Guatape is only a 2 hour bus ride from Medellin. There are some nice views on the way as the bus drives over the mountains. The bus is also a bit like a sleeping pill as it's rocking you back and forth to sleep, thats what it did to me anyway! If staying in Guatape then everything is pretty much walking distance when you arrive but if you feel lazy then a Tuk Tuk is always ready to take you where ever you want to go. I like to walk and move around so i walked everywhere.
The Tuk Tuk drivers used to be able to decorate their vehicle's how ever they wanted, as the one above. But the council has put a stop to that so they all have to be plain white, a bit boring in my opinion. Some of the owners are a bit rebellious so they kept their Tuk Tuks all colourful, guess who gets the most business?
Talking about colourful, all houses in the town of Guatape are painted and decorated in very vibrant colours. It's like walking in to a fantasy town, the only thing is that sometimes it do feel like its just built as a tourist attraction. Sure have i bumped in to more tourists here compared to Medellin, mostly backpackers. You never get hassled in to buying, doing a tour or anything so in that aspect it doesn't feel to touristic. Its really pleasant just browsing around the the small streets of town and occasionally have a coffee, juice or snack. There is also a waterfront but when i visited the water was very low due to no rain. This made the view a bit so so. Still, if you need great wifi then head to Cafe Del Porto down the water front. Yes, very sad to recommend wifi place when out travelling but hey now days its a must.
I already mentioned in my post from the 23rd of Feb that there is some wonderful nature around here. Other things to do when visiting Guatape includes (but defiantly not limited to) hiking, biking, visiting waterfalls, swimming in a couple of the lakes and just chillaxing. I would have loved to do it all, but my knee problem continues so took the decision to cut my stay a bit shorter and head up to the coast. There i will be able to just enjoy a beach and take it easy for a couple of weeks.
I stayed at the Lake View Hostel, COP 24 000/ EUR 6.50/ USD 7, considering the price it was a good place to be. Had a bed in a female 4 bed dorm with a comfy bed. It had hot water and the bathrooms were clean. Ok I believe 16 people shared 3 bathrooms so sometimes it was a bit of a swimming pool on the floor, but what to expect for that price. I wouldn't really go near the kitchen though, a lot of flies in a kitchen is not my cup of tea. Several of others did cook a lot though. There was a lot of drinking and partying here but never late at night, the three nights i was there it got quiet around 1130 PM. Lake View do have a sign calling themselves a hostel/boutique hotel. If you are looking for a boutique hotel then stay away from here!!!
Its really easy to get to Guatape from Medellin, less then a two hour bus ride from terminal norte. It costs COP 14 000/ EUR 4/ USD 4.50. There is plenty of leg space on the bus but the seats of narrow and the thing about personal space doesn't really exist here so you might have half of someones else leg hanging over yours. Everyone did have a seat though, something that doesn't always happen.
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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