The Rock Of Guatape! Gibraltar! “Stairway To Heaven!” #TravelBlogTuesday Has The World’s Wildest Climbs – Straight Up!

Imagine The View From The Top Of That Rock!

That looks like it would be a pretty cool view from the top of a very large rock!

It’s all part of #TravelBlogTuesday – a chance to join other travel fans to let our minds wander as we fight #Wanderlust…there are so many incredible places to see that I can’t wait to travel again!

Now, about this rock – here’s how you get to the top of it!

Who’s Up For This Climb?

Yep, that a REALLY BIG ROCK – and those are STAIRS you can use to climb it! Need more proof?

Step Right Up To The Rock Of Guatape!

Time to head to the small towns of Guatape and El Penol – because this giant rock sits right between them! It is also called the Rock of Peñol – it all depends on which town you are from – for the sake of simplicity – it’s Guatape going forward!

As a website explains:

The monolith stands out in the landscape surrounded mostly be grassy plains and lakes. The stone was worshiped by the Tahamies who lived in the area before the arrival of the Spaniards. It is uncertain what the rock is, or how it formed, but it is very smooth and most likely part of a granitic pluton that was uplifted during the formation of the Cordillera Occidental mountain range in Colombia.

The rock is 656 feet high, and is about 70 million years old.

The stone was worshiped by the Tahamies who lived in the area before the arrival of the Spaniards.

As you can see, the view is worth the climb!

Here’s another view worth going up for:

Just keep an eye out for the Monkeys! I’d love to go to Portugal, and then head to Gibraltar to see this up close – an incredible natural wonder:

The Rock Of Gibraltar is one of the “Pillars Of Hercules”, which stand at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. Monkeys live at the top of the rock, and it also has a massive series of caves and tunnels inside as well:

I’d love to see this up close, and it’s on my #wanderlust list – you can get more details of what this giant rock has to offer by clicking on my story here:


https://johnrieber.com/2019/10/22/stand-atop-the-rock-of-gibraltar-who-knew-there-were-monkeys-my-wanderlust-to-climb-the-pillars-of-hercules/

And what about the legendary “stairway to heaven” in Hawaii:

It’s been closed off, but can you imagine getting some selfies from up here?

You can find out why it’s illegal by clicking on my story here:


https://johnrieber.com/2016/07/15/hawaiis-amazing-stairway-to-heaven-incredible-and-illegal-hiking-trail/

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15 replies

  1. These are two spectacular wonders of the world. Wow! Thanks so much for the virtual tour, John.

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  2. Incredible! It’s pretty good to be John Rieber. I thought for sure I’d find Robert Plant and Stairway to Heaven at the bottom of your post. I guess that would have been too obvious. Oh well, I find it on YouTube right now.

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  3. I’m always ambitious to climb something like this and then I regret it. Usually on the way down. I’m hoping I get the chance to climb Guatape in the future!!! Fingers crossed someone helps me down.

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  4. Wow, I literally got woozy just looking at these pictures-but they are stunning

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  5. Imagine if you tripped on the way down and sent everyone in front of you tumbling!

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  6. I remember your previous post about the Rock of Gibraltar, John. I would also love to visit it, although the stairway looks like a really tough climb.

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  7. This is amazing! I don’t know if I’ll be able to muster up the courage to go up the first one though!

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  8. What a great post. I will find and climb the Rock Of Guatape! Thanks for increasing the length of my bucket list.

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  9. I would be ready for all of those, John. I might need to stop and rest on the way up those stairs though. I’m getting on a bit! 🙂
    Best wishes, pete.

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    • Pete, my wife and I just hiked up a 600-ft high mountain in Malibu…a switchback trail straight up…views at the top were incredible…will be sharing soon! Agree a few of these are NOT meant to be done without a stop or two! Thanks for commenting and sharing!

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