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Guatapé - Colombia

What better place for a global health crisis to catch hold of you! A movie town, with beautiful people.

by belencangroAbout Me:My name is Belén and I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2017 I have not been at home. In this profile you will find my travel itineraries through South America in all this time. I hope you enjoy it and all the tips serve you. Good tr... read more

South AmericaColombia216 days / February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September 2020

Highs & Lows

Lookouts outside the town

It has many rainy seasons

Itinerary Overview

Este fue un año muy difícil para viajar. Estaba en Medellín trabajando como voluntario en un hermoso albergue artístico llamado Coolto Art Lodge. Cansado un poco del ruido de la ciudad y de tanta gente, comencé a investigar pueblos cercanos. En esta búsqueda siempre me encontré con un pintoresco pueblo llamado Guatapé.

  • 216 Nights: Guatapé
    Beautiful walks in nature, very friendly people and an exceptional Colombian culture.
  • Day trip: El Peñón de Guatapé
    Amazing view
  • Day trip: Guatapé
    Walk in nature

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have liked there to be more signage in the streets, there are many tourists walking around but none of them knows the place and it is difficult to know which are the most beautiful routes to do.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    My stay in Guatapé took a long time because we entered the context of the Covid19 pandemic, despite that the people were very friendly and were always willing to collaborate in whatever was necessary.

  • How was the food?

    Namaste is an excellent vegan food restaurant the owner is a very fun person and the food is delicious. Luigi's pizzeria are the richest pizzas I have tried in all of Colombia.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Normally tourists arrive in Guatapé and only stay one day. My advice is to take a few days to really get to know the place, do all the walks possible and enjoy the culture.

  • Packing tips?

    It is a good idea to have a bathing suit because they also have nautical activities in addition to being able to cool off in the river. It is important to have a coat because at night it is usually cold.

  • Transportation Tips?

    The bus that arrives from Medellín is inexpensive and during the trip there is a very beautiful landscape. The approximate time of this tour is 2 hours.

  • Any surprises?

    The viewpoints that are on the outskirts are simple but they have a beautiful view, normally the tourism secretariat does not talk about them, but you can get there by asking the locals.

  • Booking details?

    I do not recommend hiring any agency, it is a place that you can access on your own. Hotel reservations can be made in most reservation portals, although you can personally get better prices.


  • Buena Vista Hostal: Before deciding to spend a season in Guatapé, I first wanted to come and meet, I stayed one night in this hostel where a very friendly girl was attending. The place was very nice and quiet. It was very inexpensive and very well organized. La Casona Guatapé: Here I stayed a whole month! The manager was very friendly and gave me a price for the full month, the rooms are big and nice. The kitchen is a bit old, and the decoration of the house too, some things are not completely in good condition. Private apartments: It is very easy in this town to find people who rent furnished apartments by the night, the week or the month. It is much cheaper than hostels and gives us more privacy.