Monday, November 7, 2016

El Peñol and Guatape: The rock and the lake

Guatape church


The town of Guatape is a small village just outside of Medellin and is a popular weekend destination for locals due to its proximity to a large lake.

The town maintains its traditional architecture, with narrow cobblestone streets and colourful buildings.

The streets of Guatape

Traditional buildings in Guatape

Just outside of the town is a giant volcanic rock - El Peñol. There are 275 steep steps to the top

El Peñol

from which you get great views of the lake and surrounding valleys.

The lake from El Peñol

Another view from the top

Looking over the lake

Both Guatape and El Peñol ate easily reached from Terminal Norte in Medellin and is an easy day trip to enjoy the lake and the rock.

The lake and valley from El Peñol