guatape rock

If you are traveling to Medellin, Colombia…then you MUST visit the Guatape Rock and Guatape City (Click here for my post on Guatape City).

Guatape Rock is the most fascinating site I’ve ever seen. To get to the top of the rock, you must climb 740 steps. Sounds like a lot…but we took our time and it took us 15 minutes to get to the top. Once you get to the top, go in the red building and climb the stairs there to the very top. There you will find step 740 and the best view you’ve ever seen in your life.

Not only was the rock beautiful, but it was also the most relaxing place I’ve ever been…even more relaxing than Honeymoon Beach in St. John B.V.I. I can’t explain why but, time simply stood still up there. There was barely any noise. The weather was perfect. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted a hammock and a book. I will never forget this experience and only regret I didn’t schedule more time for the rock.

To get to the rock, you’ll take a bus out of the North Bus Terminal in Medellin. We used bus window 14. The cost was $6 per person. Once you get to the rock, it’s best to pay another $4 for a drive up to the base of the rock…this saves time and energy. Once you get to the rock, you will have to pay $5 for admission and there’s no time limit.

I read that there could be lines on the weekends…so we went on a Wednesday. We left Medellin at 7am and was at the top of the rock by 9:30am. We had a full hour to ourselves before any other tourists got there. I highly recommend getting there early. The top of the rock is a great place to relax, take a nap, do yoga, read a book…or do absolutely nothing.

Our bus ride there was about 1:45 minutes. On the way back, we took a taxi back from Guatape City for an extra $1.50 each and it was about 20 minutes faster.

Once you are done with the rock, there will be little motorcycle cars at the bottom to give you a ride to the city. We paid $5 for 2 people.

I repeat, you must go see the rock…you will NOT regret it.


guatape rock steps


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red brick building







holding up rock

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