5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location:Medellín, Colombia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Day Trip to Guatapé from Medellín

Escape the metropolitan magnificence of Medellin on an exhilarating full-day excursion to the gorgeous greenery of Guatapé. Marvel at the colossal El Penon rock that towers of the town then ascend the 700 steps to admire some of the most spectacular views in South America. Return to land from the vertiginous vantage point of 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) and cruise the luscious Guatapé Lake, Colombia’s largest body of water, to absorb more visionary vistas. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included on this tour.


  • Visit Guatapé on a day trip from Medellín
  • Explore the famous El Peñon rock while admiring breathtaking views of the Colombian landscape
  • Learn about the history of this quaint town from your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a sightseeing boat trip on Guatapé Lake, one of Colombia's largest lakes
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Guatapé from Medellín

Day Trip to Guatape from Medellin

After hotel pickup in Medellin, sink into the soft seats of your air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey to the traditional town of Guatapé. Arrive at the picturesque pueblo and stroll the quaint cobbled street alongside your knowledgeable guide, browsing local stalls for artisan treasures as you wander. Admire colorful colonial buildings then prepare for the exhilarating ascension of the remarkable El Penon rock. 

 Appreciate the monolithic magnificence of the rock before begin your strenuous journey up more than 700 steps; reach the summit, which stands at 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level and reward your hard work with the exquisite views. Gaze at the vibrant and verdant islands that decorate the deep blue lake, capturing the unearthly landscape on camera. 

Return to land and refuel with a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense) before taking to the shimmering surface of the Guatapé Lake for an idyllic boat ride; cruise Colombia’s largest lake and observe the landscape for fascinating flora and fauna. After the sail, return to your minivan and enjoy a relaxing journey back to Medellin.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This tour was absolutely fantastic! I am a 20 something who usually travels solo and usually hates doing tours. This day trip was an amazing exception! My guide, Camilo, was interesting, listened well and was very helpful. I would absolutely recommend this tour to others and plan on booking with the same company next time I come to Colombia. 5 Star experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic trip with an outstanding, English speaking guide who taught us a great deal. This set a high standard for the rest of your trips. Just one thing, when we returned to the hotel and read the itinerary, we should have had a boat trip included....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent trip. Our driver/guide picked us up at our hotel at 9am, stopping along the way for a regional take on arepas (included). Then to the replica of the old El Penon town (before it was flooded) and a view of the lake. Next, up to La Piedra del Peñol and the rough, but rewarding, climb up. This was followed by our tour of the beautiful village of Guatape and an hour's boat ride before the drive back. Guide was excellent as well--personable and informative. Certainly a highlight of our Colombia trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This was a great trip. Views at Guatapé were superb, and we loved the climb. Had a great lunch in a picture perfect colonial town on the lakes. Camilo was a wonderful host for our family trip. We would highly recommend him to other travelers! He knew his history, he was very proud of his country and its accomplishments, and he had a great sense of humor -- all this kept our family, including our early 20s young adult children entertained!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Jose was a great tour guide! Beautiful town - recommended!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Nicely run tour from Medellin. Tour guides were on time, courteous, and allowed met set the pace for the activities. Sights were nice and the tour guide had a good knowledge of the area and could accommodate english for me.

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