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From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

1. From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín and learn about this colorful city from your guide. Board a sightseeing cruise to the breathtaking Piedra del Peñol followed by lunch. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Medellín and travel to the vibrant city of Guatapé. With your guide, explore the colorful streets with their artistic tiled facades and fascinating history. Then, board a boat and sail through the reservoir. Enjoy panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol, and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Learn about the sights from your guide. Disembark and visit the imposing Piedra del Peñol. Explore your lush surroundings with plenty of great photo opportunities, particularly if you choose to climb this impressive monument. After, regain your strength with a delicious lunch. Make one more stop at the Plaza de Zocalos and admire the colorful murals and the history behind them. After the tour, be returned to where you were picked up.

From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

2. From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

Depart Medellin early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Piedra del Peñol. You’ll have 1.5 hours to climb the 742 steps to the top of the historic rock and return to the base.  If you do not want to climb to the top, there is plenty to do at the base, with many shops selling local artisanal goods and many cafés as well. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the Piedra del Peñol or along the boardwalk in Guatapé. Take a guided tour of Guatapé, and then board a boat for a cruise on the Guatapé Reservoir. You will then start the return journey back to Medellin.

Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

3. Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

Head out to San Sebastián de Palmitas, just 45 minutes from Medellín, to begin your unique coffee tour. After hotel pick-up, set off for a coffee-making farm and enjoy listening to a brief history about the origin of the coffee and how it was first brought to Colombia. Take the chance to dress in the typical costume of the paisa muleteer, including hat, poncho, paruma, and the tail of a rooster. Later, move on to a coffee plantation to carry out the coffee harvest, reducing the mixture to a pulp and finally, drying it. After these activities, sit down for a refreshing drink of musilago (coffee juice) and a tea made from the coffee pulp. Savor a typical dish from the region made of banana with honey and cheese. Hear your guide explain some techniques on how to prepare and drink coffee and have a short tasting of different coffees and servings. Later, try a typical dish of the paisa muleteer consisting of rice, yuca, ground beef, boiled egg, sausage, and banana. Try preparing your coffee to your own taste with the information you have just learned from your guide. Finally, receive a pack of coffee as a gift and have the chance to buy farm products at the shop. If the option is chosen, also experience a 2-hour horseback ride through the farm to some viewpoints. All instructions will be given to inexperienced riders.

From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

4. From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

Discover a theme park suitable for everyone's enjoyment, from children to adults on a full-day tour to Hacienda Napoles. Encounter a world of fun with family-friendly pools, lazy river, dinosaur replicas, bird world, an African museum, and more.  Explore different wildlife habitats and be amazed to encounter tigers, elephants, and other creatures of nature. There will be breakfast included and plenty of places to have lunch in the park.

Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

5. Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

Start with pickup from your hotel located in the El Poblado neighborhood or the meeting point in Parque Lleras. Drive 45 minutes to arrive at the launching pad where you will have a great view over the Medellín region. Rely on high-quality gear and instructions from professional and reputable staff. Receive an introductory lesson, and then fly out over the Aburra Valley over the beautiful scenery. See spots such as the Medellin River, the El Quitasol hill, the Garcia barrage, and the Picacho hill, with the spectacular backdrop of the mountains. After your flight, return to the city of Medellín.

Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

6. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

After being picked up in Medellin, drive for 1.5 hours to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé. Once there, take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Soak up panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Then, climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith surrounded by abundant water and vegetation. At the summit, delight in magnificent 360-degree views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam, built in the lands of the old municipality of Peñol in the 1970s. Next, visit Guatapé, a growing and colorful city made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facades of the houses. Replenish your energy with a lunch of rice, beans, fries, salad, and a choice of pork, chicken or beef, with a refreshing drink included. Return to Medellín after and be dropped off at your hotel.

Medellín: ATV Quad Tour

7. Medellín: ATV Quad Tour

Hop into a van in Lleras Park and drive from Medellín into the mountains. Once arrived, warm up first in a parking lot with your 550cc ATV quads take a short test over an obstacle course. Receive instruction and safety tips from an experienced guide throughout the activity.  Enjoy a ride in the majestic mountains of Antioquia, in a natural reserve surrounded by pure Colombian nature, various trees, flowers, and fauna. Stop at a couple of view points to take amazing photos. Return to Medellín after an exhilarating day exploring the countryside.

From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

8. From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Visit Marinilla where you will see the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and the town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

9. Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

To start with, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before you head to the east area of the region, enjoying the beautiful landscapes on the way. The total transfer time is 90 mins.  The first stop is the replica of el Peñol, a little town that was flooded in the late seventies to build the Dam in this region. Then you will have an amazing and informative coffee experience. Learn about the history of the coffee, collect coffee like a farmer, learn about all its processes, taste coffee, and learn how to differentiate between good and bad coffee.  After enjoying a delicious coffee, you will have the energy to climb up Peñol Rock. When you get to the top, you'll be able to enjoy the best panoramic views of the region. The last stop will be Guatape, which is a beautiful colourful town and a site that, due to its uniqueness, has become one of the must-see destinations for those who travel to Antioquia.

From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

10. From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

Following pick-up from your hotel in Medellín, drive towards the Andes mountains and get panoramic views of the valley from a mountain top. Taste classic dishes from the northwest Paisa region and make your way to El Retiro for lunch by the scenic waterfall. Continue to Llanogrande and San Antonio de Pereira to sample a selection of traditional desserts. Get amazing views of the evergreen forests and mountain landscapes, visit colonial churches and spot some of the opulent villas of Colombia along the way. Benefit from an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and get the chance to explore at your own pace. Use the time to learn more about the culture, cuisine and history of Colombia. Return to Medellín along a route that cuts through the jungle, where wildlife can be spotted at the edge of the road.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 431 reviews

very wonderful tour and would highly recommend it. our tour guide David was very knowledgeable as he grewup there, took time to answer all of our questions and showed us everything there is about coffee. Everyone at the finca super friendly and curtious. lunch and drinks were traditionaland delicious, no doubt you should take the tour.

It was a great tour. The bus was comfortable, the were very communicative throughout the process, nd punctual, The itinerary for the day was well thought off. Our guides Cristian and Mateo were attentive, knowledgable and fun. We truly enjoyed our day in Guatape.

It was amazing! Well planned out and entertaining crew, Alejandra who spoke English was our tour guide, she was very patient and provided us with a lot of information and recommendations. Highly recommend this tour!

The tour guides are phenomenal. Overall great value for what is offered. A full day tour and you get to see a lot of the Guatape area. Elizabeth. sandy, and Luis were great!

Our host, Mateo, was amazing! And everything that is included in this is wonderful. Was definitely my favorite part of the trip & would do again x