Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Rock of Guatapé Colombia

La Piedra Del Peñol (Spanish for "The Rock of Guatapé") is also known as El Peñol Stone or simply La Piedra (Spanish for "The Stone"), is a monolithic formation situated at the town and municipality of Guatapé, 1 km inside the city limits (86 kilometers northeast of Medellín or two hours by bus) in Antioquia, Colombia. The awesome wide Antioquian rock base is known as "batlolito antioqueño", and the "Peñón" were formed 70 million years ago. The stone rises from the bottom of the hydroelectric dam of Peñol-Guatapé. This monolith was spotted as a border landmark between country farms and the two cities. At its highest part, on the rear southeast side, it has an elevation of 7,005 ft over sea level, with an average temperature of 18 °C. The "Peñol" has 6,500 cu ft of rock mass and it is 1,263 ft long, with an approximate weight of 11,000,000 tons. It has some rock breaks, one of which was used for the construction of the 650 stairs that can be used to go to the top. Also you can visit 2 monasteries that belong to the "Benedictinos" Communities and are also many extreme and traditional water sports available.