The Big Guatape Rock

The Big Guatape Rock


A Massive stone rising over 650 feet out of the flat ground of Guatape, Colombia, was once worshiped by the Tahamies Indians.


share Share

The Rock of Guatape is a landmark inselberg also known as The Stone of El Peñol in Colombia. It is located in the town and municipality of Guatapé, Antioquia. The town of El Peñol, which borders Guatapé, has also historically claimed the rock as their own and thus has led to different names for the site.

The landform is a granitic rock remnant that has resisted weathering and erosion, likely as a result of being less fractured than the surrounding bedrock. Peñón de Guatapé is an outcrop of the Antioquia Batholith and towers up to 200 meters (656 feet) above its base.

Visitors can scale the rock via a staircase built into one side, a path that includes more than 649 steps to the top. Near the base of the Rock, there are food and market stalls for shopping. About halfway up the stairs, there is a shrine to the Virgin Mary. The summit contains a three-story viewpoint tower, a convenience store, and a seating area.

The indigenous Tahamí, former inhabitants of this region, worshiped the rock and called it in their language mojarrá (meaning "rock" or "stone").


Plant Life in Ocean

85% of plant life is found in the ocean.

Read More
Grasshopper Blood

Grasshoppers have transparent (colorless) blood.

Read More
Meterorites

Over 500 meteorites hit the Earth each year.

Read More
Earthquakes

The Earth experiences over 12000-14000 earthquakes a year.

Read More