Piedra del Penol, Guatape

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Hulking over Laguna de Guatape like a mammoth, Piedra del Penol offers incredible views and a cultural experience rolled into one. The massive, free-standing rock formed millions of years ago makes such a dramatic impact on the scenery that it was worshipped as a god by the indigenous communities. Climb 200 m (656 ft) up the dizzying spiral staircase carved into the back of the rock to enjoy what some Colombians describe as "the best view in the world." Remember your visit with a souvenir, sold by the stalls on top of the rock. Put Piedra del Penol into our Guatape road trip website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The Indians who formerly occupied the area, revered the rock and many local legends still have courses. I leave it to each, once there, ask the guides and inhabitants to forge a clearer idea. But the sight of this huge rock even its base gives the Vertigo. It is not for this reason that we have not climbed the 649 steps. From the foot of the "stone" landscape is stunning enough to make the economies of the ticket and refrain from the 220 meters of climbing stairs. A Council: with the bus, we stop at the (foot of the stone), at the gas station, then quietly up to its base. Along the way we can make wonderful pictures of the meander of the restraint of the Lake del peňol. Down, can we start the station, the bus or the tuk - tuk that take you 2km further to Guatape.
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  • Take the bus to Guatape (COL 13,500 one way) and stop at Piedra Penol. A tuktuk costs COL 5,000 - 10,000 to get to site entrance. Then prepare for beautiful views as you climb 740 steps in about 30 mi...  more »
  • Scaling La Piedra is a tiring, strenuous hike up 675 steps to the top, but it's worth it for the view. It took us 25 minutes, stopping at nearly every landing to catch our breath, then one final push ...  more »

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Where to stay in Guatape

Guatape offers a good range of lodging options, with many of its best hotels located near the central park and along the waterfront boardwalk. Rooms are considerably more expensive on the weekends, with deep discounts offered throughout the working week. If you don't have to stay in Guatape itself, consider checking into a hotel in nearby Medellin, a larger city that provides a greater variety of affordable options.
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