El Peñol Rock

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El Peñol Rock: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

    Spend a day visiting the municipality of Guatapé, the city of many names: known variously as the interior sea of Antioquia, the Acapulco of Colombia, the interior Cartagena, Paraíso Paisa (paradise country), Remanso de Paz (haven of peace) and the heart of Antioquia's East, the city was actually named in honor of Cacique Guatapé, an inhabitant of this territory in the pre-Hispanic period. Spend a day visiting this growing and colorful city, made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facade of the houses. For the third part of the day, enjoy a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir with crossover music. See panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Throughout the whole day, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Please note that the order of the itinerary may var...

    Marlo was an excellent and caring tour guide. One of the best tours I have ever done in my life. He always made sure we were looked after, satisfied. He was extremely kind to everyone and tour was very well organized. He gave us enough time to explore each stops. And always greeted us with a welcoming smile. He even gifted us hand sanitizers because we really liked the one he was using. He went above and beyond, went to a shop and bought us 3 bottles of the same one he was using. We wanted to pay him but he didn’t accept the money.

  • From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

    2. From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

    Depart Medellin early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Piedra del Peñol. You’ll have 1.5 hours to climb the 742 steps to the top of the historic rock and return to the base.  If you do not want to climb to the top, there is plenty to do at the base, with many shops selling local artisanal goods and many cafés as well. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the Piedra del Peñol or along the boardwalk in Guatapé. Take a guided tour of Guatapé, and then board a boat for a cruise on the Guatapé Reservoir. You will then start the return journey back to Medellin.

    This is an absolute must you need to do this tour. We had a blast and it was so picturesque

  • Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

    3. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

    After being picked up in Medellin, drive for 1.5 hours to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé. Once there, take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Soak up panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Then, climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith surrounded by abundant water and vegetation. At the summit, delight in magnificent 360-degree views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam, built in the lands of the old municipality of Peñol in the 1970s. Next, 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 included. Return to...

    Manual, was beyond knowledgeable and Made our vacation an epic memory! I would I highly recommend him to the entire world! Patient, understanding, only the highest standards of integrity! Abs he took us way off the grid to give us the best photos and views of the area. High recommend!

  • Medellín: Guatape Village and Coffee Tour

    4. Medellín: Guatape Village and Coffee Tour

    To start with, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before you head to the east area of the region, enjoying the beautiful landscapes on the way. The total transfer time is 90 mins.  The first stop is the replica of el Peñol, a little town that was flooded in the late seventies to build the Dam in this region. Then you will have an amazing and informative coffee experience. Learn about the history of the coffee, collect coffee like a farmer, learn about all its processes, taste coffee, and learn how to differentiate between good and bad coffee.  After enjoying a delicious coffee, you will have the energy to climb up Peñol Rock. When you get to the top, you'll be able to enjoy the best panoramic views of the region. The last stop will be Guatape, which is a beautiful colourful town and a site that, due to its uniqueness, has become one of the must-see destinations for those w...

  • Medellin and Guatape Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour

    5. Medellin and Guatape Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour

    Learn about the life and times of the drug lord Pablo Escobar on a guided tour of Medellin and discover how the city has changed since his death in 1993. Loved and feared by millions, Pablo Escobar’s story is intimately linked to the recent history of Colombia’s second largest city. Travel back to the time of Pablo Escobar's reign over the city and learn about his extensive cocaine operation. Visit many historical sites with Escobar associations, from the modest community where he grew up to the house where he was shot dead in 1993, and his grave next to the “Black Widow” drug lord, Griselda Blanco. Another highlight is the Monaco Building (Edificio Monaco) where he lived and survived a bomb attack by the rival Cali cartel that was designed to kill him. For the second half of the 8-hour tour, head east for an hour to see Escobar’s abandoned mansion “La Manuela” from top of the El Peñol...

