How to visit Guatapé, Colombia by bus (2023 Guide)

How to visit Guatapé, Colombia by bus (2023 Guide)

Guatapé is a small town just 2 hours away from Medellín, renowned for its colossal rock formation, La Piedra del Peñol, and the breathtaking views it provides of Guatapé. It’s an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway, offering a range of lodging options in the town. This guide provides insights on how to travel to Guatapé seamlessly and affordably using local buses.

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From Medellín to Guatapé

To begin your journey, make your way to the northern terminal of Medellín, known as Terminal del Norte. Head to the ticket desk specifically for Guatapé. You’ll find the bus tickets sold downstairs, and the desk is easily identifiable, often frequented by other foreigners. Ticket sellers usually announce their services loudly, and there’s a clear ‘Guatape’ sign, making it hard to miss.

While it’s possible to purchase tickets online, you’ll still need to visit the desk to collect the paper version. If you opt for an online purchase through Redbus, simply take a screenshot of the ticket and show it to the ticket seller.

Tickets are priced at 19,000 COP for a one-way journey, and buses depart approximately every 30 minutes.

How to Travel from Guatapé to Medellín

To return to Medellín, make your way to Terminal de Los Buses. You’ll find a ticket booth located in front of the buses, and the ticket is priced at 19,000 COP. Buses depart approximately every 30 minutes.