How to Get to GUATAPE from MEDELLIN
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Moving about the city of Medellin is best done with a driver as there are practically no places to park and with the constant traffic within The City. If you look to rent a car you will need a driver’s license and must purchase insurance which is not cheap. There are several car rental centers located near Parque Poblado walking distance from Lleras where you can lease a rental for the day to drive back and forth to Guatape. However, when heading to the outskirts of town the cost to hire transport is more economical especially if you looking to make it to the most popular tourist destination that is Guatape for the day or overnight stay.

Whether you’re figuring how to get from Guatape to Medellin or vice versa planning your transportation in advance is a requirement. You will find that there are numerous private car services to bring you from Medellin to Guatape however the opposite isn’t true which leads you to have to coordinate the logistics of your trip properly. This journey should last about 90 minutes depending on the type of vehicle transport. It is recommended to start any tour to Guatape from Medellin as early in the morning as possible to avoid any delays from local traffic and to arrive ahead of time to enjoy most of your day at this lovely lake town. Reserving transportation services to Guatape from Medellin should be done at least a few days in advance especially if your need specialized vehicles such as a premium car, SUV, sprinter, or large passenger bus as these are in limited supply and will have sur-charges if done at the last minute due to demand.

While in Guatape the need for a car isn’t necessary there are plenty of local taxi services and Tuk Tuks which can transport you between the Rock of Penol and the Town nearby within minutes. Most visitors to the area rent a Boat for the day or do some outdoor activities like kayak or jetski's which doesn’t leave much time to be in the car once you arrive. The city is charming and has some local cuisine nothing to expensive and many small shops are characteristics of any tourist trap type destination location.

After spending a day in Guatape getting back to Medellin can pose its challenges. It's best to charter your transport for the day and they will charge a minimum fee to wait patiently as you enjoy the tourist attractions nearby. However, if your left to fend for yourself to find transportation back to Medellin you may find your options limited as most drivers local to the area will stop operating in night which leaves you waiting hours for your car service to arrive from Medellin. Popular Apps do not function well when returning from Guatape which in some cases may leave you to pay exorbitant 2-way rates for 1 way transportation if you're not looking to spend the night and leave in the morning.

Here we will analyze the different transportation services and flexibility they offer.


1. Car Rental service – A good option if you plan to travel to Guatape and visit the surrounding townships for a few days. Being mobile once you arrive isn’t necessary as everything is located within walking distance or location transportation provided is offered on the cheap. This option does require you to have a license, purchase insurance, and fill the tank with gas upon return. Not recommended for same-day trips.

2. Private Car (Non-Premium) – Standard car service up to 3 persons these available as needed and can be booked last minute when traveling to Guatape. Hire the car for charter as it shouldn’t be more than $8 per hour waiting time which is well worth it when it's time to get back. If you look to save a few dollars you will have your best chance of finding return transportation in the form of a taxi but do not wait too late in the night as they will stop operating at around 6 pm leaving you limited options to get back.

3. SUV transport is the best way to move about the outskirts of Medellin. These vehicles offer comfort and tinted windows giving you a pleasant atmosphere and plenty of space to spread out. Recommended for group of up to 6 persons SUV should be booked at least 3 days in advance of your departure to Guatape and make sure to charter the service as there will not be any available for your return without pre-booking

4. Sprinter Bus Transports offer the best all-around service for large groups as they are stylish, quiet, and maneuver well on the road. Sprinter bus options to Guatape can move up to 18 persons and it goes without saying that these should be charted for a full day to return to Medellin without delay.

5. Large Passenger Buses should only be charted as needed sometimes it's best to split the group up and move around In 2 Sprinters as they are quicker and more comfortable. Needless to say, if you would all like to stay together as a group then this is the best option for you as they come in sizes of 28, 38 and 48 passenger buses.

As you have read the options are plentiful and depending upon your budget, group size and activities planned you have the flexibility to choose how you would like to enjoy your travels in and around the town of Guatape. We can be reached anytime through Whatsapp o+1.305.905.3123 or email, if you would like to charter any transportation type to get between Medellin and Guatape.

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