Guatapé Nature & adventure

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Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

1. Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

Meet at Park Poblado early in the morning and take a bus tour of the valley to the picturesque colonial town of Guatape. Stop at the famous Penol Rock along the way and climb up 740 steps for the most incredible views. Visit the town of Guatape, where your tour guide will explain the history behind this vibrantly colorful town. Have a traditional lunch in the historic town before embarking on your own personal speedboat for a brief tour of the lake. Set up camp at your fabulous glamping location on the lake and your guide will explain what adventures await. Go hiking atop Paradise Mountain for breathtaking views of the sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner. Then after an amazing night falling asleep to the sounds of nature, wake up fresh and early the next for some of the best coffee in the world. Then, take the kayak out to the waterfall, try some wakeboarding in the smooth water of the morning, or just relax at the glamping site. Take a speedboat ride back to Guatape at about noon. Enjoy some free time before your transfer back to El Poblado in Medellín.

Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

2. 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.

From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

3. From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

Discover Guatape on a private, customizable tour by car from Medellin. Visit a coffee farm, walk up the mighty Rock of Guatape, and walk through vibrantly colorful village streets during your tour. Your guide will explain the culture and the history of the region, so you end your day full of local facts. Meet your guide at your hotel in Medellin and sit back and relax on the roughly 2-hour-long car ride to Guatape. Once there, stretch your legs with a walk through town. See the Main Square with its intricate white and red Cathedral, the colorful Plazotela de Los Zócalos, the Street of Memories, and more. Then, go on a 40-minute coffee tour, where you get a better understanding of the whole process of Colombian coffee, all told by the same farmers in the region. Next, climb up the 700 stairs to the top of the unmissable, 220-meter-high Rock of Guatape that looms over the town. Enjoy panoramic views of the Peńol reservoir from its peak. Best of all, as this is a private tour without any time restrictions, you can stop whenever you want and tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences.

From Medellín: Customizable Guatapé Tour w/El Peñol & Lunch

4. From Medellín: Customizable Guatapé Tour w/El Peñol & Lunch

The Guatapé tour is one of our most incredible experiences! Includes private round trip transportation from your hotel to Guatapé, we will pick you up at 8:00 a.m. and arrive in Medellín at approximately 5:00 p.m. You will start the journey from Medellín, climbing the mountains to the East of Antioquia department, an agricultural and energy producer region. First, you will cross one of the most extensive tunnels of America (9 KM), then pass next to villages like Guarne, Marinilla, and El Peñol. In the last one, you will visit the "Réplica," a cozy and colorful square built to remember the original town that flooded to construct the dam. Here you will be able to see also the central market and, depending on the day, the museum that exposes art from the region and its history. Then we will continue to Guatapé, where you will enjoy a traditional dish for lunch and walk around the colorful streets to learn about its history. After a short stop in a premium café place, you will take a private boat to enjoy some of the islands from the water while you listen to the music you like. The next stop will be the Rock, which you can climb or see from the helicopter (optional and extra cost). After this beautiful journey, you will be back in Medellín. Optional, we offer you a dinner stop in a famous Colombian fusion restaurant in Marinilla (you assume the cost at the restaurant). Also, you can ask for a helicopter ride so you can see the town from the air. The cost: X 1 person 288 USD X 2 person 377 USD X 3 person 466 USD X 4 person 619 USD

From Medellin: Guatape Lake Boat Tour and El Peñol Rock Hike

5. From Medellin: Guatape Lake Boat Tour and El Peñol Rock Hike

ake our advice and don’t miss this experience out. Come to Guatape with us and discover real authenticity through the warmth of people. On this full-day tour, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and along with the driver they will head north for 2 hours to the first stop: El Peñol. When near, you’ll recognize Guatapé as soon as you see the dam, and right away the imposing rock of El Peñol far in the distance. This is an enigmatic rock nobody knows where came from and there are all sorts of speculations about its origin. Although it looks challenging, you’ll get how rewarding it’ll be to climb its 700 stairs, after having one of the most breathtaking views Colombia may offer. Once all of you have made it downstairs, you will get back in the car to drive through El Peñol town and then make it to Guatapé. In here you will tour around the colorful streets along the dam, learning about the history behind this man crafted beauty. By this time, you will go to a local restaurant to have a marvelous traditional lunch. The dam was created after flooding the old Peñol town. Now it is responsible of generating energy for millions of people. You will visit it on a boat tour after lunch and will visit one of the only houses that remain after the flooding, at this place you will have a big chunk of history behind the town and superstition. Once back in town, you will head back to Medellín, this might be a 2 to 3-hour ride depending on traffic. Our day will finish once the driver takes you back to your hotel. If it’s a must-do is because it’s a must-do. So, join us and have a trip to remember!

Guatape Coffee Villa including Rock Town & Waterfall

6. 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!

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What people are saying about Guatapé

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 372 reviews

First, the bilingual guided tour to Guatape was excellent with our guide Sandy. The drive to Guatape is charming, the climb up Penol is so worth it, the lunch with the group and the tour is two thumbs up! Second, the lakeside glamping was priceless - above and beyond expectations. You're not just glamping near the water, you're glamping on the water! The hosts were thoughtful and hospitable from the speedboat journey to the tent amenities to the home cooked meals. At every turn the space is beautiful and tranquil. We are SO grateful to Andrea for making this experience one of the best trips we had during our two weeks in Colombia!! Tips: There are actually two separate vendors for each experience in this bundle. Be prepared to spend a repeated afternoon in Guatape with the guided tour group after the overnight glamping experience. Make sure you have some cash on hand for this journey. We returned to Medellin at 6pm the next day. Plan accordingly!

This tour was amazing from start to finish, while on the bus ride over there the tour guide will inform you of various landmarks you pass on the way. Once you get to the first destination which is the rock, you can choose to climb it which I completely recommend, the views from up there are amazing. Then you get to walk around the town of guatape which is beautiful & to finish it all of you then go to your campsite on a speed boat, which was amazing & to me it literally made my trip 100x better. You’ll meet Andrea and her daughter isabel who are the most welcoming & loving people I’ve ever met. They make sure you have a good time while you stay at their finca and make you feel like your at home. Everything was perfect for me at the camping site, it’s the best activity I’ve done in Colombia. I have literally no complains, the only downside is that I did not book it for longer. But I will definitely be back soon!

Everything was great from start to finish, I didn't want to leave! Guatape is the perfect place to escape for some peace, quiet, relaxation, and nature. From the boat ride to/from the glamping site, to the food and drinks, to the coziness of the glamping site itself, to the many activities available (we went hiking, wakeboarding, and tubing) - everything was excellent! But the thing that made this experience special was the hospitality provided by JJ and Andrea! They make you feel like friends instead of guests :) One night was definitely not enough time, and I feel like it's such a great value as it also includes meals, transportation to/from Medellin, access to the Penol Rock, and a Guatape walking tour. Do yourself a favor and book this activity...you won't regret it!

The tour was very nice. The absolute highlight was the glamping, very quiet and pleasant and you could still do everything possible.

Cesar was our private tour guide for our group of 3. We had the best time! Highly recommend.