Climbing The Rock Of Guatape! Scaling “Angel’s Landing”! A Wild “Stairway To Heaven!” The World’s Wildest Hikes – 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! And what a climb as well!

Imagine This View!

I am sharing some of the world’s most fascinating climbs for this #WanderlustWednesday so why not start at Guatape – here’s how you get to the top of it!

Time To Head To Colombia!

Yep, this REALLY BIG ROCK is worth a climb, but you have to g3t there first – and so there is no misunderstanding: 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! 

And speaking of views worth climbing for:

Welcome To The Top Of “Angels Landing!”

My wife Alex took this shot – from a spot that’s more than 1,700 feet virtually straight up!

Alex is pointing out where we are headed – and let me tell you, it’s one of America’s most dangerous hikes!

Which one of us made it to the top – and who stopped 150 feet below?

Click here but here’s a clue: that’s my wife’s hand looking out from the top!

And remember when my wife and I found ourselves on top of this?

Sure it’s a perfect backdrop for photo shoots on Santorini, but we climbed it!

Click here to see just how difficult it was!

Here’s another view worth going up for: one of the world’s most famous “rocks!”

Hanging Out Atop The “Rock” Of Gibraltar!

Just keep an eye out for the Monkeys! I’d love to go 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:

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

Yes, this is a real hiking path with a legendary name – that looks wild!

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

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

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10 replies

  1. Wow! This boggles the mind. I wonder how long it takes to climb those millions of stairs. Yup, it’s worth it. Great post, John!

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  2. Not that long ago, I would have been eager to climb those stairs to the top of the rock. But now a few weeks off the age of 71, I think I will have to give it a miss! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Not good for folks with an issue with heights, but amazing views! Great pictures.

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