Where to stay in Guatapé if you want to experience the colorful village in peace after all the day-trippers from Medellín left? Both Guatapé and the beautiful lake area beyond offer beautiful places to stay for an unforgettable experience. From charming hotels to many unique glamping sites! This blog will help you to make a choice. Where to stay in or outside of Guatapé? What are the best hostels, glamping sites and hotels in Guatapé?
How to get to Guatapé in Colombia
Guatape is located quite centrally in Colombia. The colorful village is known for its location near Medellín. Since Medellín is included in almost every travel itinerary for Colombia, visiting Guatapé won’t require any detour.
You can easily visit Guatapé on a day trip from Medellín. A pricey organized tour is not even necessary. Just take the bus at bus station Terminal de Transporte Norte (at metro stop Caribe). The bus will take you in about an hour to Guatapé – or the rock La Piedra del Peñol one stop earlier.
Because the village is mainly visited as a day trip, it is recommended to spend one or more nights in Guatapé. That way you can also experience this colorful destination without the day trippers, at the end of the day and in the early morning. Although Guatapé is popular enough to be quite touristy, you can still experience a slightly more authentic atmosphere at those times. Another bonus is experiencing one of the unique glampings in and around Guatapé!
Why Guatape is worth a visit
Guatapé is one of the most famous places in Colombia because of its colorful streets and beautiful location in a lake area. Near the village you can also find the iconic La Piedra del Peñol. This rock on the edge of Guatapé – also called El Peñón de Guatapé – has a beautiful view over the lake area in which Guatapé is located.
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The highlight of Guatapé is the colorful street scene. It doesn’t get any simpler. In fact, there isn’t even much to do. It central square will undoubtedly make you want to wander through the streets from there. One street is even more colorful than the other. There are plenty of nice coffee shops, terraces and restaurants to take a nice break. Photogenic, brightly colored houses can be found all over Guatapé. The highlight is the Plazolette square with a brightly colored staircase that you may have seen in photos before. You don’t have to be afraid to get lost, the town is too small for that.
We’ve referred to it many times before lake area where Guatape is located. The town is sandwiched between the water. And when I say lakes, I actually mean more. The jagged edge makes it almost seem as if there are hundreds of small lakes, as when you look out over the area from El Peñón de Guatapé. The lake is artificial and was created by the construction of a dam. You can rent a boat or book a boat tour to explore the lake.
Staying in Guatapé
Although Guatapé is great to visit as a day trip from Medellín, we recommend spending at least one night in or near the town. Although a day trip will give you enough time to explore the small town, the village is at its best without the day trippers from Medellín. Moreover, you can also explore the beautiful lake area, if you stay a little longer in the village.
Both Guatapé and the beautiful lake area offer great places to stay, although the choice in Guatapé itself is not very wide. There are a number of excellent hotels and hostels in Guatapé, but the beautiful glamping Bosko stands out in particular. Outside the village you will find many more beautiful accommodations with spectacular lake vies and idyllic locations.
Where to stay in Guatapé
#1 Bosko for a unique glamping experience on the outskirts of Guatapé. Although Bosko is located in the village, you don’t get that feeling at all because of the wide view over the lakes around Guatapé. Guests stay in attractive domes with comfortable beds and rain showers. There is a swimming pool, spa and restaurant.
#2 Lake View Hostel for a budget-friendly place to stay in a central location. There are both private and dormitory rooms. The name of the hostel already suggests that it offers a lovely view over the lake.
#3 Hotel Santorini for a comfortable hotel with modern rooms and rave reviews. The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool with a magnificent view.
#4 La Madriguera for a well-priced accommodation with enthusiastic reviews. Above all, the hotel has a wonderful location. Due to its location on the edge of Guatapé, La Madriguera offers a beautiful view over the lake and La Piedra del Peñol.
Where to stay outside Guatapé
#5 Glamping The Mountain for a beautiful glamping experience just outside Guatapé. Guests stay in wooden cabins with a king-size bed, a jacuzzi and a balcony with a view of the mountains. If you want to visit the village, the staff will take you across the water in a boat in a few minutes.
#6 Atma Eco Village for a beautiful eco-hotel made of natural materials, located in the countryside near La Piedra del Peñol. Guests stay in beautiful cabanas with a deck overlooking the lake.
#7 Domus Glamping for luxurious glamping in domes on the lake. The property has scenic views of the water and offers free use of kayaks and paddle boards.
#8 The Boato Hotel for a 5-star hotel with rave reviews and high review ratings. All cottages have mountain and lake views. A boat tour of the lake is standard with your stay, and free kayaks and jet skis are available.
#9 Soy Local Guatape for a budget-friendly hotel outside Guatapé, set in a green garden overlooking the lake. A big bonus is the sun terrace with sunbeds on the lake.
#10 Hotel Zocalo Campestre for a place to stay with rave reviews right next to the iconic El Peñón de Guatapé. The hotel offers rooms in the main building and bungalows, some with mountain, lake or garden views.