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Piedra Del Penol

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“top of the rock”(44 reviews)
“worth the climb”(30 reviews)
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All reviews day trip top of the rock worth the climb take your time climb steps giant rock worth the effort north bus terminal walk up breathtaking views mango entrance fee sunny day souvenir shops el penol two hours boat ride
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this place has it all. its romantic, its adventurous, and you can do everything there in Gautape including sea doos, boat rides, horse rides, live music mariachi style, and the view from the top was something to behold and cherish. plus they got a bar...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank javiervillela61
Reviewed 1 week ago

The climb wasn't as bad as I anticipated. The view from the top made is worth every step. Very reasonable admission price ($18,000 COP). We went quite early so the top viewpoint wasn't packed and it was easy to get good pictures. We took a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kellyanddarrend
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks to previous travel bloggers for paving the way and giving us direction for our own trip. Taking into account the previously-shared knowledge, here was our experience: - Took the metro from El Poblado to Caribe and walked across to the gangway to the bus...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank From_Victoria_BC
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is best to arrive early in the day, especially on weekends, when the crowds won't be so dense. The 700 plus steps go pretty much straight up the 656-ft. monolith. A steady pace, with a little heavy breathing, leads to a sense of accomplishment...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joelyn O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I got here early, so there were not many other people about, which was great. The views are fabulous and well worth braving the stairs. And (happily for me) the stairs going down are separate to the up ones, and there is less chance of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 405janellec
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are there, you must go to the top. I visited with my father who is 75 this year and we did it! 749 stairs all the way up, you can do it slowly with stops now and then, on the top you have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank margaritamv73
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The climb to the top is very doable and the views are definitely impressive from there. Unfortunately the experience of the natural feature itself is marred by the restaurants and shops on top, the staircases going up and down, the big G1 painted on one...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Carl S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a big rock with beautiful views. Definitely worth the hike and not all that tough. The views from the top are incredible. It gets packed after about 11am.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gundogs69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

'The Rock' as it is known, can be found 2 hours outside of Medellin and can easily be accessed via public transport. It is situated near the town of Guatape which is also a must do. Piedra Del Penol is a huge monolith, erratically situated...More

Date of experience: January 2019
16  Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views were beautiful and it was very cheap to pay to go up, but I was disappointed to find a whole bunch of markets and restaurants at the top and not a lot of space to enjoy the beautiful spot in nature. It was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Cindy E
February 13, 2019|
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Response from 405janellec | Reviewed this property |
It was open when I was there three weeks ago.
January 1, 2019|
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Response from ranger0793 | Reviewed this property |
There is a sign saying they are not allowed and I don’t think it would be a good idea to take a pet all the way up there. The steps are steep in some spots and it can get a little crowded.
November 11, 2018|
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Response from samkibisu | Reviewed this property |
According to my Colombian host the answer is yes.
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Am I making the most of my time in Colombia? (3 Replies)
Hi all, I'm traveling to Colombia for a week next month. I have a basic idea of the itinerary I want to follow, but I would love any advice on what to add, or what to leave out. Is this too much moving around for a week? Sun: Leave Panama 11:45AM - Land in BAQ 1PM. Catch a bus to Cartagena. Check in to hotel, spend evening walking old city, eat, see some nightlife. Mon: Day trip to Rosario Islands, snorkel, beach time, eat. Afternoon- hang out on beach in Cartagena, walk city. ...More
January 17, 2011|
Response fromplaya4u|
AyeEat:: A week! yikes sounds like you'll hit the ground running! what happens if the bus breaks down it might throw you off sched. anyways you look young full of vigor i would add a few days to kick back in nice spot Tolu or say Guatape(close to Penol rock) try lakeview Hostel Greg runs it(nice guy who knows the area)Penol sounds like it's been let go & hasn't been main. in a while(stairs,ladders ect) so be careful when you climb it.Santefe de Ant. also looks nice not far from med. Add a...More
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Just Back from Medellin (and Surroundings): November 2015 (30 Replies)
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November 14, 2015|
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