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Thursday, October 27, 2022

South America : Day 15 : El Peñol…

Today was our last day in the Medellín region. So we headed out of town to a Colombian must-see natural wonder; El Peñol (literally, “the stone,)  

Set in the lush green rolling hills of Antioquia, the giant monolith rock of El Peñol is reminiscent of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio. The 200 metre high rock towers over a series of beautiful lakes with a mountain backdrop. The gentle undulating scenery makes a stunning comparison to the modern and cosmopolitan city of Medellin only a few hours away.

It was a struggle - mixture of steepness, narrow slippery steps, and vertigo - but we reached the top of the rock by a series of 708 winding steps. At the top we were greeted with a stunning 360 degree bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside and lakes. It was fab.   

After we descended (gingerly) we walked around the nearby town of Guatapé. It is a lakeside 'get away' for the residents of Medellin and had a colourful rural charm all of its own. The main town square or 'parque' has lots of brightly painted houses and shop fronts. Oh, and a gay bar!  

We stopped for lunch on the waterfront (for another Colombian specialty) and then moved back to the central square for coffee and to people watch before heading back to Medellín.   

A lovely day out.

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