La Piedra del Peñol y La Reserva de Guatapé (The Peñol Rock and The Guatapé Reservoir)

by Erica Dinho on March 17, 2010

This beautiful place is located in the department of Antioquia, about 90 minutes from the city of Medellin, my hometown.

The reservoir is one of the largest in South America. It is used to practice aquatic sports.

The rock is known as The Peñon of Guatapé or La Piedra del Peñol, it has 644 steps and the view from the top is absolutely amazing. At the base on the rock you will find restaurants and stores.

This is a popular tourist destination in Antioquia-Colombia.

The pictures are courtesy of my cousin Maribel, who lives in Italy with her husband. When they visit Colombia together, she takes pictures and shows him all the beauty of our country. Now he loves going there on vacation!

Thank you Mary :)

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog March 17, 2010 at 10:59 AM

What a beautiful place Erica! I’d like visiting some day this special rock:)

Have a great week,



2 Lyndsey March 17, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Very beautiful country! Thanks for sharing it with us!


3 Kim March 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM

What beautiful pictures Erica! Everything looks so lush and vivid. Thanks so much for sharing!


4 Nats March 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I love el peñol!! I went there as a girl many times, but was never brave enough to clime all the way up inside the rock.


5 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes March 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Oh so beautiful, Erica!


6 Sandra G March 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Que lindo, me gustaria conocerlo algun dia!


7 Soma March 17, 2010 at 5:38 PM

you sure belong to a very very beautiful place. I dream to taking vacations whenever I see such pictures and if life permits I will have my dream come true some day.


8 Joy March 17, 2010 at 6:51 PM

This has made my day! Such a beautiful place! I will dream of visiting there!


9 Rachana Kothari March 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Wow! This is so beautiful Erica…Would love to visit it some day!!!!


10 peanutts March 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM

wow, gorgeous place :)


11 ruth March 18, 2010 at 3:46 AM

wow, very impressive!!


12 Ivy March 18, 2010 at 5:42 AM

What a beautiful place. Surely this is a very beautiful destination and thanks for sharing, as we can visit such places only in our dreams :)


13 Erica March 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Thank you everyone!


14 Oysterculture March 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Oh my goodness, what beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing. When we finally make it to Columbia – this is on my list of places to see!


15 tasteofbeirut March 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

This is such a treat! I know many Lebanese who have immigrated to Columbia and I never imagined such beauty! (did you know the singer Shakira is from Lebanese parents?)
Thanks for showing this beauty of your homeland.


16 Erica March 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Taste of Beirut- Yes. I knew Shakira has Lebanese genes! I love her….She is my one of my favorite singers.


17 Kristy August 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I just discovered your blog and love it…these pictures make me “homesick” as I lived in Medellin for 2 years and simply fell in love with the area…beautiful photos!


18 sergio September 22, 2010 at 10:36 AM

this is an amazing site and i want to go back to my hometwon soon and visit this place the first time i go there


19 carol October 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Hi Erica, I have been enjoying looking at your,your photos, recipes, reading about Colombia . I have seen some of these places. Someday I would love to go back.
I grew up with an American mother with Italian decent and a Colombian father, who came to the US. when he was 30years old. So my mother would try to creat some of the dishes my father liked, Masamora (I never liked this), Sancocho, and Paella.
My mother has since died and I would like to make some recipes that maybe my Colombian grandmother might have made. All of my fathers family still live in Colombia, however, they feel it would be too dangerous to visit them.
I remember as a child and the last time, when I was in college, seeing Cali, Bogata and Medellin. Driving up into the mountains to see the finca house that my cousins had.
One of my favorite memories is of my grandmothers Empanadas with aji.
I have never tasted any as good as hers were. I am going to try to make your recipe of empanadas, maybe my children can enjoy something from a part of their Colombian heritage.
Thank you for giving me some knowledge so that I may fulfill that dream.


20 jenny December 27, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Don’t be afraid of going to Colombia is a beatiful place and people are very friendly, I was born in colombia and move to the us with my husband who is american we are planing a trip to Colombia and we are going to visit la piedra del penol, I can’t wait I am so homesick special during this time of the year. I also want my children to learn and love my culture.


21 alejandro September 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

hola Piasana.
I was born in barranquilla and have only been in colombia twice first time 12 years ago and i just returned,and let me tell ya i have traveled all over and i have never since such beauty, if i had the chance to move to Colombia i would just go straight to Guatape , but of course i wouldn’t go from pereira to Medellin by land , the trip up to St Barbada and La pinta Very beautiful but you need a lot of nerves to go up and down the mountain.WHAT A TRIP


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