Guatape Pueblo & Piedra del Penol
Medellin is naturally filled with color; from the fruits, the housing/shops, the people, but when Danni told me there was a town known for being one of the most colorful towns in Colombia, I had to go see for myself.
I hopped on a bus to Guatape, about a 2.5 hour ride west of Medellin. From the North Bus Terminal, I paid 12,000 COP or about $4 USD.
The most popular thing to do while in or around Guatape is to climb Piedra del Penol for the most epic views. I would try to go as early as possible as there are 740 steps to the tip-top and it gets hot fast!
You can ask the bus driver to drop you directly at the piedra (rock) or continue on to the town. The smartest thing to do is to hike the rock first and then get a tuk-tuk to Guatape Pueblo after.
The town is an absolute delight to wander in. Every corner is painted in beautiful, vibrant colors; restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and all! I had lunch in the square, some rice, beans, avocado and plantains from a local restaurant and spent hours walking around, taking in all the colors. There is a river along the town that you can take boat rides in or zip-line across. What a perfect little place.