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From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

1. From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

Spend a day visiting the municipality of Guatapé, the city of many names: known variously as the interior sea of Antioquia, the Acapulco of Colombia, the interior Cartagena, Paraíso Paisa (paradise country), Remanso de Paz (haven of peace) and the heart of Antioquia's East, the city was actually named in honor of Cacique Guatapé, an inhabitant of this territory in the pre-Hispanic period. Spend a day visiting this growing and colorful city, made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facade of the houses. For the third part of the day, enjoy a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir with crossover music. See panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Throughout the whole day, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary.

From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

2. From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

Depart Medellin early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Piedra del Peñol. You’ll have 1.5 hours to climb the 742 steps to the top of the historic rock and return to the base.  If you do not want to climb to the top, there is plenty to do at the base, with many shops selling local artisanal goods and many cafés as well. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the Piedra del Peñol or along the boardwalk in Guatapé. Take a guided tour of Guatapé, and then board a boat for a cruise on the Guatapé Reservoir. You will then start the return journey back to Medellin.

Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

3. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

After being picked up in Medellin, drive for 1.5 hours to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé. Once there, take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Soak up panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Then, climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith surrounded by abundant water and vegetation. At the summit, delight in magnificent 360-degree views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam, built in the lands of the old municipality of Peñol in the 1970s. Next, visit Guatapé, a growing and colorful city made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facades of the houses. Replenish your energy with a lunch of rice, beans, fries, salad, and a choice of pork, chicken or beef, with a refreshing drink included. Return to Medellín after and be dropped off at your hotel.

From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

4. From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Visit Marinilla where you will see the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and the town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

Guatape Coffee Villa including Rock Town & Waterfall

5. Guatape Coffee Villa including Rock Town & Waterfall

Your friendly, licensed and perfectly fluent tour guide picks you up at your hotel at 9:00. From there you will be transported to a new, comfortable vehicle with air-conditioning, tinted windows and insurance. It's a 2-hour drive to the private coffee villa, so lay back and relax while your certified coffee expert guide delights you with all the intricacies of our land, history and culture. Ypur first stop is at a secluded waterfall where you can take a quick dip and allow the falling water to massage your body, or just recharge your batteries and be in total bliss, while breathing in pure air surrounded by rich landscape. Next, you'll visit the organic coffee villa nestled on top of the Andes mountains, where you will learn the full coffee process hands on, surrounded by nature, exotic flowers and fruits. Guests will enjoy unparalleled views from the terrace and can go for a quick hike around the villas trails. Leaving the villa, head out to climb the huge rock of El Penol and enjoy the best view of the World from the top! Your taste buds will be delighted while you savor succulent, Paisa dishes with gusto, as we break for lunch in a clean restaurant juxtaposed to the lake in Guatape! After a delicious meal, Guatape's colorful town plaza will enthrall and fascinate you with all it's charming, vibrant edifices, stunning architecture, church, restaurants, cute shops, souvenir stores, colonial style homes with opulent balconies adorned with flowers hovering over you, and much more! Lastly, you will be dropped off at your hotel at approximately 17:00, depending on traffic and climate conditions. Book in advance, you don't want to miss out, this tour is a must if you are in Medellín!

Medellin and Guatape Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour

6. Medellin and Guatape Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour

Learn about the life and times of the drug lord Pablo Escobar on a guided tour of Medellin and discover how the city has changed since his death in 1993. Loved and feared by millions, Pablo Escobar’s story is intimately linked to the recent history of Colombia’s second largest city. Travel back to the time of Pablo Escobar's reign over the city and learn about his extensive cocaine operation. Visit many historical sites with Escobar associations, from the modest community where he grew up to the house where he was shot dead in 1993, and his grave next to the “Black Widow” drug lord, Griselda Blanco. Another highlight is the Monaco Building (Edificio Monaco) where he lived and survived a bomb attack by the rival Cali cartel that was designed to kill him. For the second half of the 8-hour tour, head east for an hour to see Escobar’s abandoned mansion “La Manuela” from top of the El Peñol rock. Then take some time to explore the beautiful facades of the Guatapé village, grab a bite to eat and use the facilities. Finally, hop on a private boat to Escobar’s mansion and walk around to see what’s left after years of curious visitors tearing down walls and cabinets.

Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

7. Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

To start with, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before you head to the east area of the region, enjoying the beautiful landscapes on the way. The total transfer time is 90 mins.  The first stop is the replica of el Peñol, a little town that was flooded in the late seventies to build the Dam in this region. Then you will have an amazing and informative coffee experience. Learn about the history of the coffee, collect coffee like a farmer, learn about all its processes, taste coffee, and learn how to differentiate between good and bad coffee.  After enjoying a delicious coffee, you will have the energy to climb up Peñol Rock. When you get to the top, you'll be able to enjoy the best panoramic views of the region. The last stop will be Guatape, which is a beautiful colourful town and a site that, due to its uniqueness, has become one of the must-see destinations for those who travel to Antioquia.

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What people are saying about El Peñol Rock

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 1,522 reviews

Ginna, our tour guide, was excellent. She explained everything very clearly and was extremely friendly. She managed the group extraordinarily. As for the tour company, communication was excellent and all went as planned.

This tour was well organized, everything is on time, and the crew were superb. Sandy, Sandra, and Luis are a great team. The value of this tour can't be beat. I enjoyed my day in Guatape. Thank you!

Amazing day all around. Our guide Ginna was so fun and very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the hike to the top of La Piedra. I would recommend this tour 100%. Best day in Colombia!!!

Mateo and Veronica were excellent guides. They were always attentive and friendly. They let my friends and I take the best of Guatape. Highly recommended.

La organizacion y el carisma de las guias hicieron de esta experiencia un dia increible!