Things to do in El Peñol

Our most recommended things to do in El Peñol

From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

1. From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín and learn about this colorful city from your guide. Board a sightseeing cruise to the breathtaking Piedra del Peñol followed by lunch. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Medellín and travel to the vibrant city of Guatapé. With your guide, explore the colorful streets with their artistic tiled facades and fascinating history. Then, board a boat and sail through the reservoir. Enjoy panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol, and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Learn about the sights from your guide. Disembark and visit the imposing Piedra del Peñol. Explore your lush surroundings with plenty of great photo opportunities, particularly if you choose to climb this impressive monument. After, regain your strength with a delicious lunch. Make one more stop at the Plaza de Zocalos and admire the colorful murals and the history behind them. After the tour, be returned to where you were picked up.

From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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!

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What people are saying about El Peñol

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 1,859 reviews

Marlon is the best!! Viaja Meddelín Tour… Big bus breakfast and lunch. It start with Peñol and then guatape and it ends with boat trip with a really nice view!

Really great day out. Professional, courteous, helpful. Right balance between being guided and allowed to explore. Really enjoyed

Great trip. communicates well. From getting on the bus, breakfast, sightseeing, lots of interesting and fun information.

I loved this trip. Mateo was a great tour guide and I learned a lot.

Excellent, definitely one of my Columbian highlights.