Our trip from Medellin to Guatape was super easy, and convenient, from the moment we stepped out of the plane and then getting the bus to Guatape. We took the bus from the airport to Nutibara, and because we stayed at Nutibara hotel, which was where the bus’s last stop from the airport, the location was perfect, only 2 minutes walk to the hotel.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were amazed that the hotel staff speaks English during our check-in. The hotel located just across from the plaza Botero.
Although this hotel has seen a better day, and it has a double glazed window, we could still hear the noise from the square, this because the corridor’s balcony door was left open. Nonetheless, we still have a good night sleep and started our journey to the next destination the next morning, fresh even after the night out.
During our one night stay in this part of the city, we visited the famous local night out in Laureles neighbourhood. The street 70 or La 70 was well known for its nightlife. It’s very different from the trendy area in El Poblado, and the price was much lower too.
This pleasant little town with colourful colonial buildings is one of the famous tourist destinations in Colombia. People often come here to visit the giant rock – The Piedra del Peñol. Most of the people from Medellin visit this town for a day trip, and back in the evening. Hence, it’s a bit quieter during night time, and most of the shops close early.
Medellin to Guatape
- Step 1 – Take the Metro from Parque Berrio (Niquia) to Caribe Station.
- Step 2 – Follow the signs to the Bus terminal – Terminal del Norte.
- Step 3 – Buy a bus ticket at counter 14 – Sotrasanvicente & Guatapé la Piedra
- Step 4 – Relax and board the bus, follow the assigned seat number.
Metro Ticket Price: 2,550COP per person
Bus Ticket Price: 15,000COP per person
Duration: 2 hours (Our bus: 12:30pm ~ 2:30pm)
Colourful Guatape town
Hotel Tres Esquinas Guatape
When we arrived at this hotel, we didn’t know where to check-in. After walking a few steps away, some guy approached us, he probably expecting us. This hotel located at the corner of the square, and we get to see Parish of Our Lady of El Carmen de Guatapé from our balcony.
Food & Drinks
This restaurant located next to the square, and it was busy. It took quite some time for our food to be ready. The juice cost: Maracuya / Limonada Natural @ 4,000COP
Restaurant La Recata
Because of the location a few blocks away from the square, the price was lower. There’re also not many people in the restaurant which makes the serving fast.
Carne a la Planca and maracuya juice with 2 Club Colombia @ 23,000cop.
The beer price – Club Colombia and Redds was varied from 3,500COP to 4,000COP. In Malecon beach, which wasn’t a beach, it cost 4,000COP even though the location was a bit far from the square. While in Bar La Esquina Cafeteria, which was closer to the square, it also cost 4,000Cop and 3,500COP for Andina.
In a shop we named as a Beagle Bar (we saw a beagle there), located between the two locations, it cost 3,500COP. I wasn’t sure on the price next to the square though because we ordered three Redds and four Club Colombia with peanut and crisp, and it cost 34,500COP.
The Piedra del Peñol
The walk was pleasant. Some times we have to cross over to the other side due to the lack of walking path. I especially loved the view of the stone next to the bridge.
The starting point was at the petrol station called Zeuss, here we have to walk up about 287 steps before reaching to the parking space. Our leisure walk from Guatape town to the top of the rock was about 1Hour 30Minutes.
The entrance fee to the stone was 18,000COP per person. According to the marking on the step, the last marker was 650 steps, not including the flight to the top floor.
The view was amazing, even before reaching up to the top. But of course, the highest point was where we get the 360-degree view. However, it was very crowded, and it wasn’t very easy to even squeeze in to look out the fantastic view.
After spending about 20 minutes at the top, we walked back down, and on our way, we saw an older man carrying a few cartons of beer!
Before heading back to the town, we stopped by at El Penon Estadero y Restaurante The view in this place was fantastic too, it was like watching a nature documentary in HD. We ordered Maracuya and Mora juice cost 5,000COP each.
Walking back to the Zeuss petrol station, there’re a few Tuk-tuks ready, and we hopped into one. It cost 10,000COP for a ride and took less than ten minutes to get to the town.
Guatape to Bogota
The bus station located just a few blocks behind the place we stayed. It cost 23,000COP for two-person. We departed at 10:02 am to Guarne and by 11:12 am we arrived at Puento.
It didn’t take long before a public bus heading to the airport drove past. We’ve only been waiting for about 7 minutes. It cost 2,400COP per person. It probably cheaper than that, we pay the highest price that written on the price list glued to the door.
The ride took less 20 minutes. From the airport junction, we walked about 10 minutes to Avianca check-in counter. In total during this trip, we spent about 900,000COP including transport, hotel and food.
Travel Date: 10th ~ 13th August 2019