Guatapé is hands down one of the most popular day trips from Medellin. From the colorful, vibrant zocalos to the majestic views from Piedra del Penol, it is flocked by tourists for a reason. This colorful pueblo is also just a 90-minute to two-hour drive from Medellin. Going to Guatape is fairly easy, too! We listed different ways of how you can get to Guatape from Medellin. Just a caveat: you might want to stay longer!
How to go to Guatapé
1. By Bus
There’s a bus terminal is at Caribe Station or Terminal del Norte. You can buy a bus ticket to Guatapé for 15,000 COP one way. Buses run every thirty minutes, from 6 am to 7 pm. Make sure to buy return tickets as buses from Guatapé to Medellin become full pretty quickly. The last bus from Guatapé leaves at 7 pm.
You can also get off at Piedra to see the popular Rock of Guatapé (El Penol de Guatapé). From there, you can take a tuk-tuk to Guatapé.
2. By hiring a private driver
Although not the cheapest, this is still the most convenient way to get to Guatapé. Depending on the driver, this might cost around 200,000 to 300,000 COP. Hiring a private driver who speaks English also means they can easily navigate the city while giving you a background of the places. You won’t have to wait for buses or tuk-tuks to get to your next stop in your itinerary. You can check out our list of the most highly recommended private drivers from Medellin here.
3. By ridesharing
Yep! Going to Guatape in a private car doesn’t have to be so expensive. A lot of tourists share a ride from Medellin to Guatapé. You can join the Medellin Expats Group on Facebook and look for someone to share a ride with on there.
4. Joining Tours to Guatapé
A lot of group tours to Guatape are reasonably-priced. You can join Tours Guatape for only 79,000 COP. This includes transportation from Medellin and back, breakfast and lunch, and a guided tour (let them know ahead if you need it in English).
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What was your favorite experience in Guatape? Let us know in the comments! Also, don’t forget to check out other quick getaway trips from Medellin here.