We flew from Santa Marta to the airport outside Medellin and, avoiding the city, went on to Lake Gautape, where we stayed in the simple but delightful Casa Mi Gautape. Views of the Lake and the Rock right outside as were the starts of several delightful walks.
This town has its own form of cemented and painted decorative wall art on the buildings.
We did the 650 steps up the Rock and were rewarded with amazing views of the Lake and its surrounds.
Walking around the town itself was delightful.
A side benefit of climbing up the Rock is that you can work out the route to paddle from Mi Casa Gautape to the dam wall. Which we duly did – 4 hours there and back.