Guatapé Multi Activity Day Trip
Escape Medellin for the day and enjoy the waters of Guatapé and the great rock of El Penol. This day tour starts with a pick up at 7am from Medellin. At our pre-determined locations. We will head off on our journey taking in beautiful landscapes until we reach our first destination.
This Multi activity day trip will take us to explore the famous rock of El Penol. Once here we will give a bit of history about the place and one of its most famous guests! Afterwards you will be given the chance to climb the 649 steps or the 740 steps to the top of the extended tower. Once at the top you can take in a magnificent view of the dam and its shores. After we will visit the replica village where again you will be given a bit of history. Here you can see what it once looked like and where the original is now sub-merged. Now a cross is visible from the waters of the original site.
We will then move down to the waters edge. Put in our canoes and head off to go explore a few locations. Including a walk around the old finca El Manuela of the infamous Pablo Escobar! From here we will paddle off into the town of Guatapé. Where we will finish our paddle and stretch our legs before going to grab a spot of lunch.
This package includes all entrance fees to the park and transport from Medellin.
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- Activity LevelLeisurely
- Group SizeSmall Group
We will first arrive at the base of El Penol and here we will go climb up El Penol and the 649 steps or continue up the tower for the 740 steps. Here you will have a fantastic 360 degree view of the surrounding area and see how grand the dam actually is.
Afterwards we will visit the replica village of the now sunken village of Penol that was flooded in 1978. From here we can look across the reservoir and see a cross which marks the original location.
From here we will head down to the waters edge where we will put the canoes onto the water and paddle off in the direction of the cross rising above the water. This marks the area of the original village that was sunken in the 70’s. Then we shall move off to the famous finca of La Manuela named after Escobar’s daughter. We will go take a walk around this piece of history. Like or hate this is a piece of history that defined Colombia.
Once we have finished our walk around the finca we will get back on our canoes and paddle to Guatapé where we will disembark. Founded on 4th October 1811, by the Spaniard Don Francisco Giraldo y Jimenez. It was declared a municipality in September 1867. Since then it has undergone transformations to make it the Municipal it is today. Each building has tiles along the facade’s lower walls in bright colors and varied images. Many of the tiles are tied to the products sold by the shops, or the beliefs of the residents. Others are cultural images of the farming heritage of the community.
Equipment and Clothing:
All necessary equipment – buoyancy jacket and safety equipment is provided.
Canoes and paddles are provided.
Comfortable footwear (may get wet also)
Sun block, Hat, glasses etc.
CASH to buy any souvenirs, drinks, snacks etc.
A typical lunch meal and a non-alcoholic drink is included. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Alcoholic drinks are not included and will be billed to you separately.
You should have a general good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be comfortable travelling in close proximity with others. Minimum age 10.
Bring all medicines required for personal use to cover the length of your trip.
No previous experience is required. Hiking at height can be physically demanding. You must be able to swim a minimum distance of 10 meters.
Insurance – We suggest you check with your insurance provider that you are covered for these activities you wish to participate in.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.