Guatapé and Trips

Day Trips Offered by Eco Hostel 

—Boat ride to Museum of ‘el viejo peñol (1.5 hrs) Free for students. $20,000 COP for non students.

—Learn the history of Guatapé.

—See pictures of what El peñol used to look like before the construction of the dam that produces electricity.

—Free for students enrolled in our courses

—Entrance fee  to the museum $5,000 COP

Hike to Waterfalls (6 hrs)

—Local guide with the opportunity to practice your Spanish

—Hike through pre-hispanic indigenous road

—Spring water

—Free for students enrolled in our courses

—Non-students $ 70,000 COP

Cayoning Waterfalls (3hrs)

—Local guide with the opportunity to practice your Spanish

—Hike through pre-hispanic indigenous road

—Spring water

—Abseilin gear


—Students and non-students $ 50,000 COP

Guatapé Motos

This is a small business in Guatapé that enjoys riding this mountainous area. They started as travelers just wanting to cruise around and fell in love with …


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About Guatapé

Guatapé is located in the outskirts of Medellín, bordering a reservoir created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam, built in the late 1970s. This quaint town is the gathering place for “Las Vegas”, or the small farms of the area. It is also a growing area of recreation for citizens of Medellín, and aims to be a tourist destination for foreign travellers.

The picturesque town of Guatapé is known as the Pueblo de Zócalos, named for the beautifully sculpted and painted depictions of village life that adorn the lower half of most buildings in the town center. Each building has the tiles along the facade’s lower walls in bright colors and dimension images. Many of the tiles are tied to the products sold by the shops, or the beliefs of the residents. Others are cultural images of the farming heritage of the community.

On weekends, the waterfront malecón (boardwalk) fills up with local vendors selling beautiful Paisa art, food, and souvenirs, and the adventurous can take a ride on the Cable Vuelo, a canopy zipline over the lake. Popular boat tours visit the former site of Viejo Peñol, a town which was submerged by the creation of the reservoir, which is now marked by a giant memorial cross. We offer this trip for free to students enrolled in our courses.

Guatapé has undergone changes throughout its history. It was predominately a farming town that relied on livestock, agriculture and mining. Empresas Públicas de Medellín built a large hydroelectric complex here in the 1960s. This mega-project had a large impact on social, economic, political, environmental and cultural development in the area. With the construction of this dam, Guatapé became one of the most important electric production centers in the country.

Fun Fact: The name “Guatapé”, comes from the Quechua language, related to “stones and water”.

Piedra del Peñól

The “Peñol Rock” (La piedra del Peñol) that borders the lake is a rock formation, that formed along the Antioquia Rock Base (batolito de Antioquia), 70 million years ago. With 2/3 of its height below ground, the exposed vertical face is over 200 meters high and visible from throughout the surrounding countryside. Visitors can scale the rock via a staircase built into one side, a path that includes more than 649 steps to the top.

Vegetarian restaurants options in guatape

Hecho con amor Restaurant


Namaste Restaurant


Etereo restaurant



Courses Offered by Eco Hostel 

2 Week Intensive Spanish Course

Introduction to Permaculture & Farming
(includes 4 days of working in the field to learn about organic farming in Colombia)


Schedule of Classes

To see the start dates of all classes offered & to check availability, please send us an email to


The Eco Hostel

To experience life on an organic farm, you can stay at our Eco Hostel – an educational center, a showcase of best practices for sustainable living, alternative energies, and a place where you can reconnect with yourself & nature in harmony.

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Visit our Farm

Contact us to schedule a visit to our organic farm through:

or call us to (54) 3116467039


Contact & Directions

To contact us with any questions.

Paola: +(57) 311 646 7039
Skype: ecohostelmedellin


**To participate in any of our courses or for lodging at the Eco Hostel, you must receive a confirmation in advance. Same day reservations are possible, only if we have available spaces. Please make sure to receive a confirmation via email or phone before heading our way. 

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