Just a couple hours outside of Medellín it's easy to see why this is a popular city escape - one of Colombia's finest.
Guatape is famous for the Peñón, or rock spire that from a distance looks oddly out of place. But climb up the seemingly endless stairs to the top and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view. The lake below branches out into many fingers following the contours of a hilly landscape. The surrounding vegetation is lush and green a sign that this is typically a rainy place.
Guatape is a resort town and it has that very feel: Quaint and cute, touristy but in a charming way. Colorfully painted houses with bass-relief faces line the streets one after the other, and when walking through the streets my pace is automatically slowed and my footsteps lightened as if the town itself is telling me to chill and unwind.
After only a few days here of relaxation, stair-stepping and sight seeing I'm not quite ready to leave, but ever onwards I go as more destinations beacon.