Antioquia holds many colourful places to visit, with Guatape being one of the most popular. A couple of hours from Medellin, the town is next to a beautiful reservoir and the famous El Penol stone. With a week in Medellin, we decided to head over to visit Guatape for a day trip.
On the way, we visited Marinilla, a colonial style town filled with locals sporting cowboy hats, narrow streets best-suited to those travelling by horse and fascinating music shops selling instruments and records. We took a short stop to walk through Marinilla and visit the ‘Jesus Tree’, a tree with the face of Christ on the top. The locals were very proud of it, making sure to point it out to anyone who walked past!
Next, we visited the highlight of our trip, the third largest stone in the world, the El Penol stone. With 740 steps to the top, the twenty minute climb was *a little* sweaty but worth it for the incredible views. Some enterprising locals had even set up some bars at the top, so we had a well deserved beer before heading back down all of those steps. Named as a National Monument by the Colombian government, the El Penol stone is over 7000 feet above sea level and weighs approximately 66 million tonnes.
Finally, we headed to the nearby town of Guatape. Famous for its architecture, cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses decorated with a peculiar type of moulded art. These murals are very typical of the area and are said to represent family, daily life and local pastimes. We took a book trip on Guatape’s reservoir and strolled through the streets taking in all the colour and decorations. A long but great day!
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