Guatapé is an Andean resort town in northwest Colombia, east of Medellín. It’s known for its houses decorated with colorful bas-reliefs. It sits by the vast, man-made Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, a busy water-sports center. Piedra del Peñol, a giant granite rock southwest of town, has hundreds of steps to the top, where there are sweeping views. The nearby Marial Stone is giant rock with an overhang.
Just 80 kilometers east of Medellín, picturesque Guatapé is a lake-filled paradise ideal for either a vigorous day trip or a relaxing week. Originally indigenous territory before the arrival of Iberian conquistadores, the area is named after a tribal Cacique. The name now refers to both the colorful town, called Pueblo de Zócalos, and the man-made reservoir, which was built in the 1970s to provide hydroelectricity. The area is now home to a series of connected lakes that are the site of many water-based activities. Add to that the area’s year-round spring-like climate, and you’ve got a prime vacation spot known as the “Hamptons of the Medellín
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