If you decide to visit Guatape and San Rafael, you may also want to consider adding San Carlos, in the Antioquia department, to your itinerary in Colombia. The city has nothing special to offer, although the main square is a nice place to have a beer or coffee and rest in the shade of giant trees.
However, the surrounding area offers many outdoor activities. As in San Rafael, there are incredible rivers and waterfalls accessible without a guide such as La Viejita and Los patios.
There are also playful and varied canyoning routes and pleasant hikes such as the Piedra Del tabor, the most famous one in the area.
Getting to San Carlos?
From Medellin to San Carlos:
- A few direct buses per day. Schedule. You have to leave from the North Terminal. | Transoriente & Coornote |4 – 5 hours
From San Rafael to San Carlos:
- There are only 2 buses per day.
- Bus company Transoriente from the main square | 7h15 am | 1 h
- Bus Company Sotra San Vincente from the main square |9h30 am | 1h
- Schedules may vary. Double-check with your hotel.
Where's the terminal?
The de San Carlos terminal is a 5min walk from the main square.