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Medellin Day Trip: Guatape and El Peñol

Visit the colourful city of Guatape outside of Medellin, Colombia and climb El Peñol, a gigantic rock that provides gorgeous views of emerald waters and sprawling land. This day tour from Medellin will show you the beautiful nature and fascinating culture that can be enjoyed about 2.5 hours away from Colombia’s second-largest city.

Guatape is a small town located along a reservoir and you will get to experience all its charm and history with your guide. Then climb more than 600 steps to the top of a 200m-high granite monolith set near the reservoir named El Peñol. This Medellin day trip will also give you the chance to glide across the stunning reservoir on fun boat ride. This day trip from Medellin is perfect for travellers looking to experience fascinating culture and awesome views.

Depature Time: 9 am Monday-Sunday 

EXPERIENCE TYPE Nature and Culture

Medellin Guatape Tour

Guatape and El Peñol Tour Details


We will pick you up from your hotel in Medellin and drive about 2.5 hours to reach the town of Guatape. With its vibrant colours and proximity to the water, Guatape serves as a popular holiday spot among Colombians. The main plaza features a beautiful traditional church and small shops that sell handicrafts and souvenirs. Visitors will eat lunch in this small town. Your local guide can make meal recommendations, but fresh trout is always a great lunch option in this region of Colombia.

El Peñol

Also known El Peñon de Guatape, this 200m-high granite monolith was once worshiped by indigenous people. Workers installed a staircase along the side of the rock so visitors can climb more than 600 steps to reach the top. The climb is not difficult, but people with bad knees might find it challenging. Take your time on the climb to enjoy the stunning views. Once at the summit, revel in the picturesque emerald-green water below.

Reservoir Boat Ride

Take a ride on a boat through the reservoir that sits around Guatape and El Peñol. Your tour guide will teach you more about the importance of this body of water and you will get a chance to see other tourists and locals take part in water sports and activities. A boat ride is a great way to enjoy a new perspective of the area while getting to relax after climbing so many stairs.


  • Private transfer to and from your hotel
  • A professional tour guide, fluent in English
  • Entry tickets to EL Penol
  • Reservoir boat ride
  • Traditional Colombian Lunch
  • Day activity insurance


  • Tips and other discretionary expenses
  • Alcohol


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