El Penol

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Somewhat reminiscent of Rio’s Sugar Loaf, albeit in a different rural setting. El Peñol is a 200 meter high granite monolith rising from the banks of an artificial, but stunning, lake about 30km from Marinalla, which is a small town on the Autopista main road between Medellin and Bogota. Climbing the 650 steps isn’t as hard as it sounds, and one is rewarded with spectacular views over Antioquia’s countryside. A visit is an essential day tour from Medellin that combines well with the Circuito Oriente tour – El Peñol is about 90 minutes drive from Medellin.