This photo is of “Peñol Rock” (La piedra del Peñol) in Guatapé, Colombia. Guatapé is located just outside of Medellin and is a great quick escape from city life. The region is both known for its beautiful landscapes along the manmade lake and this attraction.

Climbing La piedra del Peñol in Guatapé, Colombia-02

Sitting on the edge of the lake there is a massive 200 meter high rock formation. On one face of the rock there is a crack, and as the story goes a farmer thought it would be a grand idea to build wooden stairs to get to the top.

Now the staircase is at least concrete, but scaling the 649 steps to the top is not for the faint of heart. On the flat top of the rock there are endless views in every direction and also vendors selling drinks and snacks.

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  • That is a fascinating image! I’m glad that the staircase is now concrete – I can’t imagine scaling wooden steps up that narrow crevasse.

  • I went to Guatapé two years ago and of course the main attraction is “the big rock” but I loved the little village so much. It was so colourful and vivid that the 2 days we stayed there were not enough at all!

    • It’s truly and a very interesting attraction. If you can get past the fact that your walking up 649 stairs on the side of a rock the view is worth it!