Guatapé Lake on a Boat & El Peñol Rock Hike Tour


10 hours

Tour Type

Private Tour




Español, Inglés


Are you planning to go to the famous Guatapé but don’t really know how to arrange the activities? Don’t worry, we’ll give you the most complete experience. Let us guide you through Guatapé and El Peñol Rock in this whole-day tour that you won’t forget. Take our advice and don’t miss this experience. Come to Guatape with us and discover real authenticity through the warmth of people.

What will you do on this tour to Guatapé Lake and El Peñol Rock?

Private transportation, a local bilingual guide, and tickets to the most appealing experiences such as climbing the rock of El Peñol and having a boat tour through one of the biggest dams in Colombia. Do not hesitate and have Guatape’s best.


On this full-day tour, our guide will pick you up at your hotel and along with the driver they will head north for 2 hours to the first stop: El Peñol.

When near, you’ll recognize Guatapé as soon as you see the dam, and right away the imposing rock of El Peñol far in the distance. This is an enigmatic rock nobody knows where came from and there are all sorts of speculations about its origin. Although it looks challenging, you’ll get how rewarding it’ll be to climb its 700 stairs, after having one of the most breathtaking views Colombia may offer.

Once all of you have made it downstairs, you will get back in the car to drive through El Peñol town and then make it to Guatapé. In here you will tour around the colorful streets along the dam, learning about the history behind this man crafted beauty. By this time, you will go to a local restaurant to have a marvelous traditional lunch.

The dam was created after flooding the old Peñol town. Now it is responsible of generating energy for millions of people. You will visit it on a boat tour after lunch and will visit one of the only houses that remain after the flooding, at this place you will have a big chunk of history behind the town and superstition.

Once back in town, you will head back to Medellín, this might be a 2 to 3-hour ride depending on traffic. Our day will finish once the driver takes you back to your hotel. If it’s a must-do is because it’s a must-do. So, join us and have a trip to remember!


  • Leaving the city to visit the traditional and colorful Guatape town
  • The worth doing challenge of climbing over than 600 stairs to El Peñol rock to have its stunning views
  • 1-hour boat tour along the dam and learning its history and interesting facts
  • Getting in touch with locals and taste traditional flavors
  • The unforgettable experience of going to one of the most beautiful places in Colombia


  • Gran Colombia Tours private guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in private transportation
  • Entrance to El Peñol Rock
  • Entrance to Guatapé Lake
  • Boat trip
  • Lunch
  • All-risk insurance
  • Brekfast
  • Extra purchases

Know before you book

  • Take into account the activity requires climbing over 600 steps
  • Please mind telling the guide or noting on the booking if there is any health condition our team should know of

Frequently asked questions

The most advisable thing is that you wear fresh clothing and a light jacket in case the day gets chill: cotton t-shirts, sneakers, sunglasses, and a cap are the most used items of clothing for this activity.

The weather in this area tends to be warm but it may change during the day. Average temperature is between 23°C and 30°C.

Usually, it takes around 2 hours to get to Guatapé from Medellín. However, this always depends on traffic so it might take longer, specially during weekends. We recommend starting this tour early so you don’t spend much time in traffic.

Although there are a lot of things to see, Guatapé is a small town and you will see most of it in just one day. It is very common to do a daytrip and to cover all the experiences of the place: a boat trip in the lake, climbing El Peñol Rock and visiting Guatapé colorful town.

Guatapé is mainly famous for its vibrant traditional small town, where all the inhabitants have “zocalos”, which are hand painted murals on the facades of their houses, as well as a lot of handmade pieces along the streets that show traditions of the region. Besides, Guatapé also has one of the most important dams of Colombia.

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