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From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

1. From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín and learn about this colorful city from your guide. Board a sightseeing cruise to the breathtaking Piedra del Peñol followed by lunch. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Medellín and travel to the vibrant city of Guatapé. With your guide, explore the colorful streets with their artistic tiled facades and fascinating history. Then, board a boat and sail through the reservoir. Enjoy panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol, and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Learn about the sights from your guide. Disembark and visit the imposing Piedra del Peñol. Explore your lush surroundings with plenty of great photo opportunities, particularly if you choose to climb this impressive monument. After, regain your strength with a delicious lunch. Make one more stop at the Plaza de Zocalos and admire the colorful murals and the history behind them. After the tour, be returned to where you were picked up.

Semiprivate all inclusive Guatapé tour & exclusive boat ride

2. Semiprivate all inclusive Guatapé tour & exclusive boat ride

WELCOME to the most lovely and colorful tour in all of Colombia: the GUATAPÉ TOUR! At 8:30 am we will begin this exciting adventure towards the famous town of zocalos. To start the day with the best energy, we will have a TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST at 9:45 am. After that, we will pass through the TOWN OF EL PEÑOL until we reach its FAMOUS REPLICA at 11 am. A scale replica of the old town square where we can enjoy a majestic view over the resevoir and admire the colonial style of its architecture. WAIT, THE BEST IS YET TO COME: the PENOL ROCK! Can you imagine climbing the 740 steps that lead to the summit of this huge batholith and being rewarded with a spectacular 360º view of the surrounding landscape? Sounds great, right? Let yourself be amazed by the magnitude of nature that surrounds you as you ascend this large granite rock. You will have around 1h20 minutes to make it to the top! Are you ready? After enjoying a DELICIOUS TYPICAL LUNCH, at 2:30 pm we will continue our tour with a relaxing EXCLUSIVE BOAT RIDE along the resevoir, where you can witness the islands emerging from the water and behold the stunning landscapes and properties of the area. Finally, we will visit the town of Guatapé where your guide will show you, the MALECON, the ICONIC UMBRELLA' STREET, the ZÓCALOS SQUARE, the MEMORY AND TRADE STREET AND ITS MAIN PARK AND CHURCH so then you will have 1h10 minutes to explore it on your own. Join us and discover the magic of Guatapé on a tour you will never forget!

Guatapé: Tour with Boat Ride, Private Island, and El Peñón

3. Guatapé: Tour with Boat Ride, Private Island, and El Peñón

Discover one of the most charming and colorful areas of Colombia on an adventurous tour in Guatapé. See the iconic Rock of Guatapé and explore Zócalo Square and Memory Street on foot with a local guide. Cruise by speedboat to a private island to swim, sunbathe, play volleyball, and more. Take off from the meeting point and follow a route that winds through the mountains. Song requests are encouraged as you make your way to the magical Casa Colombia in Marinilla where a buffet breakfast will be served. Continue to the famous Réplica del Peñol, a time capsule image of the old town square. Hear about the history of this place before enjoying free time to take in the views of the colonial architecture and the beautiful dam below. Get plenty of time to explore the many shops in the area. Next, hop on a speedboat and cruise along the hydrodam toward a private island. On the island, you can swim, play volleyball, kayak, or enjoy other recreational activities. After the return boat ride, refuel with a typical Colombian lunch in the town of Guatapé. With full stomachs, stroll around the most colorful town in all of Colombia. Explore the iconic umbrella street, Zocalos Square, Memory Street, and Memory Street's main park. End the day with a stop at El Peñón de Guatapé (the Rock of Guatapé). Choose to hike up to the top of the rock, or simply enjoy the exterior view. Afterward, ride back to the meeting point to end your trip.

Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour w/ Breakfast, Lunch & Cruise

4. Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour w/ Breakfast, Lunch & Cruise

After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir to the picturesque town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

From Medellín to Guatapé with Lunch & Boat Trip

5. From Medellín to Guatapé with Lunch & Boat Trip

The Guatapé tour is one of our most incredible experiences! Includes private round trip transportation from your hotel to Guatapé, we will pick you up at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Medellín at approximately 5:00 p.m. You will start the journey from Medellín, climbing the mountains to the East of Antioquia department, an agricultural and energy producer region. First, you will cross one of the most extensive tunnels of America (9 KM), then pass next to villages like Guarne, Marinilla, and El Peñol. In the last one, you will visit the "Réplica," a cozy and colorful square built to remember the original town that flooded to construct the dam. Here you will be able to see also the central market and, depending on the day, the museum that exposes art from the region and its history. Then we will continue to Guatapé, where you will enjoy a traditional dish for lunch and walk around the colorful streets to learn about its history. After a short stop in a premium café place, you will take a private boat to enjoy some of the islands from the water while you listen to the music you like. The next stop will be the Rock, which you can climb or see from the helicopter (optional and extra cost). After this beautiful journey, you will be back in Medellín. Optional, we offer you a dinner stop in a famous Colombian fusion restaurant in Marinilla (you assume the cost at the restaurant).

Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

6. Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

Meet at Park Poblado early in the morning and take a bus tour of the valley to the picturesque colonial town of Guatape. Stop at the famous Peñol Rock along the way and climb up 740 steps for the most incredible views. Visit the town of Guatape, where your tour guide will explain the history behind this vibrantly colorful town. Have a traditional lunch in the historic town before embarking on your own personal speedboat for a brief tour of the lake. Set up camp at your fabulous glamping location on the lake and your guide will explain what adventures await. Go hiking a top Paradise Mountain for breathtaking views of the sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner. Then after an amazing night falling asleep to the sounds of nature, wake up fresh and early the next for some of the best coffee in the world. Then, take the kayak out to the waterfall or an optional jet ski in the smooth water of the morning, or just relax at the glamping site. Take a speedboat ride back to Guatape at about noon. Enjoy some free time before your transfer back to El Poblado in Medellín.

Medellin: Guatape, El Peñol Coffee Farm Private Tour & Fruit

7. Medellin: Guatape, El Peñol Coffee Farm Private Tour & Fruit

one hour away from Medellin on our way to Guatape is our first stop. Marinilla is an agricultural town where you will enjoy the most exotic fruits of this region ,after this fruit tasting we continue to our traditional coffee farm in el Peñol where you will learn everything about the most famous drink in Colombia ,here with the company of a local farmer and an amazing landscape you will try 100% colombian organic coffee. after this delicius cup of coffee you will be ready to climb the rock of el Peñol , this is a 200 meters monolite with more than 700 steps and with one of the most beautiful panoramic view . after this activity you will be ready to explore the little colorful streets of Guatape always with the company and asistence of a professional bilingual tour guide .to finish you will enjoy lunch in the town and come back to Medellin .all the transportation is inclueded.

From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

8. From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

Discover Guatape on a private, customizable tour by car from Medellin. Visit a coffee farm, walk up the mighty Rock of Guatape, and walk through vibrantly colorful village streets during your tour. Your guide will explain the culture and the history of the region, so you end your day full of local facts. Meet your guide at your hotel in Medellin and sit back and relax on the roughly 2-hour-long car ride to Guatape. Once there, stretch your legs with a walk through town. See the Main Square with its intricate white and red Cathedral, the colorful Plazotela de Los Zócalos, the Street of Memories, and more. Then, go on a 40-minute coffee tour, where you get a better understanding of the whole process of Colombian coffee, all told by the same farmers in the region. Next, climb up the 700 stairs to the top of the unmissable, 220-meter-high Rock of Guatape that looms over the town. Enjoy panoramic views of the Peńol reservoir from its peak. Best of all, as this is a private tour without any time restrictions, you can stop whenever you want and tailor the tour to suit your needs and preferences.

From Medellin: Guatapé Day Trip with El Peñol Rock and Lunch

9. From Medellin: Guatapé Day Trip with El Peñol Rock and Lunch

For the beginning of the day, the pick up is at our main office inside Los Patios Hostel Boutique in Medellín. First stop is “replica town” where you will have a snack. Next stop, ¨El peñol de Guatapé” this is the second biggest rock in south America and you hike 700 stairs to reach the top and enjoy the most amazing view you can imagine. After, lunch in a farm. Then, a boat trip around the lake and to the swimming spot. Guatapé is the last stop, where you will listen to the story of this beautiful town which also is the most colorful town in this Country. Then, you take the way back to Medellin almost 2 hours away, to the meeting point

From Medellin: Guatape Lake Boat Tour and El Peñol Rock Hike

10. From Medellin: Guatape Lake Boat Tour and El Peñol Rock Hike

ake our advice and don’t miss this experience out. Come to Guatape with us and discover real authenticity through the warmth of people. On this full-day tour, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and along with the driver they will head north for 2 hours to the first stop: El Peñol. When near, you’ll recognize Guatapé as soon as you see the dam, and right away the imposing rock of El Peñol far in the distance. This is an enigmatic rock nobody knows where came from and there are all sorts of speculations about its origin. Although it looks challenging, you’ll get how rewarding it’ll be to climb its 700 stairs, after having one of the most breathtaking views Colombia may offer. Once all of you have made it downstairs, you will get back in the car to drive through El Peñol town and then make it to Guatapé. In here you will tour around the colorful streets along the dam, learning about the history behind this man crafted beauty. By this time, you will go to a local restaurant to have a marvelous traditional lunch. The dam was created after flooding the old Peñol town. Now it is responsible of generating energy for millions of people. You will visit it on a boat tour after lunch and will visit one of the only houses that remain after the flooding, at this place you will have a big chunk of history behind the town and superstition. Once back in town, you will head back to Medellín, this might be a 2 to 3-hour ride depending on traffic. Our day will finish once the driver takes you back to your hotel. If it’s a must-do is because it’s a must-do. So, join us and have a trip to remember!

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We had a great day in Guatapé with enough time to explore the different spots on our own. It‘s a great way to explore the region stress free as everything is taken care of (transportation, food etc.) and you just get to enjoy the trip.

The tour was amazing. Perfect organization, clear pre-tour information and the guide Matteo was simply SUPERB. One of the best tours while in Colombia.

Amazing ! We could see a Lot Ánd the guide Christian was amazing , he had a lot of knowledge and perfect English.

Amazing trip well planned out. Great food and service. The locations all worth seeing. Gina was wonderful.

Amazing day in Guatape, Marlon was a fantastic guid I recommend to anyone