Lonely Planet Writer

Is this the most colourful town in the world? Travel blogger captures the vibrancy of Guatapé in Colombia

A travel blogger has shared a series of colourful images that show the vibrant beauty of Guatapé in Colombia, prompting many people to ask; is this the world’s most colourful town?

The colourful town features painted doors, buildings and furniture throughout.
The colourful town features painted doors, buildings and furniture throughout. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
Brightly painted balconies and doors line the town.
Brightly painted balconies and doors line the town. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
Green, yellow and blue steps in Guatapé.
Green, yellow and blue steps in Guatapé. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton

The pictures were taken by Jessica Devnani, a photographer and travel blogger from Toronto, Canada and show doorways, balconies, steps and furniture throughout the city, painted in a diverse range of bright colours. Located on the shores of a sprawling artificial lake called Embalse Guatapé, the town has become famous for the fresco-like decoration seen on the traditional houses. The illustrations depict animals, people and shapes that cover many buildings. “The entire town is colourful and cheerfully painted. Apparently it started with families painting images along the sides of their homes and it has just evolved from there. This little town was an absolute pleasure to meander through and photograph,” Jessica told Lonely Planet News.

The town is built on the shores of Embalse Guatapé, an artificial lake in the area.
The town is built on the shores of Embalse Guatapé, an artificial lake in the area. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
The town offers beautiful views of the surrounding area.
The town offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
The unique decoration stemmed from locals painting the outside of their houses in bright colours.
The unique decoration stemmed from locals painting the outside of their houses in bright colours. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
A sculpture seen amongst colourful houses.
A sculpture seen amongst colourful houses. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton

Located approximately two-hours’ drive away from Medellín, Guatapé is popular with tourists and is known for offering a peaceful break from the city, while also featuring a stunning panoramic view of nature and the surrounding scenery from the top of its hill.

A view of the surrounding lake.
A view of the surrounding lake. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
The town is located two hours away from Medellín by bus.
The town is located two hours away from Medellín by bus. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton
Jessica said that the entire town was a pleasure to photograph and explore.
Jessica said that the entire town was a pleasure to photograph and explore. Image by Jessica Devnani/Pink Plankton

Jessica’s adventures have brought her to six continents, where she has explored and documented a range of different cities, cultures and landscapes. More of her work is available on her website, Pink Plankton.