Guatapé in Colombia – 740 steps to the top!

Today we turn our attention to the small village of Gutapé, not far from the Colombian metropolis of Medellin. Known for its vibrant colors, idyllic surroundings and cultural charm, Guatapé has everything that makes it a worthwhile destination. The landmark of the place is, of course, the Rock of Guatapé also known as El Peñol.

One of the first things that will excite you in Guatapé is undoubtedly the architecture. Colorful, hand-painted brick houses with ornate reliefs adorn the streets and give the city a unique atmosphere. These colorful buildings tell stories and reflect the vibrant culture and history of the region. But you should also be prepared that you won’t be alone in Guatapé. It is also a popular weekend destination for Colombians from Medellin and the surrounding area.

top sights in Guatapé

The Rock of Guatapé

The main attraction is undoubtedly the majestic rock of Guatapé, also known as El Peñol. It may look daunting at first, but the climb up the 740 steps to the top is well worth it. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the picturesque lakescape with its numerous islets. Admission to El Peñol costs just under 18,000 COP (~ €4). To get to the rock, it is best to take the bus from Guatapé to Medellin or to get off the bus coming from Medellin a little before Guatapé. The bus drivers can also help you there.

Stroll through the village of Guatapé

The heart of Guatapé is the main square, surrounded by restaurants, cafes and souvenir stores. The houses in Guatapé are famous for their ornate facades, decorated with vivid frescoes and decorative moldings. The people of Guatapé are proud of their traditions and folklore. Traditional festivals are held at regular intervals, where you can experience the lively Colombian dance and music spectacle.

Die Stadt von Guatapé

Boat tour

Besides the village and the rock, a boat tour is actually part of the standard program in Guatapé. We decided against it because of the crowds. However, the trip to secret bays is supposed to be very beautiful.

Water sports on the lakes

The water sports are especially popular with locals. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, jet skiing or wakeboarding in the nearby El Peñol reservoir. or the more adventurous, there are even opportunities for rock climbing and bungee jumping from the top of the cliff. You can also make a trip by boat and explore the secret coves and islands. In Guatapé everyone gets his money’s worth.

Guatapé’s nightlife is another attraction that draws backpackers. The city offers a variety of bars where you can meet other travelers and enjoy the lively ambiance. Listen to the Latin American sounds, dance to salsa or reggaeton and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife.

During your stay in Guatapé you should also try the local cuisine. There are numerous restaurants that serve traditional Colombian dishes. From delicious arepas to bandeja paisa and fresh seafood, you’ll find something for everyone. Let yourself be tempted by the culinary gen

Arrival to Guatapé

The easiest way to get there is by bus from Medellin. For this you have to go to the Terminal del Norte (located at the metro station Caribe). The trip takes about 2 hours and there are several buses daily.

Guatapé with a tour or on your own?

Anyone who has poked around our blog so far will surely know the answer. Getting there is super easy and there are plenty of accommodations on site, so it’s really not necessary to book a tour for this.

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