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Medellín: Small Group Guatapé Tour and Luxury Boat Ride

1. Medellín: Small Group Guatapé Tour and Luxury Boat Ride

At 8:30 am, our journey begins, filled with anticipation and excitement. To kick off the day with the best energy, we'll indulge in a traditional breakfast at 9:45 am. Then, we'll venture through the charming town of El Peñol, making our way to its famous replica by 11 am. This scale replica of the old town square offers a majestic view of the reservoir and showcases the colonial charm of its architecture. But wait, there's more excitement ahead: the Penol Rock! Picture yourself climbing the 740 steps that lead to the summit of this colossal batholith. Upon reaching the top, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360º view of the surrounding landscape. It's an experience like no other, allowing you to marvel at the sheer magnitude of nature as you ascend this towering granite rock. You'll have approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to conquer the climb. Are you up for the challenge? After a satisfying typical lunch, at 2:30 pm, our adventure continues with an exclusive boat ride along the reservoir. Prepare to witness islands emerging from the water and behold stunning landscapes and properties dotting the area. Our final stop is the picturesque town of Guatapé. Here, your guide will lead you through the highlights, including the malecon, the iconic umbrella street, the zócalos square, the memory and trade street, and its main park and church. Then, you'll have 1 hour and 10 minutes to explore this charming town at your own pace. Embark on this unforgettable tour and discover the magic of Guatapé. It's an experience you'll cherish forever!

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

2. 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.

Medellin: Guatape and El Penol Rock Day Trip with Boat Ride

3. Medellin: Guatape and El Penol Rock Day Trip with Boat Ride

Explore the town of Guatapé and the El Peñol Rock on a full-day tour from Medellín. Enjoy a boat ride on the Guatapé Reservoir, and take in the views from the top of the rock. Start your day with a hotel pickup in Medellín and head to the town of Guatapé. Stop to enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing to the town. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the town and visit the Plaza de los Zócalos. Admire the colorful facades of the houses and learn about the history of the town. Next, head to the El Peñol Rock and climb the 740 steps to the top. Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding area and the Guatapé Reservoir. After your visit to the rock, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, head to the Guatapé Reservoir and take a boat ride on the water. After your boat ride, visit the Replica of the old peñol and the Rock Temple. Finally, return to Medellín and get dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Zocalos Square

Our Guide Erickson was high energy and very helpful. Both guides spoke English well. The breakfast and lunch have vegetarian options and are very tasty. The boat ride is definitely the highlight — they show you Pablo’s mansion and a bunch of newly built resorts on the lake. You should expect to be back in Medellín about 7:30-8 PM. Make sure you bring cash to climb the rock.

Erikson was an extremely nice and energetic guide. He tells a lot of interesting stories about the history of the the places that you visit during the tour. The organisation is very easy to reach for any questions beforehand, during, or after the tour. The food at the restaurants you visit is also good and plenty to keep you going through the day and climb el peñon.

The tour was great! Very well organized with the stops and got to see a lot. Osi was a great tour guide as well. Only thing is you should remind people to bring a sweater :)

Great tour! You get back a little bit later so plan to be there the whole day but amazing experience I’d recommend to anyone who wants to visit el Peñól!

Very nice day trip. Easy to do with two children aged 5 and 8.