Paisa Tours: Guide to Medellin and Colombia


Paisa Country (Central Colombia):
Medellin City
Medellin Hotels
El Penol
Antioquia's Oriente
Santa Fe Antioquia
Rio Claro
Coffee Country
Los Nevados Park

El Peñol

Near the pleasant lakseside town of Guatape, El Peñol is somewhat reminiscent of Rio's Sugar Loaf, albeit in a different rural setting. El Peñol is a 200 metre high granite monolith rising from the banks of an artificial, but stunning, lake about 30km from Marinalla, which is a small town on the Autopista main road between Medellin and Bogota. Climbing the 650 steps isn't as hard as it sounds, and one is rewarded with spectacular views over Antioquia's countryside. A visit is an essential day tour from Medellin that combines well with the Circuito Oriente tour - El Peñol is about 90 minutes drive from Medellin.

Our travel tip for day trips would be to take picnic / BBQ ingredients for after your visit to the giant rock. There's a small park near the base of the rock - entry costs $1 ($2000 Colombian Pesos [2007]). Once in the park, pedallo hire on the lake is free, as is fishing, and the use of the park's openair BBQ facilities. It's an outright bargain for just $1. To get to this park, once you've departed down the cobbled road leading down from El Peñol, when you hit the tarmac road (the junction is where the horses are waiting to take you up to El Peñol's main car park), go right, over the bridge, and the park is immediately after the bridge on the left. To get your bearings from the top of El Peñol is quite simple. One can also hire boats and jet skis on the lake, but the high prices mean you might as well get a pedallo for $1.

El Penol view:
View from El Penol, Colombia
El Penol is just 90 minutes from Medellin, Colombia - this is a view from the top of the rock.

El Penol Video

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