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Here's Why You Must Visit Guatapé, Colombia, Before You Die

You won't regret it.

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.

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Don't let your mom tell you not to go. Medellín has come a LONG way since the drug wars and it's not like Narcos.

But two hours east lies a colorful town called Guatapé, and it's AH 👏 MA 👏 ZING.

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It looks like a painting.

The town is most known for La Piedra, which is a giant, 720-foot natural rock creviced in the Peñol Reservoir.

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The entrance fee costs $18,000 Colombian Pesos, or $6 USD — but you can likely book a tour from Medellín and entry will be included. I highly recommend VAN por Colombia by Rafa! It was an amazing experience, and it came with bomb breakfast and lunch, too.

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.

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Listen, you have to climb 650 stairs, so you will sweat and need breaks. But if you have a basic level of fitness, this is doable. Just take your time! For reference, it took me about 20-30 minutes to reach the top, and I hardly ever go to the gym.

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.

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It will make you question how nature can be this beautiful. And you'll probably take a million photos.

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You can even chill and have a drink at the top!

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Hey, that's motivation for some people.

But the rock isn't the only thing to see on this trip. You'll also want to visit the little town of Guatapé.

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Because it is SO CUTE AND COLORFUL AND WONDERFUL.

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LOOK at this building! Don't you just want to hang forever??

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I MEAN!!!

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You can roam the streets and check out the local art and handmade items.

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You can eat a warm, soft cinnamon roll with dulce de leche or Nutella drizzled on top.

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Eat wafers and drink Colombian coffee outside, surrounded by a rainbow of buildings.

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Take adorable group photos on the unique stairs of Guatapé.

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Buy souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones who definitely missed out.

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Take Instagram pics in front of walls and colorful doors.

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And just soak in the amazingness of this charming little place.

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Basically, Guatapé is amazing and if you're visiting Medellín, Colombia, it's a must-see day trip.

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Happy travels!

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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 arielle.calderon@buzzfeed.com or DM her on Instagram.

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