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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos) Tours and Activities

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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)
On the shores of the Guatapé Dam and surrounded by lush islands, the 19th-century town of Guatapé is one of Colombia’s most photographed sites. It’s not hard to see why—the town’s brightly painted buildings and serene natural setting make for some stunning shots. 

The Basics
Most travelers opt to visit Guatapé on a day trip from nearby Medellin, and most tours combine sightseeing in the town with a visit to the region’s star attraction—the Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol). The gigantic rock towers over the lake and affords incredible views from its summit, reached via 742 steps that zigzag up the cliff face. 

Additional highlights include a walking tour of the town center, where you can admire the colorful zócalos (reliefs) that adorn the buildings and shop for traditional souvenirs. Boat cruises are also a popular pastime, affording great views of the Peñol Rock, as well as the lakeside ruins of La Manuela Hacienda, Pablo Escobar’s former mansion, which was destroyed by a bomb in 1993. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is a wide choice of cafés, restaurants, and souvenir shops in Guatapé—and it’s best to bring cash as cards aren’t widely accepted.
  • There is an entrance fee to climb the Peñol Rock, accessible only by climbing the steps. 
  • It’s possible to swim and enjoy water sports at the lake, so bring your swimsuit and a towel.
  • A fun way to get around in Guatapé is a ride in one of the colourfully painted motorized tuk-tuks.  

How to Get There
Guatapé lies on the shores of the Guatapé Dam in the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia, around 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Medellin. Most travelers arrive from Medellin, about a 1.5-hour drive, and regular bus services also run between the two towns (about a 2-hour journey). 
 
When to Get There
Guatapé is popular with both locals and travelers, and it’s particularly busy on weekends—time your visit for a weekday to avoid the crowds. Warm temperatures year-round make it possible to swim and enjoy water sports at any time, but the driest months are from December to February. 

Outdoor Activities on Guatapé Dam
Created as the reservoir of a hydroelectric dam in the late 1960s, the Guatapé Dam also serves as a popular recreational area for locals. As well as taking a scenic boat cruise around the lake’s islands, visitors can cool off with a swim or take part in water sports such as kayaking and Jet Skiing. If you don’t want to get wet, you can get your adrenaline fix ziplining over the lake or admire the views as you hike or cycle the lakeside trails.
Address: Guatapé, Colombia
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Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

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Escape metropolitan Medellin in favor of Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos), home to the magnificent Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol) on a full-day tour from the City of Eternal Spring. As well as ascending the 742 steps leading to the summit of Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol), you’ll explore the colorful streets of Guatapé and the famous Guatapé Zocalos as well as an exclusive boat tour of Guatapé Lake. Typical Antioquian lunch is included in the tour.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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US$ 30.00
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Full Day Private Pablo Escobar Tour including Guatape

Full Day Private Pablo Escobar Tour including Guatape

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Pablo Escobar had a dramatic impact on Medellin during the late 1980s. On this small-group tour, get insight into the life and effects of Don Pablo from the locals who witnessed his reign firsthand. Visit landmarks from his life—his childhood neighborhood, private prison, final hideout, and cemetery, and get insider information from your guide. Plus, unlike other similar tours, this excursion includes a visit to one of Escobar’s former mansions on Guatapé Lake.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 124.00
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Full-day to Guatapé town & Piedra del Peñol near to Medellin

Full-day to Guatapé town & Piedra del Peñol near to Medellin

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The Peñol Boulder is one of the most spectacular destinations in the surrounding area of Medellín. The 200-meter- high monolith can be climbed with a staircase of 740 steps. Enjoy breathtaking views over the stunning surroundings full of green mountains and blue lakes. The village of Guatapé is famous for its church and its beautiful, colourful paintings that decorate the houses of the village. On this day trip we will take you on a scenic drive through the Eastern Highlands of Antioquia. You can climb the Peñol Boulder, enjoy a delicious typical Colombian lunch on the waterfront of the Guatapé reservoir, explore the lake on a boat ride and take time to stroll and relax.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$ 180.00
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Guatapé & Coffee farm, all in one day

Guatapé & Coffee farm, all in one day

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We'll visit a coffee plantation in Guatapé, where we learn from local farmers everything about the coffee process, from sowing the seed to drinking a cup of coffee, there you can collect the coffee and being for a while a coffee farmer. As we are in Guatapé, we have to go to the rock We continue heading to the boulder, get ready to climb more than 700 steps to reach the top, that adorns the landscape of eastern Antioquia and enjoy a breathtaking 360 degrees view from the dam and surrounding areas to capture unforgettable pictures. Then we go to the town, where we enjoy lunch before strolling around the most important landmarks of a town full of color, friendly people and corners with fascinating stories that we are going to share with you, how the tradition of "zócalos" (house facades painted) started and why is important for the inhabitants; if you are a chocolate lover, there's a shop waiting for you, also you will have time to buy handicraft from the local stores.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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US$ 132.31
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Tour Guatapé

