A haven of peace for the « paisas », the inhabitants of Medellin, Guatapé is famous for its colonial and colourful architecture, some of which dates back to the 18th century. This beautiful little town is an excellent option for those seeking peace and nature. Its colourful architecture and tranquillity, as well as the water sports practiced on the green lagoon, are the main attractions for tourists. The peak that rises above the city, called "El Peñol", is considered one of the wonders of Colombia. Visitors can climb to the top via stairs to enjoy the incredible panoramic view of the entire region. Having fresh juice at the top of the Peñol is a local tradition! Guatapé is definitely amazing!
The town was founded in 1811 and named after an old indigenous lord called “Guatapé” that used to be the leader of the natives of the region. Guatapé is famous for its colonial and colourful architecture, some of them from the XVIII century. In 1970, a dam was built by one of the biggest companies in Medellin, which boosted the town’s economy.