Private Guatape And El Peñol Day-Trip From Medellin

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up service from Medellín Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a private tour outside of Medellin to the famous Guatap dam and El Peol boulder. Enjoy a traditional lunch with the view of the water, the colorful town of Guatap, hike El Peol or you may swap the hike for a boat ride.

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Spend a day away from Medelln and take a trip by comfortable coach to the beautiful town of Guatap. Also known as Pueblo de Zcalos, Guatap is famous for the beautiful pastel-colored paintings found on the lower half of nearly every building in the town's historic center. Explore the picturesque town by foot as you stroll through its cobblestone streets and shop for handicrafts at the local markets.

With your guide, head over to the famous El Peon rock, an enormous monolithic formation and the town's most-visited site. Using the 650-step staircase, climb to the top of this gigantic boulder, whose peak stands majestically at 7,000 feet (2,100 meters) above sea level. You hard work will pay off once you reach the top, where youll take in unbeatable views of the landscape below.
Relax at the summit and enjoy 360-degree views of the town, the lakes and the mountains. Then, take a break and enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant.

Take in spectacular views before hopping back on the coach and driving back to your Medelln hotel.


Expert guide in Spanish or English

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Typical Colombian lunch

Entry tickets

Entry/Admission - Piedra Del Penol


Optional tips and gratuities

Unspecified food or beverage

Personal expenses

Boat ride along the dam

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats available

We recommend wearing comfortable clothes ans shoes as well as sunscreen and a cap or hat.

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Jul-2022

    I used Impulse Travel for all the activities I did during my 4 day trip to Medellin. Felipe coordinated the entire itinerary and made a few changes to accommodate the conditions in Medellin. Day 1: Coffee Tour. It was just amazing. I am a coffee lover and really enjoyed every aspect of the tour. We ended the tour at a roastery and coffee shop - Urbania. At Ubania had one of the best coffee I have tried during the trip. Day 1 a: City tour with Diana. We started with a lunch at "In Situ" at the botanical gardens. Diana knew I was vegetarian and took good care of my dietary requirements. Diana knew Medellin very well and spoke very good English. We went from lunch to Plaza Botero and walked around the city. We tried some local delicacies and fruits. Day 2: Pablo Who Tour and Comuna 13 trip. Ruben was the guide for day. We started the day at Mira Flores and took the Cable Car up the hill. Ruben talked about how the city had transformed itself over the years. We then went to the Memorial Museum (Museo Casa de la Memoria) and the museum guide and Ruben walked me through each of the exhibits. Lunch was at Govinda's and we had some amazing vegetarian food. After lunch we drove to Comuna 13. Comuna 13 was one of the most dangerous place in the world in the 1980's to early 2000. The transformation is very visible and we had someone who had lived there tell us the story. Day 3: Guatape and El Penol. Diana was the guide for the day. Diana did an amazing job both sharing the history, culture and food. We started really early as it was a weekend and expected to get really crowded. We stooped on the way to have some delicious Colombian breakfast - Pan de Queso, Arepa de chocolo and Torta de chocolo. We reached El Penol at about 9:00 AM and it was already getting crowded. We climbed up the 740 steps. The views from the top were STUNNING. They had some green mangoes with lemon at the top. Just what was needed after a long climb. We walked down and drove to the lake took a quick 1 hour boat ride. The views were amazing. Diana shared the legend of the blue dragon during the boat ride. The legend of the blue dragon. A priest over 100 years ago claimed that the city of Guatape would be swallowed by blue dragon. In 1960 the Colombian government decided to build a dam. They flooded this city and moved the residents. After the flooding when people looked at the satellite picture were shocked by what they saw. The boat ride ended with a walk around Guatape and the must take picture of the street with umbrellas. We wrapped up around 12 and drove to Bosko hotel for a lunch. The drive back to Medellin took about 2 hours. All in all the trip planned by Felipe and supported by Diana and Ruben were just amazing. I thank Diana for all the stories and sharing amazing locations, food and culture with me.

  • 07-Jun-2021

    Toda la excursión la recomiendo la piedra es preciosa ,visiten Guatape lo recomiendo 100 zócalos el pueblo es precioso ,anímense y lo ven les encantará .......

  • 22-Feb-2021

    Such a great day! We had an amazing guide who taught us lots about the area, took us for coffee and an amazing lunch. We learnt and saw much more of the area than I was expecting. The view from the top will not disappoint and wasn't as difficult as I thought to reach the top! Enjoy a michelada before you head down. Would highly recommend. Even just the drive to and from Guatape is stunning.

  • 09-Feb-2020

    Superleuke dagtrip naar guatape gedaan met verschillende tussenstops. Enthousiaste gids Jezus weet alles goed aan elkaar te praten en zit boordevol goeie tips.

  • 04-Feb-2020

    2 hrs from Medellin but worth the drive the mountain gives the most panoramic view of the reservoir and surrounding area. 705 steps to the top are not for the feinthearted Guatapé is totally delightful- a picture postcard town with enchanting pictures of every shop. Take a tuk tuk round to get the best of your visit

  • 07-May-2019

    a colorfull attraction and nice details of the so called ‘socalo’ of the houses. you can shop for memorabilia inluding the ‘el peñol’ stone in miniature.

  • 27-Jul-2018

    Quatape is a small town, about two hours drive from Medellín. Getting out of the city is a hassle. El Peñol region is known for its agriculture. The beautiful green landscape of El Penol is remarkable. There are two destinations: El Peñol boulder and Guatapé town. El Peñol boulder is a spectacular monolith of 220 m high rock with a built-in 740 steps to reach the top. I went up in less than 15 minutes. The view from its summit is wonderful. You can see Guatapé reservoir, an artificial water reservoir built for energy production in the country. Guatapé town, on the shores of the reservoir, is one of the most picturesque places in Colombia.

  • 09-Apr-2018

    This town and the large monolith nearby are both breathtaking. There is a safe, relaxed atmosphere that makes visiting this town and region a lot of fun.

  • 22-Feb-2018

    This tour was great and the tour guide as well! Highly recommend it!!

  • 22-Feb-2018

    This tour was great and the tour guide as well! Highly recommend it!!

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