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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  • October 5, 2017
    Visit the area of the el peñol stone is a wonderful thing, the town of Guatape is very nice, a visit Indescriptible
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  • October 5, 2017
    The only goal of climbing the 700 steps up to the upper terrace is the fabulous views which are the reservoir of Guatape. Stairs lead up to a building on the Summit (which from below looks quite ugly) and then through the building and its souvenir shops, access with the roof.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Only 740 Steps to the Top, You Can Make IT!!! Went on a superb tour and arrived at the Piedra del Penol for the climb and then lunch afterwards. Was a little scary going to the top, just take your tim...  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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