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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.

Medellin: Guatapé Tour, Lunch, Cruise, & Piedra del Peñol

2. Medellin: Guatapé Tour, Lunch, Cruise, & Piedra del Peñol

Discover Guatapé on a day trip from Medellin. Take in views from the top of Piedra del Penol, discover the Zócalos area on a guided tour, try traditional, locally made Colombian food, and enjoy a boat ride of the Penol-Guatapé hydroelectric reservoir. Enjoy the green landscapes and rolling hills and mountains as you journey from Medellin to Guatapé. Ascend 742 steps, as you make your way up to the top of the Piedra del Penol for sweeping views of the area. Explore the colorful Zócalos of Guatapé on a guided tour of the resort town. Enjoy a typical Colombian dish made by natives of the small pueblo. Tour a large section of the Penol-Guatapé hydroelectric reservoir on a boat cruise and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Medellín: All-inclusive Guatapé Tour and Exclusive Boat Ride

3. Medellín: All-inclusive Guatapé Tour and 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 Peñól

4. Guatapé: Tour with Boat Ride, Private Island, and El Peñól

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 with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

5. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

Sail across the reservoir of Guatapé to see sights like the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home on this day trip from Medellín. Hike the Rock of Guatapé for stunning panoramic views. Explore the city of Guatapé and savor delicious local lunch.  Be picked up in Medellin and board an airconditioned van for the drive to the Guatapé region. Board a comfortable boat for a cruise through the reservoir. Pass by Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and Pablo Escobar's old home. Go up the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé (Piedra del Peñol), a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith. Delight in magnificent views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam which was built in the lands of the old town of Peñol in the 1970s. Visit Guatapé, a growing and colorful city made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facades of the houses. Replenish your energy with a lunch of rice, beans, fries, salad, and a choice of pork, chicken or beef, with a refreshing drink. Return to Medellín by van after lunch and be dropped off at your hotel.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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

8. 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 Medellín: Paragliding Flight and Guatape Tour

9. From Medellín: Paragliding Flight and Guatape Tour

Combine spectacular views with nature and culture on this combo tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Cocorna where you can enjoy a 20-minute paragliding flight surrounded by huge mountains and waterfalls. After your flight, pay a visit to Guatape, one of the world's most colorful towns. Admire unique panoramic views of the town from atop the Stone of Guatape and stroll around the vibrantly painted houses and streets. After a full day's adventure, get dropped off back at your hotel in Medellín in the afternoon.

From Medellin: Private Guatape Car Tour with Coffee Tour

10. 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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 3,065 reviews

We had a wonderful day. Everything was great. Obviously when it's good we want to enjoy certain places for longer. But we really loved this day filled with color...and pain 😁we climbed the 708 steps of the rock. Be careful, 25,000 pesos extra per person to go up. The breakfast and meals were very quick but sufficient and for the price, impossible to complain. As for the guide. She did the job. 3 days only in Medellin, so we are really happy to have optimized our visits and this excursion was a must do

I highly recommend this tour for anyone! It was really well organized and they give you two really good Colombian meals. The boat ride was amazing and the views are really incredible. Would 100% do this again.

Everything was amazing from start to finish. Our guide Eriksen was very knowledgeable and extremely positive person. Definitely would recommend doing the day trip tour!

The trip exceeded expectations. The value for money was superb, the food was very good and the tour guide was so helpful, informative and overall a really nice person.

It was perfect from start to end. Thank you Marlon! One of the firsts on the places before all the other tourists come. Recommendation!