Welcome to Guatapé

Guatapé makes a great day trip from Medellín, a two-hour bus ride away, but there is enough outdoor adventure here to keep you entertained a bit longer if you fancy a peaceful break from the city. Visit on the weekend if you want to experience the festival atmosphere when the town is packed with Colombian tourists, or come during the week to explore the surrounding nature at a more relaxed pace.

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$30 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

Depart from Medellin in the morning and make your first stop in a small town called Guarne, where you'll Antioquian hot chocolate or coffee and a traditional arepa with homemade farm cheese for breakfast.From there, you'll proceed to a small town called Marinilla, where you'll spend 30 minutes visiting the town square and local historical sites. After that, you'll have another brief stop in the small town of Peñol before arriving at one of the area's top attractions, Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol).There, you'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this popular landmark and enjoy sweeping vistas of Guatape Lake and the surrounding mountains. After lunch, your tour guide will lead you on an informative historical walk through the picturesque pueblo of Guatape, visiting Calle de los Recuerdos, Plaza de los Zocalos and the town square and historic cathedral. There is also programmed into the tour free time in Guatape for the visitor to explore the city on their own if desired. Arrive back in Medellin between 6:00pm and 7:00pm depending on highway conditions.

$98 Kid Friendly

Medellin to El Penol and Guatape Private Full-Day Guided Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Medellin Travels, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentStop by in our office to see the original graffiti art done by the main artist in Comuna 13!Ask your tour guide if you want to stop in ur office.Stop At: Avoeden CafeFree option to stop at the famous Avoeden Cafe, the best coffee in town! Enjoy a fresh cup of single origin Colombian coffee (own expense).Be sure to ask your tour guide if you want to go.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Rionegro PlazaDrive by Rionegro town enjoying the country side.Pass By: Parque de Marinilla, Marinilla, Antioquia DepartmentPass by Marinilla town on your way to the rock.Stop At: Piedra Del Penol, Guatape, Antioquia DepartmentClimb the rock of El Penol and get the most amazing views of Guatape and the lakes.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Laguna de Guatape, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentEnjoy a day outside the city visiting the Rock where you can see what many consider the best view of the world! Enjoy the view of the lakes from the Rock, on the road and in Guatape town.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: GUATAPEVisit the colonial colorful town of Guatape, discover autenthic zocalos and cobblestone roads.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Guatape, Antioquia DepartmentVisit this beautiful colonial church.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Plazoleta de Los ZócalosEnjoy authentic zocalos in Guatape.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Guatape - Parque principalColonial main park in GuatapeDuration: 10 minutesPass By: GUATAPEPass by El Penol authentic farmers town.

$90.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Guatapé from Medellín

Spend a day away from Medellín and take a trip by comfortable coach to the beautiful town of Guatapé. Also known as Pueblo de Zócalos, Guatapé is famous for the beautiful pastel-colored paintings found on the lower half of nearly every building in the town's historic center. Explore the picturesque town by foot as you stroll through its cobblestone streets and shop for handicrafts at the local markets.With your guide, head over to the famous El Peñon rock, an enormous monolithic formation and the town's most-visited site. Using the 650-step staircase, climb to the top of this gigantic boulder, whose peak stands majestically at 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level. You hard work will pay off once you reach the top, where you’ll take in unbeatable views of the landscape below. Relax at the summit and enjoy 360-degree views of the town, the lakes and the mountains. Then, take a break and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.Take in spectacular views before hopping back on the coach and driving back to your Medellín hotel.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Antioquia Mountain Towns Tour with Waterfalls from Medellín

Begin with pickup at your hotel in Medellín, then leave the city behind as you drive to a summit with views of the valley on the way to discover beautiful country side and a trio of historic towns.  In El Retiro, pause for coffee break, and continue to the giant waterfall surrounded by orchids and lush landscape, where you can stop, walk around and enjoy nature, then continue to Llanogrande and San Antonio de Pereira, where you’ll try a tipical Paisa dish and a selection of the best traditional desserts in our state. Throughout the tour, you’ll enjoy views of evergreen forests and mountain scenery, visit colonial churches and plazas, spot some of Colombia’s opulent villas along the way and stop at the town where slavery ended in the Americas . Exploring Antioquia with a private guide means the tour can be customized to your interests, with time to take in the area at your own pace.  Take advantage of your day with a local to learn about Paisa culture, cuisine, and history as you explore. On the way back to Medellín, you’ll follow a route that cuts through real jungle terrain: see the wild side of Colombia close up, and watch for wildlife at the edge of the road. This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel at roughly 2:00pm.  For guests that choose the Guatape and El Penol Rock upgrade option, we will head out to the Giant Rock known for having the best view of the world, have your camera ready to take amazing photos of the lakes, nature, and the enormous monolith. After climbing the rock we will drive to Guatape, a colonial town to see the magnificent church, the most colorful plaza in Colombia/Plaza de Los Zocalos, cobblestone streets, art and charming homes before returning to Medellin at aproximately 6pm

$99 Kid Friendly

Guatapé and Peñol Rock Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Medellin City Services, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentDrive nearStop At: Guatape Dam, Guatape, Antioquia DepartmentWalk aroundDuration: 30 minutesPass By: Laguna de Guatape, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentDrive nearPass By: Parque de Marinilla, Marinilla, Antioquia DepartmentDrive near

$145 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Full-Day Private Guatape Coffee Villa Tour from Medellin

Begin your tour at 9am as your guide picks you up at your hotel in Medellín. Sit back and relax on the 2-hour drive in a comfortable, private vehicle while your guide shares the stories of the area, history, and culture. Your first stop is at a secluded waterfall where you can take a quick dip. Breathe in the pure air in this rich landscape. Next, visit an organic coffee villa nestled on the top of the Andes mountains. Learn the full coffee process hands-on. Be pampered by an expert coffee guide, who will make you a coffee connoisseur by taking you on a historical voyage through the rich coffee fields. See all of the intricacies and nuances from top quality organic coffee producers. Lose yourself in the intense aura, scent, and heavenly taste of fresh, organic coffee.Enjoy incredible views from the terrace and go for a quick hike around the villa trails. Head out to climb the huge rock of El Penol. Savor paisa dishes as you break for lunch (own expense) in a restaurant near the lake in Guatape. After your meal, explore the town's architecture, churches, restaurants, shops, and colonial style homes. Your tour will end with drop off at your hotel at around 5pm.