Tour Guatapé

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Discover the tropical mountains surrounding Medellin on a full-day tour to Guatapé and Peñol Rock that includes a boat cruise on the Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir. The gorgeous scenery isn’t the only draw, and you’ll get a glimpse of traditional Colombian architecture on a tour of the gracious plaza, cobblestone streets, and colorful facades that make Guatapé a world away from the bustling streets of modern Medellin.
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  • 10 hours
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Guatape and Peñol Rock Full-Day Tour

Guatape and Peñol Rock Full-Day Tour

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Medellín for an 8-hour exploration of the charming villages and gorgeous scenery found in the surrounding Colombian region of Antioquia. Explore the sprawling mansions and rural environment of El Retiro on the outskirts of Medellín. Then visit El Peñol, a village that was displaced by the creation of the man-made lake Guatapé, before climbing the 700+ stairs of the massive El Peñol Rock. You’ll also enjoy a lakeside lunch in Guatapé (Zocalo Village) and pass through a series of quaint towns on your way back to the city. Your trip also covers admission tickets and activities, a driver-guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 79.00
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Private Full Day Guatapé Tour

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Private Full Day Guatapé Tour

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Experience the nature and history of Guatapé on this guided adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit El Peñol’s old town while learning about its history from an informative local guide and shopping for handicrafts. Marvel at the 675-step, 656-foot (200-meter) Piedra Del Penol and admire Plazoleta De Los Zocalos, a central square built in 2011 celebrating Guatapé’s bicentennial.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 81.73
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Guatape Rock & Coffee Farm Tour

Guatape Rock & Coffee Farm Tour

Starting your tour at 8am you begin your adventure with a beautiful scenic drive to an outstanding coffee farm in Antioquia, where you will receive a full tour and explanation of how the whole process of growing the perfect coffee bean occurs. Your next stop is Old Peñol Replica Town in Guatape. This town square was constructed to look exactly like the sunken village of Old Peñol at the bottom of the manmade Peñol-Guatapé reservoir. You then venture to Guatape Rock also known as Piedra del Peñol, where you can climb the 740 steps to reach the top and have an amazing 360° view of the surrounding area including the 500 km shore-perimeter dam. Before you head back to Medellín you will make one more stop in your tour; Guatape town (The City of Zocalos) where you’ll walk the streets of this beautiful town and learn what is the Zocalo tradition and why it started. You’ll also get to visit the Plaza (main square), Remembrance Street, boardwalk (Malecón) the church and more.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$ 212.00
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A Guatapé Tour

A Guatapé Tour

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With tourism without barriers Colombia you will live a unique experience, based on customer service, family atmosphere and great enjoyment in each mentioned place.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Guatape Group Tour

Guatape Group Tour

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We include everything in our service, you will not have to pay anything else apart and we offer the quality of the time of our tour.
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  • 8 hours
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El Peñol and Guatape Private Tour from Medellin

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El Peñol and Guatape Private Tour from Medellin

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Travel in comfort to El Peñol from Medellín on this private tour that includes transportation in a new air-conditioned vehicle. Get a personalized experience on a fully narrated tour that can be catered to your interests regarding the history and culture of the region.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Peñol and Guatapé Private Tour from Medellin

Full Day Peñol and Guatapé Private Tour from Medellin

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Peñol and its (200-meter) granite monolith sit on the shores of Embalse Guatapé two hours outside of Medellin. On this private tour, leave the driving to someone else, save time waiting in long lines at the Piedra del Peñol visitors center, and take a guide walk through Peñol Village. This leaves plenty of time for a stroll through colorful Guatapé and a boat trip on the scenic reservoir.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 127.00
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Guatape and El Peñol Day-Trip from Medellin with Traditional Colombian Lunch

Guatape and El Peñol Day-Trip from Medellin with Traditional Colombian Lunch

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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 absorb more visionary vistas. Round-trip hotel transport and lunch are included.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 219.00
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Full-Day Private Guatape Coffee Villa Tour from Medellin

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Full-Day Private Guatape Coffee Villa Tour from Medellin

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Get an up-close look at Colombia’s famous coffee industry and the colonial-era town of Guatape during this full-day private tour. Travel into the Andes Mountains to visit a coffee villa and plantation, getting an in-depth introduction to the coffee cultivation and production process. During the excursion, you’ll also stop by a scenic waterfall and enjoy a guided visit in Guatape.
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  • 9 hours
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US$ 135.20
US$ 169.00
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Combo Guatape and Medellin Sightseeing Tours

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Combo Guatape and Medellin Sightseeing Tours

