I originally read that Guatapé, a two hour trip outside of Medellin, was busy and crowded on weekends, and so, not being a fan of crowds, planned to visit on a Monday as a daytrip. But some things in our Medellin schedule had to get rearranged, and so we had to change our daytrip to fall on a Sunday. It turns out this was the best decision that could have happened – the vibe of Guatapé on a Sunday was one of my most fun days in Colombia.
It doesn’t have a UNESCO-certified historical centre, a recognizable tourist attraction, or a particularly happy recent history. Nonetheless, Medellin, home of the proud “paisas” of Colombia’s Antioquia province, is one of the most interesting cities I have ever visited.