Sundays are family days for people in Colombia and South Americans everywhere. The city shuts down for locals to unwind in their local plazas or go on family excursions to nearby villages called pueblos. This sunny Sunday we decided to join local daytrippers heading two hours out of Medellin to picturesque Guatape – a pueblo famous for a humongous 10 million tonne rock called El Peñol Stone (Spanish for “The Rock of Guatapé”). The tour guide told us the rock arrived there when an old travelling wizard had a gutful of carrying it around and set it down there for good. Fact! Featuring a 649 masonary step staircase to the top, the result looks like a giant rock wearing a corset. The climb to the top is rewarded by local ice-creams, cool drinks and one incredible vista.
Beyond their giant rock the pueblo of Guatape offers colourful treats, including Colombian cowboys selling horses, local farming families sharing cakes and stories, and houses in every shade of the rainbow.
Another tiny local.
On the lake cruise we took with our tour. Soon after this picture was taken the whole rooftop crew of all ages were salsa-ing to the Latin-American beats. While drinks were being served, no intoxication was required for strangers to dance with one another and congo-line about the place. Friendly smiles all around as we got a true experience of family day in Colombia.