Piedra del PeƱol de GuatapƩ in Antioquia Colombia

Piedra del PeƱol de GuatapƩ in Antioquia Colombia

Recently during my last vacation, I had the opportunity to visit Medellƭn, a wonderful city, capital of the department of Antioquia, second in importance and number of inhabitants in the country, full of beautiful people and places to visit (I will dedicate other entries in the future to show some interesting sites that I visited). Once I was in Medellƭn, I had decided not to stop visiting one of the most important natural attractions in the region. The stone of the peƱol of Guatape.

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These are the stairs to conquer

The tour can be done by car leaving Medellin or taking one of the tourist packages offered by some agencies (here some information on prices), the distance to the site is approximately 86 km, which can be covered in about 40 minutes enjoying the green landscapes of the BorĆ” Valley. Once you arrive you are surprised by a huge rock 220 meters high and 22 million cubic meters of rocky material that splits the horizon riddled with small lakes crossed by roads and mountains. This huge stone is presented to you face to face with the challenge of climbing it. For 10,000 pesos or the equivalent of $ 5.2 you can climb a 650-step concrete staircase that has adhered to the side of the stone and zigzags to the top. Every 15 steps the number has been painted so that you can keep track of what you are missing and know how bad your physical condition is. My recommendation is that you prepare and bring your bottle of water, as it is not an easy ascent for everyone, but once you conquer the last step you receive a view of the place that definitely pays for all your effort.

stone of the penol of guatape antioquia

beautiful view towards the reservoirs

A beautiful view

At the top of the stone I was waiting for a couple of shops that offer from soft drinks to quench the thirst for the climb, to full lunches to the hundreds of visitors who come to the place. Additionally, a small building has been built in the stone that allows you to rise even higher above the stone (completing the staircase up to a figure of 740 steps). Inside the building there are 2 huge craft shops that offer all kinds of souvenirs from the place and the region. It is worth buying something to decorate the house (I personally bought a mug for my collection).

stone of the penol of guatape antioquia

Stone top

stone of the penol of guatape antioquia

Victory! 740 steps later

stone of the penol of guatape antioquia

Panoramic from the top of the building

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View of the Hotel PeƱol Guatape