Until South America you have to travel to see a town that is not at all like most towns around the world. Is named Guatape, is northwest of Colombia and it is known for the colored bas-reliefs that adorn its houses.
Can't be more colorful
It is worth traveling from Medellín to see it. It is about two hours away by car (84 kilometers) and the photographs you take as a souvenir are spectacular.
Its just over 5,000 inhabitants They are used to being visited by tourists who cannot stop looking everywhere so as not to miss a single detail of the buildings. These, by the way, started with some drawings that the families wanted to have on the facade of their houses, but with the passage of time they got out of hand and art can now be seen on every street.
The color mixing does not follow any pattern. We can only say that they are alive enough not to go unnoticed. There is geometric forms and all kinds of reasons that are repeated, but we also find small scenes that are capable of telling a short story.
Artistic appeal… and natural
In Guatapé, apart from strolling around the Plaza de la Iglesia until you stop at Calle del Recuerdo, which is surely the most beautiful of all, you should also go to Rock of Guatapé, also known as Piedra del Peñol. It is a 220-meter-high monolith that can be climbed thanks to a curious 658-step zigzag staircase. There is one up and one down which are independent, although halfway there is a meeting point in case you regret going up.
What can you do when you reach the top? The first thing is to take a breath and enjoy the beautiful views, but afterwards you can also have a drink in one of the pubs that settle at the top of the rock. Of course, as much as you want to be there, think twice if you have physical or breathing problems, since it is not a route suitable for all audiences.
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The Most BEAUTIFUL TOWN IN COLOMBIA! - Exploring Guatapé & Piedra del Peñol (February 2023)