Colourful and scenic region of Guatape, Colombia

Colourful streets of Guatape, Colombia

Colourful streets of Guatape, Colombia

Colour, colour, colour everywhere! This is the South America I imagined!

Guatape is an easy day trip (or overnight trip) from Medellin in Colombia. After just 2 hours on a bus you can be in the most colourful town I’ve ever seen.

Guatape shops in the town square

Guatape shops in the town square

Guatape town square Colourful houses in Guatape Colourful houses in Guatape

In GuatapeIt is a small town, but lovely to wander around and stop at the odd cafe for a fresh juice (and carrot cake if you’re me). The houses and shops are decorated with base-relief scenes known as ‘zocalos’.

The base-reliefs used to be used to stop chickens pecking at the walls and children ruining them with ball games, but today it’s all just stunning to see with hanging flower baskets to boot!

Colourful houses in Guatape

Colourful houses in Guatape

Colourful stores in Guatape Colourful buildings in Guatape

Church in Guatape

Church in Guatape

La Piedra del Penol

Nearby there is the giant La Piedra del Penol, a 200m tall granite monolith that rises high above Guatape. It’s a motor-taxi ride from town and a decent 740 steps up (if you go right to the very top). From the top you’re rewarded with stunning views overlooking the region and it’s vast amount of lakes.

Motor taxi in Guatape

Motor taxi in Guatape

La Piedra del Penol, Guatape

La Piedra del Penol, Guatape

Stairs up La Piedra del Penol, Guatape

Stairs up La Piedra del Penol, Guatape

View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol

View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol

View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol View over Guatape region from La Piedra del Penol

This was one of my favourite stops in Colombia, the people were super friendly (highly recommend stopping at the healthy food cafe) and the streets and scenery were stunning.

Me at the top of La Piedra del Penol

Me at the top of La Piedra del Penol

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