The Rock of Guatapé!

A must do if you stay at Medellín!

Guatapé is a small town a 2 hours bus drive away from the trendy and famous city Medellin. It is a perfect one day trip but also a place to stay more than one day! At the Bus Terminal Norte head down to the ground floor and buy your ticket at the ticket booth 14. It will cost you 14 COP like 4.50$ dollars one way!

There are two attractions:

The town Guatapé:

Guatapé is a really small town, the houses are coloured, in the centre are a lot of restaurants and the people are relaxed. There is a church and little stores to buy souvenirs.  I think from there are also activities like a boat tour etc. At the same place the bus dropped you of, you can directly by a ticket to head back to Medellin! If you just want to go to the next attraction you can pay 2 COP for the bus or take a tuktuk motorcycle which drives you to the Rock of Guatapé.

The Rock of Guatapé (El Peñón de Guatapé):

The most important attraction in Guatape is the huge stone … You need to climb up 700 steps till you on the top. I did it without stopping but it was hard. From the gas station you can walk up to the entrance and buy a ticket to go up the stone. Once you arrive at the top you will be speechless! The 360 degrees view is amazing.

The indigenous Tahami, former inhabitants of this region, worshiped the rock and called it mojarrá which means rock! In July 1954, the stone was first climbed from Luis Villegas, Pedro Nel Ramirez and Ramón Díaz, with sticks fixed against the walls within 5 days.

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Galeria Guatape Hostel:

I stayed for two days in Guatape and slept in a really nice hostel Galeria Guatape Hostel in walking distance to the stone. The host of this hostel and all the people that work there are amazing. You can swim, enjoy a nice view over the lake and enjoy a free Coffee (the best coffee I had in Colombia) whenever you want. The breakfast was just delicious and also included in the price, a restaurant to eat dinner is close by!

Thanks for reading my post, if you have questions about Guatapé or even Medellín just let me know.

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Mendoza’s Malbec Wine from Argentina

Today I am going to tell you more about Mendoza a city in Argentina

After my two month of school in Buenos Aires I started my trip in Uruguay Montevideo and my second stop was Mendoza, the home of the Malbec red Wine.

Why Mendoza?

Mendoza is the capital of the province of Mendoza. The City is located on the eastern side of the Andes. If you are interested in hiking, rafting, zip lining, horse riding or sports in general this is the right place for you! But what if you just like to relax and have a good time? No problem, since Mendoza is also a wine region, there are dozens of vineyards, wine cellars to visit.

Depending where you are staying the vineyards can be reached by bicycle, bus or taxi! They offer wine tours mostly in the mornings and show you around, explaining the production and letting you taste there originals Malbec wines!

I stayed at the Lemon Tree Hostel which is outside of the city but really close to all the outdoor activity’s you might want to do! Nice rooms, a pool with a relaxing area, a kitchen and a good prise.

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Places to visit are:

Thermas de Cacheuta (hot water springs thermal bath)

Potrerillos (hiking, rafting, zip lining, swimming)

Uspallata (Nature, hiking)

Vineyards near the hostel

 

Thermas de Cacheuta

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So I booked just one night at the Hostel and a flight the next day, because I thought there is nothing to do in the city. I sadly didn’t know that in the province Mendoza you have all this outdoor activities like Zip Lining, Hiking and Rafting including al the Vineyards! So at least stay a couple days to really enjoy your stay! Be smart!

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