Hello, travelers! Have you ever been to Medellín, Colombia? Let's just start by saying that the City of Eternal Spring is freakin' BEAUTIFUL and you should visit if you haven't.
But two hours east lies a colorful town called Guatapé, and it's AH 👏 MA 👏 ZING.
The town is most known for La Piedra, which is a giant, 720-foot natural rock creviced in the Peñol Reservoir.
You access the rock by climbing 650 stairs, which zig zag along the side of the mountain. And no, they actually aren't THAT bad.
And even though your thighs and glutes will burn from the hike up, it's completely worth it for the most epic view of the local area.
It will make you question how nature can be this beautiful. And you'll probably take a million photos.
You can even chill and have a drink at the top!
But the rock isn't the only thing to see on this trip. You'll also want to visit the little town of Guatapé.
Because it is SO CUTE AND COLORFUL AND WONDERFUL.
LOOK at this building! Don't you just want to hang forever??
You can roam the streets and check out the local art and handmade items.
You can eat a warm, soft cinnamon roll with dulce de leche or Nutella drizzled on top.
Eat wafers and drink Colombian coffee outside, surrounded by a rainbow of buildings.
Take adorable group photos on the unique stairs of Guatapé.
Buy souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones who definitely missed out.
Take Instagram pics in front of walls and colorful doors.
And just soak in the amazingness of this charming little place.
Basically, Guatapé is amazing and if you're visiting Medellín, Colombia, it's a must-see day trip.
Arielle Calderon is a writer temporarily based in Latin America participating in Remote Year. If you have any tips on cool places, events, or things to eat in Medellín, Bogota, or Mexico City, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM her on Instagram.