La Piedra del Peñol - Guatapé
La Piedra del Peñol, also known as El Peñol Rock or simply La Piedra, is a massive granite rock located near the town of Guatapé, in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. The rock stands at an impressive height of 740 feet (226 meters) and offers stunning views of the surrounding area.
The summit of La Piedra del Peñol can be reached by a 700-step staircase that was built in the 1950s. Climbing the stairs to the top of the rock is a challenging but rewarding experience, as the views from the top are truly spectacular. From the summit, visitors can see the beautiful Guatapé Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. Visitors can also take boat rides around the rock to enjoy its beauty from a different perspective.
The history of tourism at La Piedra del Peñol
Climbing the Peñol Rock
Why is there graffiti on the rock?
Getting Something To Eat
At the bottom of the rock you have numerous restaurants selling typical Colombian food. There’s a couple restaurants that have amazing views of the lakes while you’re eating.
Location Hours & Fees
Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 6pm
Admission Fee: 20 mil per person
Parking Cars: 8 mil
Parking Buses: 10 mil
There is a fee to climb La Piedra del Peñol. The fee is used for the maintenance of the rock and the surrounding area, as well as for the construction of new facilities and improvements to the existing ones.
It’s worth noting that the fee is a one-time charge that allows visitors to climb the rock as many times as they want during the day of their visit.
Getting There & Parking
From Rio Negro Airport: If you want to go straight to La Piedra del Peñol from the airport. You would need to take the the bus to Rio Negro and then take the Taxi to Belen Bridge coming in to Medellin. and then take the bus from Belen Bridge to Guatape. It’s about 1 hour trip from Jose Maria Cordova International Airport.
Bus North Terminal: Go to North Terminal (Terminal Norte) You will find buses that go directly to Guatape the bus ticket is around $14 mil. The bus trip from Medellin to Guatape is roughly 2 hours.
Bus South Terminal:
IMost affordable option is to take a bus from Medellin to the town of Guatapé, where the rock is located. Buses depart from the Terminal del Sur in Medellin and take about 2 hours to reach Guatapé. Once in Guatapé, visitors can take a taxi or walk to the base of the rock.
Car: Renting a car and drive from Medellin to Peñol Guatapé. The drive takes around 2 hours and offers beautiful views of the countryside. Visitors can park their car near the base of the rock and start the climb, be sure to get there early because parking can fill up quickly. Renting a car provides you flexibility to explore while traveling to or from Guatape without the need of waiting for Taxi or Bus.
Private Driver: It’s about the same as renting a car, but you have someone that is knowledgeable of the area and route to Peñol Guatapé. You will have the same flexibility of exploring near by towns and stopping at different places and taking photos. The price varies based on the driver and vehicle size.
El Peñón de Guatapé