Friday Lens Affair 200


Colourful City of Guatape, Colombia

Today I’m featuring the colourful shot of Guatape city in Colombia, taken by Sam Ward and Natalia Laing from the Something of Freedom Blog.

Natalie and Sam are an English couple who met during a working holiday in New Zealand in 2015 and have spent the majority of the time travelling since! Follow their adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo Story: Colourful City of Guatape

When we arrived in Medellín one of the things top on our list of things to do was take a day trip to Guatape. Every traveller we met told tales of the colourful streets and insisted it simply shouldn’t be missed.

Knowing already that it would be one of the highlights of our time in Medellín, we decided not to visit until near the end of our month-long stay.

After catching the bus from Medellín, we started our day with a visit to El Peñón de Guatape – a towering rock just a few kilometres from the town of Guatape itself.

To reach the top we had to scale 740 steps, which seemed to go on forever as we struggled upwards in the midday heat.

Thankfully our efforts were rewarded with a spectacular view of a wonderful green landscape, separated only by the waters of the Laguna de Guatape. After taking it all in, we descended as quickly as possible eager to catch a bus onwards towards Guatapé.

Upon arriving in the town, we instantly fell in love with the place. We wandered without any regard for time, allowing ourselves to get lost amongst streets filled with vibrant buildings. Everywhere we turned was full of colour and life, which give Guatape a charm we couldn’t help but enjoy!

When travelling we often find ourselves looking for the perfect spots to take photos. In Guatape, that wasn’t an issue at all.

Not only is it one of the most colourful towns in the world, but also one of the most picturesque. In fact, you’d have to try pretty hard to find a street in Guatape that wasn’t worthy of being photographed!

Leaving our trip to Guatape until the end of our stay in Medellín turned out to be a great decision. We’d built up a sense of anticipation and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. If anything, we just wish we’d stayed the night to have a little more time there.

Guatape is an Andean resort town in northwest Colombia, east of Medellín. It’s known for its houses decorated with colorful bas-reliefs. It sits by the vast, man-made Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, a busy water-sports center.

Piedra del Peñol, a giant granite rock southwest of town, has hundreds of steps to the top, where there are sweeping views. The nearby Marial Stone is giant rock with an overhang.

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