Piedra Del Penol
Piedra Del Penol
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
You have to buy a ticket and climb over 740 steps to reach the viewing tower on top of this monolithic rock, but the sweeping 360º views of Guatape Lake and the surrounding El Penol region are well worth the price of admission. There are also restaurants at both the base and the summit. If you're already in Guatape town, it's a short tuk-tuk ride or an easy half-hour walk from the square. For travelers coming from Medellin, La Piedra is a two-hour bus trip away; booking a day trip is often a cheap and convenient option. – Tripadvisor
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  • msa23_2000
    Chino Hills, California1,509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    We got there early, and it was not very crowded. You can climb the stairs at your leisure. They have a different set of stairs for going up and going down. At the top, make sure to go up to the very top for the best views. It has beautiful views of the lakes and rivers and forest around. Definitely worth a trip from Medellin.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2023
  • klaudia
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Go early to avoid the crowds, specially at the top. We started at 9:30am and it was already starting to get crowded Bring cash as they do not take card anywhere on the rock. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes. Definitely not an easy trek, but totally doable take lots of breaks and one step at a time. The juice is worth the squeeze
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • freeXspirit
    New York City, New York212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day trip from Medellin - and yes, go early!
    Great private tour for the day from Medellin. We left our hotel at 10am and were back by 6pm, so it’s a long and full day. Guatape town is amazing in itself. The climb up the Penol steps is actually easier than it seems! Total 720 steps (actually just a little less). Amazing vistas from the top. Benefit of doing it earlier - less crowded and the sun is not beating down on you as much. Definitely try the local coco nut / caramel treats freshly prepared at the stall as soon as you finish your descent. Overall a great day!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2023
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vitorbabrazil
Salvador, BA9,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Be it with an excursion or by regular bus (Terminal Norte and then bus straight to Guatupé), the visit when in Medellín is a must.
Make sure to have COP25,000 cash for the entrance fee and to be fit to climb the 700 steps at your pace - the view from the top is amazing.
Written March 27, 2024
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Dunja1959
Porto, Portugal50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Stunning view from top of the rock of Penhol..
A personal challenge in climbing but Absolutely worth it.
Absolutely recomended.
Written March 15, 2024
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A K
Wilmington, NC38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
One of my most favorite places that I have ever been. It is a must do if you are in Columbia and near Medellin. Easy to get to, and will literally take your breath away when you first see the rock.
Written March 13, 2024
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freeXspirit
New York City, NY212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great private tour for the day from Medellin. We left our hotel at 10am and were back by 6pm, so it’s a long and full day. Guatape town is amazing in itself. The climb up the Penol steps is actually easier than it seems! Total 720 steps (actually just a little less). Amazing vistas from the top. Benefit of doing it earlier - less crowded and the sun is not beating down on you as much. Definitely try the local coco nut / caramel treats freshly prepared at the stall as soon as you finish your descent. Overall a great day!
Written December 26, 2023
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klaudia
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Go early to avoid the crowds, specially at the top. We started at 9:30am and it was already starting to get crowded

Bring cash as they do not take card anywhere on the rock. Bring plenty of water and comfortable shoes.

Definitely not an easy trek, but totally doable take lots of breaks and one step at a time.

The juice is worth the squeeze
Written October 30, 2023
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Queen J
California2,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Go EARLY on a weekday. I took the 6:30am city bus from Guatapé and arrived at the entrance across the road at 7am. Then I walked for about 20 min up to the base of the rock.

The city bus costs about $3 and takes about 25 min from Guatapé. You can also take the same bus from Medellin (the opposite direction), but it will take 2+ hours and you will arrive at the same time as all the tour buses. I recommend staying a night in Guatapé so you can head to the rock early.

The bus drops you off at the side of the road in front of the access road that begins across the highway. There are restaurants and food/ drink stands here that begin to open around 8am or 9am.

From here, you need to go uphill about a half a mile to get to the base of the rock. You have 3 options:

1. You can walk uphill along the crumbling dirt and concrete road. This took me about 20 min.

2. You can cross the road and walk past the gas station to take the concrete stairs up. This takes about 15-20 min.

3. You can be a weenie and pay a moto taxi to drive you up the road to the entrance.

At the base of the rock, there are many bar/restaurants with balconies overlooking the staircases on the rock face , as well as the lakes below. I stopped at one of the restaurants for a drink and to take some pics after I climbed the rock.

The ticket for the rock climb is about 25mil COP, or $6. It only took 20 min to climb the 640 stairs to the concrete deck at the top, including many stops for pictures. There were only 4 other people up there. It was wonderful.

At the top, there are views among the entire terrace. There are also a few drink and snack stands and souvenir shops. A nice restroom building with plumbing is at one end of the viewing platform.

You can climb another 20 something steps up a small concrete spiral staircase from the store to a large concrete balcony overlooking the lakes and restaurants below.

The staircases back down are darker, steeper, and significantly narrower, tucked away in the space between the rock face and the outer staircases that lead up. I can see how the return trip could be uncomfortable for those so tightly packed between tourists that they cannot see the steps they are descending.

In addition to avoiding the crowds, arriving early allows visitors to complete most of the climb in the shade of the rock; whereas visitors after 11am or so will receive no mercy from the relentless heat of the sun bearing down on them.

Wear tennis shoes and bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and water.

When you return to the highway, you can flag down a city bus every 30 min or so and head to the town of El Peñol, stopping at the Replica of the original town of El Peñol before it was relocated. Then head back to Medellin, OR flag down a bus in the opposite direction and return to Guatapé. Another 2 hours past Guatapé will lead up through the mountains and clouds to San Rafael, which is surrounded by hikes with waterfalls and natural pools.

Enjoy Guatapé!
Written September 2, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
2,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
This is a must and an easy day trip from Medellin. Best to do it as a tour. Cheaper and you cover a lot. The rock is not difficult to climb, all steps but it can be tough on the legs. I am in my forties, reasonably healthy and I managed to walk up in twenty minutes which included rest breaks and stopping to take photographs. Just walk at your own pace. There were elderly people doing it as well. There are about 675 steps to get to the top and around another 25 steps to go further up, right to the top. Around 700 steps in total. We went early at 09:30 AM and it was already very busy. It didn't feel that hot. There is a handrail so you can hold onto this as you climb. There was also a nice breeze so it didn't feel too hot. Coming down was very quick. When you come down, the route isn't as nice and much of it is sheltered so take your photographs going up. There is a First Aid area if you do feel ill going up, so you can get medical attention if needed. Wear good shoes and carry as little as possible. The climb is worth it. The views at the top were stunning. You can buy drinks, snacks and souvenirs at the top. It can be windy so hold onto hats! At the bottom of the rock as you enter, there are loads more souvenir shops, places to get food and drinks, plus toilets.
Written August 27, 2023
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Rob S
Newark, DE2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great Place to visit. Highly recommended. Nice views, great restaurants and also many activities. You can also go to Guatape village for shopping, walking through colorful streets and great dining options.
Written August 18, 2023
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We got there early, and it was not very crowded. You can climb the stairs at your leisure. They have a different set of stairs for going up and going down. At the top, make sure to go up to the very top for the best views. It has beautiful views of the lakes and rivers and forest around. Definitely worth a trip from Medellin.
Written July 2, 2023
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DonRamos Te Aconseja
Cincinnati, OH24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Really nice place for all ages unfortunately not for the non athletic people.It is a good place to come with the family and friends. If you are visiting Medellin from other countries, this is a must. Be sure to come mentalized that you will make a big workout and will have shaky legs afterwards.
Written May 11, 2023
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