08.09.2016 – 11.09.2016
Our last days in Colombia have begun and we cannot believe that 4 weeks here are almost over! Our last destination will be Guatape, a small village 2 hours outside of Medellin, surrounded by an artificial lake. The village is probably best known for its rock formation “La Piedra de Peñol”, a 200m high stone which is visible from almost every ankle in Guatape. But let’s start from the beginning! 😉
Of course our first plan for Guatape is to visit THE ROCK. 🙂 Taking the local bus we arrive at the access point within 10 minutes. And there we stand, “only” 700 steps more to go all the way up. We start climbing up the staircase located on one side of the rock and are surprised to meet some really old ladies on our way. Not that the climb is very challenging, but for a 70 year old I guess it might be pretty tough! 🙂 But if you want the best picture, you need to pull yourself together and go for it. Reaching the very top of the rock, we really do enjoy the view. From up here, we realize how big the lake is and see the beautiful landscape surrounding it.
Checking the area from up there, we decide to not take the same way back to Guatape, but to go for an easy hike around the area. According to maps.me, it’s 8km to Guatape. The weather looks good, we have enough water – let’s give it a try! And we didn’t regret it – we passed several marvelous Fincas on our way, walked through smaller villages and passed farms where the people greeted us curiously. Unfortunately, we forgot to put on some sunscreen and looked like red crabs in the evening, but it was worth it. 🙂
The next and last day in Guatape, we start relaxed in our favorite café, the place to be in the village since it is located right at the corner of the big plaza and we can observe all the people from here. 😉 We enjoy a really good cup of coffee for 1000 Pesos, which is 0,35$ and decide to head in the direction of a waterfall close by. In the end, we didn’t find the waterfall and got lost on the way, but had a great day anyway! 🙂 We were being joined by 2 dogs belonging to our hostel. It’s much more fun when you have dogs with you on a walk, we realized… I think we might buy a dog when we’re back. 🙂
Since we take the night bus to Bogotá from Medellin, we head again to our favorite city to visit it for the last time and catch the bus at 10pm from Terminal Norte.
All in all, Colombia was just amazing. We were probably most surprised by the very modern and highly developed cities. If we compare Bogotá or Medellin to San Jose in Costa Rica, we have to say that the Colombian cities offer much more quality and are easier to travel for foreigners. Even the rural areas and villages look more developed. The friendly people and their openness towards us made us feel so welcome. It happened to us that mostly older people approached us and asking where we’re from, what we do in Colombia, how we like it. 🙂 Everyone helps you out when you’re lost and we never felt not secure. It was wonderful and we highly recommend this beautiful country as a vacation destination – it is worth the long flight and even if you have only 2 weeks you can see a lot!
Muchas gracias Colombia, but it’s time to say Good Bye…Ecuador, you’re next! 🙂