A tour you can't miss when visiting Medellin
One of Colombia's most visited places has to be part of your itinerary when visiting Medellin. During this tour, you may climb up the 600+ stairs to the top of the 200 meter high rock of Guatape and have a superb view of the reservoir and surroundings. But if you're not into climbing stairs, you can still admire the gorgeous landscape at ground level and see the colorful facades of Guatapé's charming houses. Optional adventures include a 300 meter canopy ride right from Guatape's Waterfront or a boat-ride on Guatapé Dam to get a peek at some of the houses of several famous and infamous Colombian personalities, both of these at additional cost.
We'll start with an 8:30 am suggested pick-up time at your hotel. We will head east in the same direction as the airport but then take a different route when we get to Alto de Las Palmas and continue driving east along the road that goes to Llanogrande. There's no doubt this is a longer route but way more scenic and very worth the extra drive. No wonder it's known as the Green Route. After driving past the Faith Reservoir and Fizebad area we'll make a short detour for a refreshing stop at Tequendamita Waterfall. We'll then drive past the famous Wood Street in Rionegro and then head straight to the Rock of El Peñol. At the Rock, you can decide if you want to climb it or not as the view from the base is already jaw-dropping. We will then head to Guatapé for a pueblo stroll and see the eye-catching zócalos (colorful façade decorations) followed by lunch. At the waterfront, you may check out the canopy and see if you feel tempted enough to have a quick zip-lining adrenaline rush before heading back to Medellin.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick-up at your hotel in Medellín.
End location: Drop off at your hotel in Medellín or at any other reasonable place at your convenience.
Duration: 7 hours
We travel in a comfortable Toyota Suzuki SUV or a Toyota SUV, both with A.C..
• Pick-up at your hotel in Medellín.
• Roundtrip transportation Medellín / Guatapé / Medellín (170+ kms)
• Stop at the Rock of El Peñol also known as Peñón de Guatapé (entrance fee not included).
• Stroll through waterfront and Remembrance Street.
• English speaking driver / guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25000 COP - Lunch: usually under US$9.00 per person.
Rock of El Peñol entrance fee: US$5.00 per person.
Canopy: US$4.00 per person (if interested).
Boat ride: US$50 for the longer ride or $30 for the shorter one. Prices in USD are just for information purposes only as they only receive Colombian Pesos. 1 USD = $3,100 COP approx. as of December, 2015
Lunch and entrance fee to the Rock of Guatape are not included.
Optional activities such as a 984 ft. canopy adventure and boat ride are not included either.
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Andres was a fabulous guide as he took us on the scenic route, shared lots of history, guided us through the town and found a fabulous lunch spot. The view from the top of the rock was stunning - worth climbing 700 steps.