is to take a boat ride on the lake.