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Round-trip Tour from Medellin to Guatape: Rock of El Peñol

Once worshipped by local indigenous groups, the towering granite Rock of El Peñol is a jaw-dropping sight. On this day-trip from Medellin to Guatape, experience the stunning geographic landscape, stroll through the colorful town of Guatape, and get a chance to climb 700+ stairs to the summit for a 360-degree view!

USD $224.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1USD $224.00
2USD $118.00
3 or moreUSD $85.00

Explore Guatape and Climb the Towering Rock of El Peñol

Experience one of Colombia’s most stunning and unique pueblos and marvel at the granite Rock of El Peñol on this day trip from Medellin to Guatape.

Without seeing in person, the outstanding Rock of El Peñol is difficult to describe. Once worshipped by local indigenous groups, the towering granite rock rises like a king from the surrounding lush green countryside. This day-trip from Medellin to Guatape to experience the stunning geographic landscape is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.


  • See the jaw-dropping Rock of El Peñol and surrounding landscape
  • Climb the 720 foot (220 meter) rock for a 360-degree view of the area’s awesome geography
  • Explore the colorful waterfront town of Guatape


Begin your adventure from Medellin to Guatape with hotel pick-up between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Your English-speaking guide will drive you through scenic countryside to arrive in Guatape by mid-morning. Once you arrive in Guatape, you’ll get stunning views of the Rock of El Peñol, the surrounding lush farmland, and the vibrant aquamarine lake that curves around the region’s soft rolling hills.

If you’re feeling adventurous, the 720 foot (220 meter) climb to the top of El Peñol is worth the view. On the midway point, you’ll see a local pilgrimage point and shrine to the Virgin Mary. When you reach the summit, you’ll get a jaw-dropping look at the surrounding areas and can climb a three-story watchtower for an even better look.

If you’re not interested or able to make the steep ascent of El Peñol, you’ll get extra time to explore the waterfront town of Guatape, and enjoy the picturesque, colorful facades the houses along the lake. Climbers will enjoy a shorter stroll through the town.

You can choose from optional adventures at an additional cost, including a 10,000 foot (300 meter) canopy ride over the water or a boat ride around the lake where you’ll see past vacation houses of famous–and infamous–Colombian celebrities.

You’ll end your day with a return trip to your hotel in Medellin.

What’s Included

  • Private round-trip transportation from Medellin to Guatape
  • English speaking driver/guide.
  • Entrance fee to The Rock of El Peñol
  • Stroll through Guatape’s waterfront and Remembrance Street.

What’s Not Included

  • Optional Activities:
    • ~10,000 foot (300 meter) canopy/zip line adventure ($5.40 USD per person)
    • One hour boat ride on Guatapé Dam ($15.00 USD per person, minimum 3 passengers)

Important Notes

  • Approximate duration: 6-8 hours
  • Fitness level: Medium
  • Usual pick-up time: 8:00-8:30 am
  • Additional charges may apply for pick-ups outside the Poblado area
  • The total price for a group of 1 or 2 people is the same as the total price for a group of 3

What to Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses, sun-screen, jacket
  • Cash for souvenirs, gratuities, or other activities (all optional)


Guatapé Antioquia, Colombia

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Guatapé Antioquia, Colombia 6.234220, -75.161700

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