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

Activity provider: Tours Guatape

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

Activity provider: Tours Guatape
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Discover the colorful town of Guatapé on a guided day trip from Medellín. Wander through the charming streets, enjoy a hearty lunch, relax with a cruise on the reservoir, or choose to climb the 742 steps of the Piedra del Peñol for scenic views.

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Duration 11 hours
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Spanish, English


  • Take a break from the busy city of Medellín and visit the quiet town of Guatapé
  • Climb 742 steps to the top of the Piedra del Peñol to enjoy the scenic views
  • Discover some of the colorful murals of the town on a guided walking tour
  • Eat a traditional Antioquian lunch along the scenic boardwalk in the town
  • Sit back and relax on a boat cruise along the gentle waters of the reservoir
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Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city of Medellín with a guided day trip to the quiet rural town of Guatapé. Admire the views from the top of the Piedra del Peñol, eat lunch in a top local restaurant, and enjoy a scenic cruise on the reservoir surrounding the town.

Meet at one of two central meeting points within Medellín in the early morning. Drive northwards out of the city and admire the scenic mountain valleys before reaching Guatapé, a world away from the busy city.

Start by climbing to the top of the Piedra del Peñol, a 656-foot tall granite rock that towers over the region. After climbing the 742 steps to reach its summit, be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

If you opt to not climb to the top, you can enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to wander around the charming neighborhood. Explore shops selling local artisanal goods, or stop at one of the cafés to try some coffee and chocolates.

Continue by taking a guided walking tour of the town itself, and be enchanted by its vibrant colorful streets. See a variety of zócalos (murals) that make every building a work of art.

With your guide, discover the various meanings of these colorful artworks. Some may serve as advertisements for local bakeries or grocery stores, while some depict significant local people or historic events.

Then, enjoy a hearty lunch on the boardwalk. Hear the gentle splashing of the water of the reservoir as you get a taste of traditional Antioquian cuisine.

Finally, set off on a boat cruise along the still waters of the reservoir. Cruise by the elegant haciendas (country homes) and granjas (farms) which can be seen on the shore. Then, hop into the bus for a relaxing journey back to Medellín.

  • Return transportation from the meeting point in Medellin
  • Certified tour guide
  • English translator on request
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch
  • Guided tour of Guatapé
  • Boat cruise on Guatapé Reservoir
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Biodegradable sunscreen
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Face mask or protective covering
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 397 reviews

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    Excellent trip. Excellent value for the price! We were lucky enough to have Sandy as our guide, who was amazing, did so much to make it informative and enjoyable for everyone. The tour was excellently organised and gives plenty of time for self exploration as well as giving helpful info about what we were seeing. I would highly reccomend & encourage everyone to take this tour. Organiser, Eleanor, driver, Alberto & guide, Sandy were all Excellent.

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    August 10, 2022

    Well balanced tour. Just long enough for everything and not rushed either. Guides tend to get long winded but I felt our English guide, Alejandra, kept the pace proper and us tourists not standing too long, while still sharing enough. Imo this is a must tour and I’m a travelling guru who has grown to generally dislike tours. PS: The meal is among the best I have had on a tour. But frankly, do it. Advice: Nothing wrong with the bus. Standard good coach. But it is sardine seating. 6 foot plus and you should go early and get one of the few strategic seats that offers more knee space. The only upgrade I’d suggest is investing in a more luxurious coach that sacrifices a couple rows for more knee space for everyone.

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    August 9, 2022

    Our experience was more than great thanks to our amazing tour guide , Mary , she was enthusiastic and willingness to help. I truly recommend to book a tour to Guatapé with her, all the activities were just as planned according to the itinerary and gave us a very comfortable time to enjoy.

    August 1, 2022

    Product ID: 151262