In an otherworldly land of rolling hills & freshwater lakes lies a giant rock known simply as La Piedra, or The Stone.

657ft high at a maximum elevation of 7,005ft, it is composed of everyday rock with traces of granite, quartz and feldspar.

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La Piedra was first climbed in 1954 by 3 local men using sticks fixed against the rock’s walls. It took them 5 days. These days, climbing to the top via the built-in stairway can take less than 10 mins.

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The views all the way up the 649 steps are spectacular, so for photo freaks like me & my friends, it took a lot longer.

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I never expected to see scenery like this anywhere on Earth, let alone in Columbia.

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La Piedra is surrounded by the waters of the river Nare, believed to be the product of a volcanic eruption, though also partly created by the construction of a hydroelectric dam that provides 30% of Colombia’s electricity supply.

With a network of roads linking people & homes around the islands and to the ‘mainland’, it’s very much a livable community. There is paradise on Earth, and some get to called it home.

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3 Shovels

Accessible DIY travel to more distant locations via multiple connections or longer forms of public transport

Continue reading Part 2 of this amazing day trip from Medellin: Guatape, The Most Colourful City In The World

22 October 2013