  • From Medellín: Guatape Rock and Coffee Farm Tour

    6. From Medellín: Guatape Rock and Coffee Farm Tour

    With an 8 AM pick up, you head to the east part of Antioquia. The first stop is a fruit stand on the road, brief but substantial as you are offered different exotic fruits you didn't even know existed with delicious sweet or sour flavors, including the chontaduro, tree tomato and lulo. The second stop is Replica Town where you will be able to see and feel what it was like to live in a flooded town. Your guide will tell you all of the history of this town and show some pictures of how it was before. The third stop is a coffee plantation, one of the most authentic tours you can do in Colombia. Between the time coffee beans are planted, picked and purchased, they go through a typical series of steps to bring out their best. The coffee production stages you will see are planting, picking the ripe beans, de-pulping, fermenting and washing, drying, milling, and roasting. After this memorable ...

    Absolutely amazing. Andres was on time, have a great description of the day. Allowed us to cater the day to our needs. Every stop was amazing. The rock was more difficult to clone then we originally thought but totally worth it once you got to the top. The coffee was delicious and the tour of the farm will blow your mind. Guatape was great, we could of definitely spent more time there. The food was awesome at the Guatape stop. I would 100% recommend this to anyone. The transportation was perfect.

  • From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

    7. From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

    After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Visit Marinilla where you will see the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and the town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

    Mauricio was a great guide. He picked us up at our apartment in Medellin on time and spoke great English - told us great stories and explained everything the entire day. We had a nice breakfast closer to El Peñol and then we went on a 45 minute boat ride on the Guatapé dam. Next we went to climb the Rock. It has stunning views of the area and it’s totally worth it. We were exhausted and stopped for a nice lunch right after of typical paisa food. Yummy. From lunch we went into the town of Guatapé and it’s famous zócalos. My wife is a photographer and Mauricio took us on a walking tour for several hours. It’s a gorgeous, whimsical place. We stopped for great café at the plazeta and bought nice and very reasonably priced arts and crafts. By the end we were exhausted but very happy. Guatapé must be one of the prettiest towns we’ve ever visited. We highly recommend this tour (Sergio, the owner, runs a very tight ship snd checked in with us before, during and after. Fantastic experience).

  • Guatape Coffee Villa including Rock Town & Waterfall

    8. Guatape Coffee Villa including Rock Town & Waterfall

    Your friendly, licensed and perfectly fluent tour guide picks you up at your hotel at 9:00. From there you will be transported to a new, comfortable vehicle with air-conditioning, tinted windows and insurance. It's a 2-hour drive to the private coffee villa, so lay back and relax while your certified coffee expert guide delights you with all the intricacies of our land, history and culture. Ypur first stop is at a secluded waterfall where you can take a quick dip and allow the falling water to massage your body, or just recharge your batteries and be in total bliss, while breathing in pure air surrounded by rich landscape. Next, you'll visit the organic coffee villa nestled on top of the Andes mountains, where you will learn the full coffee process hands on, surrounded by nature, exotic flowers and fruits. Guests will enjoy unparalleled views from the terrace and can go for a quick hike...

  • From Medellin or Guatapé: Wakeboarding at Peñol-Guatapé

    9. From Medellin or Guatapé: Wakeboarding at Peñol-Guatapé

    In this full-day experience, you may choose to meet your guide at the meeting point in Guatapé, or enjoy a hotel pickup in Medellin, depending on where you are staying. If you are in Medellin, your car will pick you up from your accommodation to begin a 90-minute drive towards the East. The initial activity will be a guided walking tour through the colorful village of Guatapé, mostly known for the decorative tiles adorning the lower facade of the houses. Learn about the village's history and culture from your guide. From there, you will continue to the famous El Peñol, a monolithic rock 220 meters high. Reach the summit by climbing 740 steps for an incredible 360-degree view over the surrounding landscape. After descending, you will be served a traditional lunch known as a "Fiambre". It consists of rice, beans, meat, yuca and fried plantains in a typical wrap that travelers used to ea...

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What people are saying about El Peñol Rock

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,062 reviews

Alex was our tour guide and he was awesome! His English is great, explained everything thoroughly.. and our group was pretty awesome! I highly recommend!

Such a beautiful one-day adventure, Totally worth it. Medellin and its surroundings are completely amazing, just pack up lots of sunscreens and enjoy.

So much in one day The most unique tour I’ve ever had And Yesid was accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable! Highly recommend!!

The tour was amazing! It was very well explained, it include plenty activities and the place is gorgeous. I highly recommend it!

Had a great time with Marlon the tour guide and the driver Fernando were both very friendly. Definitely recommended it