Things to do in Medellin Guatape
Visiting this town and what is known as the Oriente Antioqueno region (Eastern Antioquia) is one of the most exiting things to do in Medellin.
For the construction of this impressive reservoir, the former town of El Penol was completely demolished in the 60’s and its inhabitants were relocated in the new Nuevo Penol.
Guatape Dam is widely visited by many tourist since it’s the perfect place for extreme and aquatic sports. Many of its islands feature hotels, camping areas, restaurants and parks.
Just minutes from the reservoir shore there is a huge stone called ‘Piedra del Penol’, adapted with stairs so the visitors can climb up to have an astonishing view of the entire dam and its surrounding areas. This gigantic rock is 220 meters height and to get to the top, visitors have to go up 650 steps. It was climbed for the first time in July, 1954 by three local countrymen without any prior climbing experience after many foreign professional climbers had unsuccessfully tried to go to the top. This first ascent to the top of the big rock lasted five strenuous days.
Guatape town is located just 90 minutes away from Medellin and it’s one of the most visited tourist places in Colombia because it permanently holds concerts, bike parades, music and folklore festivals.