33. Guatape “Pinol”: A Mosaic Wonderland
Guatapé, also known as “Pinol”, is a town in the Antioquia department of Colombia. It is known for its colorful buildings adorned with intricate mosaics. The most famous mosaic is the one that covers the facade of the Casa de los Artesanos (House of Artisans). This mosaic was created by local artist, José Horacio Betancur, and depicts the history and culture of Guatapé.
Another popular attraction in Guatapé is the Piedra del Peñol, a massive rock that rises 2,000 feet above the town. The rock can be climbed via 650 steps, and the views from the top are simply stunning.
In addition to the mosaics and the Piedra del Peñol, Guatapé also has a number of other attractions, including:
- The Guatapé Reservoir: This man-made lake is a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing.
- The Pueblito Paisa: This replica of a traditional Colombian village is a great place to learn about the country's culture.
- The Botanical Garden: This garden features a variety of plants and flowers from the region.
The best time to visit Guatapé is during the dry season, which runs from December to April. However, the town is also a popular destination during the rainy season, as the waterfalls are more impressive.
Here are some tips for planning your trip to Guatapé:
- The best way to get to Guatapé is by bus from Medellín. The journey takes about 2 hours.
- If you are planning on climbing the Piedra del Peñol, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
- There are a variety of accommodation options in Guatapé, from budget hostels to luxury hotels.
- Be sure to try the local cuisine, which features fresh fish, trout, and ajiaco (a hearty soup).
Guatapé is a truly charming town that is sure to leave you wanting more.