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Old 03-12-2013, 04:11 AM   #2026
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Walked up the road a couple kilometers to the entrance on El Peñon. Had to stop and talk to Enrique, my compadre de masonry. He was building a decorative sloped wall. You have to do these walls by eye since you can't use a level. It's an ugly design, but Enrique was doing a nice job technically. There's no accounting for taste when you're a masonry contractor. You do what the owner wants. Grey and school bus yellow stripes probably looked good on the designer's drawings. Sigh.



Anyway, Enrique was a nice guy who could work and talk at the same time. This Chiva bus drove by while I was chatting. Has to be from the 40's. Didn't recognize the grill. '46 Chevyish. Anyone know make and year? They keep these old trucks running in Colombia. I have seen some cherry trucks from the '50s and '60s.



Kept hiking up the entrance road:



Around the bend was El Peñon with the observation tower on top:



I got to the base and took this picture right as the batteries in the camera gave out:



Boy was I glad! All I had to do was double back a short way to a tienda and buy a couple AA's. I met Luis, Roberto and Henry. Mis tres nuevo (poco boracho) amigos Colombiano . (my three new slightly drunk Colombian friends):



Went back up to the entrance, paid the 10,000 peso entry fee (5.56) and started climbing stairs:



The staircase is built inside a giant crevice that goes all the way to the top. There are actually two staircases. The Subiendo (up):



is the outer staircase that has the stair number stenciled every 25 steps. Here I am at 150. Only 600 more to go:



Here is the view down to the parking lot and the surrounding lakes from a fifth of the way up:





The inner staircase is for people going down, it is tucked inside the crevice:



There are actually epiphytic bromeliads clinging to the sheer rock surface:



Halfway up there is an observation platform with a religious theme



Looking out half way up:



and looking down:



finally reached the top where there are places to buy sodas for double the price they were a couple thousand feet down:



At the top where it flattens out there is more vegetation clinging to the rock:



At the far corner, the guys that repaired the roof up here dumped all the old broken tile. I don't blame them. I wouldn't want to lug them down those stairs:



Views out to the surrounding lakes:





Headed up the three story winding staircase in the observation tower:





more later...
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:56 AM   #2027
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On the roof of the observation tower at El Peñon is a low wall with pictures commemorating the first guy to climb to the top in 1954:



and an elevated viewing platform:



Here I am on top of the world at stair 740:



and the views out to the surrounding countryside:







a bronze statue of Luis who apparently was the first person to get to the top with a man purse in 1954:



I thought about scratching the F into a D on the step of the observation tower, or adding an OU after the Y, but that would be WRONG:



I know German, French, English and Portuguese. But is the last one Greek? Transylvanian? When I did a google search all I came up with was pogonophobia-fear of beards. (tough phobia for a Catholic I imagine if Jesus scares you.)



I timed myself tearing down the 740 stairs to the ticket booth at the bottom. 3 minutes 42 seconds. Not sure if there are any competitive ADVriders out there (HAH!). Beat that time and I'll buy you dinner.

I spent 36,000 pesos today on food, entry fees and lodging. Today was sponsored by UpandDowner and Chitown Wheel.

Hasta Mañana,
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:41 AM   #2028
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You buy a soda on top of the rock

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Old 03-12-2013, 07:07 AM   #2029
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You buy a soda on top of the rock

They wanted 4000 pesos for a coke.
I had to pass.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:09 AM   #2030
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They wanted 4000 pesos for a coke.
I had to pass.
I got a better deal with stickers
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:14 AM   #2031
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I got a better deal with stickers
I didn't notice the 33 1/3 sticker until now. He put it right next La Virgen. You clever fellow. He must not know you too well.

I wish I would have known to look and see if it's still there.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:27 AM   #2032
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I didn't notice the 33 1/3 sticker until now. He put it right next La Virgen. You clever fellow. He must not know you too well.

I wish I would have known to look and see if it's still there.
Remember this one at all, I thought it was nice an inconspiculous

Right at the base of the rock.

Or one more at the lookout trashcan:


They did some improvements with the inlays since me and Lewis where on top a couple years back:


Added more colorful pictures:
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:36 AM   #2033
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Remember this one at all, I thought it was nice an inconspiculous

Right at the base of the rock.
Prices have gone up since you were here. They must have painted over your sticker. It is 2000 to park a moto now. I saved a whole buck and a quarter by walking a mile from the hostal at the base of the rock. You need to get down here and fix the new sign.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:45 AM   #2034
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I know German, French, English and Portuguese. But is the last one Greek? Transylvanian? When I did a google search all I came up with was pogonophobia-fear of beards. (tough phobia for a Catholic I imagine if Jesus scares you.)


Thats in Russian, although person writing that got some problems with replicating Cyrylic letters. should be: добро пожаловать
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:46 AM   #2035
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If you are looking for a long way back to Medellin through some great country on little roads, some of this loop Paul has sent you just head clockwise back to town on the purple from Guatape, this is good stuff.


Waypoints if you want them...
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The Portuguese wording is also wrong, should be Bem-vindo!

Great photos as usual Juan Viajero! Thanks for making my office lunch time pleasant
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:05 AM   #2037
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Hello 'Juan Represa'. Great report!

A little info (What I call "the useless fact of the day", hehe):
- The name of 'La piedra' is "El Peñón de Guatapé". It's not related to the name of the neighbor town El Peñol. Because of the similitude between the words "Peñón" and "Peñol", some people use to mistakenly refer to the big rock as "Piedra del Peñol".
- The man purse used by the man in the statue is called "carriel". This name is often believed to be a spanish adaptation of the expression "carry all". It's widely used by male inhabitants and farmers from small towns around the "paisa" regions in Colombia, such as the states of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.

Still tuned to this adventure. Cheers!
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Hello 'Juan Represa'. Great report!

A little info (What I call "the useless fact of the day", hehe):
- The name of 'La piedra' is "El Peñón de Guatapé". It's not related to the name of the neighbor town El Peñol. Because of the similitude between the words "Peñón" and "Peñol", some people use to mistakenly refer to the big rock as "Piedra del Peñol".
- The man purse used by the man in the statue is called "carriel". This name is often believed to be a spanish adaptation of the expression "carry all". It's widely used by male inhabitants and farmers from small towns around the "paisa" regions in Colombia, such as the states of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.

Still tuned to this adventure. Cheers!
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:35 AM   #2039
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Hello 'Juan Represa'. Great report!

A little info (What I call "the useless fact of the day", hehe):
- The name of 'La piedra' is "El Peñón de Guatapé". It's not related to the name of the neighbor town El Peñol. Because of the similitude between the words "Peñón" and "Peñol", some people use to mistakenly refer to the big rock as "Piedra del Peñol".
- The man purse used by the man in the statue is called "carriel". This name is often believed to be a spanish adaptation of the expression "carry all". It's widely used by male inhabitants and farmers from small towns around the "paisa" regions in Colombia, such as the states of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.

Still tuned to this adventure. Cheers!
Hi serangelc,

I went back and fixed the spelling. Thanks!

Saludos,
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:48 AM   #2040
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Awesome photos, John. What a terrific view from up there! Perhaps you need a boat to travel along all the inlets and bays.
Speaking of transportation, that old truck is a Studebaker! Wow, they are all rusting away in boneyards here!

Keep up the adventure!
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