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Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

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68 reviews

Activity provider: Epic tours Medellin
Water activity

Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

Activity provider: Epic tours Medellin

From US$ 81.33 per person

Climb the impressive monolith Rock of El Peñol on this day trip from Medellín. Ride a boat by the dam, enjoy a traditional Colombian lunch, and admire colorful streets and tile facades of Guatapé.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from hotels located in the central area of Medellín; please provide your hotel name and address. In case your hotel is out of the pickup zone, the closest meeting point will be provided.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Climb the El Peñol Rock and marvel at incredible views of Guatapé
  • Admire the beauty of the city of Guatapé and its unique colorful tile streets
  • Enjoy a boat tour of the reservoir and savor an included lunch
  • Get the personal touch on a private tour with a bilingual guide
  • Benefit from convenient hotel pickup and drop-off in Medellín
Full description

Sail across the reservoir of Guatapé to see sights like the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home on this day trip from Medellín. Hike the Rock of Guatapé for stunning panoramic views. Explore the city of Guatapé and savor delicious local lunch. 

Be picked up in Medellin and board an airconditioned van for the drive to the Guatapé region. Board a comfortable boat for a cruise through the reservoir. Pass by Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and Pablo Escobar's old home.

Go up the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé (Piedra del Peñol), a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith. Delight in magnificent views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam which was built in the lands of the old town of Peñol in the 1970s.

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.

Return to Medellín by van after lunch and be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from central Medellín hotels
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish and English-speaking)
  • Boat ride
  • Entrance tickets to the Peñol Rock
  • Lunch
  • Traditional snack
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Pickup is available from hotels located in the central area of Medellín. In case your hotel is outside the pickup zone, the closest meeting point will be provided
  • For wheelchair users, please contact the local partner ahead of time to prepare the appropriate transport
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4.8 /5

based on 68 reviews

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We had a wonderful day trip to El Penol and Guatape with Fabio. Guatape was a beautiful sight to see that I would recommend to any visitors who are coming to Medellin. It’s about 1.5 hours away from the city but is so worth it. Our trip was even more amazing thanks to Fabio, who was incredibly kind, friendly, and super helpful. It was just my boyfriend and I in our tour, and Fabio’s car was comfortable and he was a great, safe driver (which is apparently difficult to find in Medellin). We feel that we made a new friend in Fabio, who went out of his way to make our experience meaningful, comfortable, worry-free, and fun. Highly recommend this company and tour guide

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March 24, 2023

We loved our 7 day stay in Medellin and we are glad we expanded our view of the city with this day trip outside to Guatape and its beautiful lake. Like the city, the lake and region need to be seen to comprehend! Manuel provides an excellent guide and knows the market so well he gets to each attraction just before crowds form behind you.... His english, knowledge and driving skills are very commendable. Highly recommended.

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March 24, 2023

Manuel was an amazing guide. Very funny and very insightful. He picked us up right in front of the hotel and took us safely to Guatape. His life story is incredible and so inspiring. His knowledge of Colombia and Guatape made the trip that much better. Thank you for such an amazing trip!

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 317567