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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos) Tours

Hidden among the mountains about 50 miles (80 km) from Medellin is the beautiful town of Guatapé. Founded in 1811, this town is now situated on the reservoir of a hydro-electric dam that was built in the late 1960s, when more than 7.5 square miles (2,000 hectares) were flooded to create the dam. 

The incredible beauty of the reservoir and the views of the lush vegetation on the lake are unforgettable. Ferries on the lake take visitors to recreational areas on nearby islands and to see Pablo Escobar’s former mansion. The boardwalk by the water fills with vendors selling regional food and crafts. 

The town is famous for zócalos, decorative tiles along the lower part of the facades of the buildings in the historic center. These tiles in bright colors and patterns are connected to life in the community, telling the history of the town and the beliefs of the people. Walk along the cobblestoned streets of the Calle Los Recuerdos, near the main square, and admire this glimpse into the life and history of the town.

Jutting out of the water on the lake is the more than 600-foot-tall (183-meter-tall) Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol). A staircase built on one side crisscrosses over the rock, taking visitors the more than 600 steps to the top, where there are amazing views as well as eateries and gift shops.  The lake is an excellent place for water sports like kayaking, and the adventurous can try the zipline over the lake. There are also biking and hiking activities.

Practical Info

This beautiful town and lake is about 1.5-hour drive from Medellin, making it easy to visit on a day trip. The charge to climb the rock is about $5.

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El Peñol and Guatape Private Tour from Medellin, Medellín, null
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El Peñol and Guatape Private Tour from Medellin

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Experience breathtaking views of El Peñol and visit Guatape. This tour takes you to the colorful town of Guatape, where get to climb the huge rock of El ...  Read more

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

From USD $110.00
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín, Medellín, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

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Climb the 742 steps to the top of the Piedra del Penol and visit the historical and charming pueblo of Guatape with the oldest and most trusted tour company in ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 10 to 12 hrs

From USD $30.00
Private Tour: El Peñol and Guatape Dam from Medellin, Medellín, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: El Peñol and Guatape Dam from Medellin

This private tour takes you to Piedra del Peñol, which is a very special mountain located in the Antioquia region in the Guatapé municipality and ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Santa Elena and Guatape Antioquia Touristic Highlights, Medellín, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Santa Elena and Guatape Antioquia Touristic Highlights

This day trip combines a visit of the flower village Santa Elena and a tour to the famous Peñol Boulder in Guatape. See the origin of the well-known ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour, Medellín, Day Trips
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Full Day Pablo Escobar Tour

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Get facts straight from the natives who witnessed the terrible times during the late 80´s. On this full day tour, go back in time to the places that had the ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.00

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