Guatapé is a municipality in Colombia, located in the department of Antioquia, 1h30 hours from Medellín.
A world famous destination for being the town of the “Zocalos” and the home of the Piedra del Peñol.
While the Piedra del Peñol is undoubtedly one of the best viewpoints in Colombia and the world.
Guatapé is located at 1,925 meters above sea level, the climate is temperate with occasional rains and its average temperature is between 21ºC and 13ºC.
When you approach the Peñón de Guatapé, what will impress you at first glance is to see a huge rock in the middle of nowhere.
Things to do in Guatapé
Guatapé is a small town, which is traveled with pause and in not much time.
The Main and its church Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Guatapé : in the purest colonial style. The curious and colourful fountain in the centre of the square is a meeting place for the inhabitants of the village. And for the visitors, there are the restaurants, cafes and other places where to distract themselves.
Plazoleta de los Zócalos
This is one of the liveliest places in Guatapé, but not the only one. The music, the colorfulness of the whole square and its adjacent houses. If there is color in Guatapé, this square looks like a Pantone color palette.
Remembrance Street Fountain
It is named after all those houses that were left under the waters of the Guatapé reservoir.
Piedra del Peñol
The Piedra del Peñol (Peñol’s Rock) is a giant monolith, and one of the emblems of Colombia. Une visite de Guatapé sans faire le Peñon serait incomplète.
The view from the top is simply incredible, but you will have to go through the +600 steps !
For more information on how to get there, the history of the rock and more, we have a dedicated article that might interest you:
Day Trips to Guatapé and Piedra Del Peñol
Since Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol is one of the most common tours from Medellín, you won’t have any trouble finding one.
You can ask at your accommodation, or take a look at this tour to Guatapé.
The advantages are that you are picked up and returned to your accommodation wherever you are, without worrying about going to the South Terminal, renting a car or testing your skills by haggling with a reliable taxi driver.
There are several ways to get to from Medellín to Guatapé, including a stop at the Piedra del Peñol if you are going to make that visit.
How to Get to Guatapé ?
Get from Medellin to Guatapé by Bus
This is the cheapest and most common way and the one chosen by most travelers.
When you want to get to Guatapé from Medellín, you must go to the Terminal del Norte.
Subway to Caribe station (« Estación Caribe ») which connects to Terminal Norte (2.550 Cop)
Go to ticket offices 9, 10 or 14, where you can buy tickets. We go with the Sotrasanvicente company.
- Duration : 1h30min
- Price : $16.000 COP
- Bus Schedules : between 5:30-6am and 8pm.
Please note that all buses go through the Piedra del Peñol before Guatapé, so if you want to make this visit earlier, you can get off directly at this point.
It is important that you warn the driver, although normally they warn you when you arrive at this place.
Pro Tip 2
Coming from Medellín, don’t get off the bus in the town of Peñol – ask the driver to let you off at ‘La Piedra,’ which is another 10 minutes down the road.
Take the road that curves up past the gas station (1km) to reach the parking lot at the base of the rock.
Taxi drivers and horse owners will try to convince you that it’s a long, exhausting climb but while it’s steep, it’s not far.
At the base there are tourist shacks selling knickknacks and numerous restaurants serving lunch (from COP$8000 to COP$15,000).
At the top of the rock, shops sell fruit juice, ice cream and salpicón (fruit salad in watermelon juice).
Medellin to Guatapé : Renting a Car
Other alternatives to get to Guatapé from Medellín, is to rent a car and get there on your own.
Just be prepared for the traffic in Medellin.
Medellin to Guatapé by Taxi or Private Transfer
This is a good option if you travel with three other people.
A taxi from Medellin to Guatapé costs about 120.000 Cop and the trip takes about 1h30 hours.
Although it is more expensive than the bus, it allows you to go wherever you want without depending on the schedule.
If you decide to go by taxi, you will have to negotiate quite well.
Try to get it for less than 100 Usd, that is, 25 Usd per person if you are going with 4 people.
Medellin Airport to Guatapé
If you arrive at the Jose Maria Cordova Airport, you can take a bus or cab to the traffic circle where the buses to Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol pass.
Guatapé to Medellin
The last bus back to Medellín is at 6:30pm on weekdays and at 7:45pm on weekends and other peak periods.
If returning to Medellín from Guatapé on the weekend, be sure to buy your round-trip ticket immediately upon arrival as buses fill up fast.
The “Terminal de Bus” is on the waterfront
- Adresse : a 31-103, Cra. 30 #311, Guatapé
First of all, if you want to go to Guatapé, stopping first at the Peñon de Guatapé, also known as the Stone of the Rock, you have to know how to get there.