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Discover the spectacular sights of Medellin and the geographical wonder of Guatapé on a full-day trip from Medellin. First, visit iconic Medellin landmarks such as Pueblito Paisa — a miniature replica of a rural Colombian village — and admire sculptures created by revered Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, in Plaza Botero. Then, head to Guatapé to climb the 700 steps that lead to the summit of El Peñol mountain. From the top, you’ll enjoy panoramic vistas of the region’s islands before travelling back via quaint Antioquian villages.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$ 130.66
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The Most Complete Guatape Rock Private Tour in Medellin

The Most Complete Guatape Rock Private Tour in Medellin

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Visit the colorful town of Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos) on a full-day, private tour that also explores tropical fruits, El Peñol, and Piedra del Peñol. Opting for a private guide ensures you’ll have the flexibility to enjoy the day at your own pace, without being rushed by a fixed group itinerary as you taste fresh produce, climb the Piedra del Peñol, and wander through Guatapé’s bright streets.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 113.00
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Guatapé tour & coffee experience

Guatapé tour & coffee experience

Colombia is one of the countries with the greatest diversity in Colombia: species and countries make this territory very comfortable and pleasant for travelers. Our customs are highlighted on the roads, the way we dress and how we interact. This is a journey through the landscapes and history of our country: Guatapé is one of the most visited towns in Colombia, and this is a space to take a journey without haste, and in a personalized wayIn this trip, you will be privately with a certified guide, so you should not worry about waiting for other people, all the time is for you and we will take you to the most iconic and unique sights of this region. You will be able to enjoy one of the most colorful villages in Colombia and get to know its culture, the history of the old town, and the hydroelectric dam. The tour includes transportation and tickets to the rock, as well as a cup of coffee and travel insurance
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$ 102.57
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Guatapé & El Peñol private Tour out of Medellín

Guatapé & El Peñol private Tour out of Medellín

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This tour is not just driving you from Medellín to Guatapé but providing you all our insight on the way to our destination. Besides, we take the most scenic route between Medellín and Guatapé so you can enjoy the most interesting scenery while many other tour operators take a shorter route where they do save some gas but miss out on showing the most amazing sites. Upon request, we can include a visit to the well preserved town of El Retiro which has beautiful colonial style architecture. Our reviews on Trip Advisor well reflect our commitment to quality and not ever taking our travelers for granted.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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US$ 108.43
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Guatapé y Piedra del Peñol: natural beauty

Guatapé y Piedra del Peñol: natural beauty

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Enjoy a day in contact with nature in the Guatapé dam, just two hours away from Medellin. You will have the opportunity to visit Piedra del Peñol, a monolith 220m high, and climb its 740 steps to enjoy a beautiful view of the dam. Walk the "town of the zócalos" and conclude the day with a typical lunch in the area.
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  • 9 hours
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US$ 155.00
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Guatapé tour

Guatapé tour

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Explore the scenic town of Guatape with a guide and small-group on this full-day excursion. Visit the local lookout points for photo-worthy vistas while listening to engaging narrative from your guide. After a traditional Colombian lunch, take a boat ride on the lade and end up in a local plaza populated by coffee shops an artisan stalls.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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US$ 156.47
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Tour guatape

Tour guatape

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We offer great tour in the most beautiful place outside Medellin call guatape, with great colorful houses a lot of history and great place to visit.
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  • 5 hours
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El Peñol and Guatape Small Group Tour from Medellin

El Peñol and Guatape Small Group Tour from Medellin

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Trade urban Medellin for charming small towns and natural beauty. Walk the colorful streets of Guatape and climb the El Peñol rock for panoramic views of the surrounding lakes and hills. Visit the Plaza de los Zócalos, Marinilla, Rionegro, Llano Grande, and enjoy a lunch by the water (additional expense). Your certified local guide is bilingual and a professional photographer.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$ 139.49
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Cruise and Climb el Peñol and Visit Guatape – VIP Full Day Tour from Medellin

Cruise and Climb el Peñol and Visit Guatape – VIP Full Day Tour from Medellin

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Private VIP tour at your pace in luxury 4WD, 5 pax max, includes a cruise on the Laguna in private launch, with breakfast and lunch. Departure at 7.00am, pass the town of Guarne, breakfast at Marinilla. Proceed through the town of El Peñol and journey to the Rock of El Peñol. Capture fantastic photographic memories at the base or optionally climb the 740 stairs to the top for breath-taking views. Continue to Colombia's most colourful town "Guatape" - famous for its zocalos (fresco paintings) on each property, which capture the different cultures of the town. Our guide will explain the culture and history, and then for lunch. Spend free time to walk around to purchase souvenirs and take photos. Off to the marina where we board a "planchon" - a flat-topped trimaran (or a high speed launch) with lounge style seating and music, cruising around the laguna for unique views and to see houses of the rich and famous. For those more adventurous, a swim in the warm waters of the lagoon.
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  • 10 hours
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US$ 101.54
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