The Rock of Guatape

Samuel Reason | April 20th, 2019

In the Colombian department of Antioquia lodged between the towns of Guatape and El Penol you will find an enormous boulder known as The Rock Of Guatape. Or if you are from Penol, then you may refer to it as the Rock of Penol – just depends on which town you are from.

i0.wp.com

It stands out towering above the grassy plains and lakes, it has always been a mysterious place that has immense cultural value and heritage. The Tahamies who lived in the area before the arrival of the Spaniards used to worship the rock. And even today, scientists are unsure how the rock was formed or where it has come from. It is very smooth which is why most believe it rose up out of the ground during the forming of what today is the Cordillera Occidental mountain range in Colombia.

The rock is over 650 feet or 200 meters tall and is made up a mix of minerals such as quartz, feldspar, and mica. It is estimated to weigh over 10 million tons and that the boulder is over 70 million years old. Which means are certain points this rock would have been underwater when for example Colombia was submerged during the Mesozoic Era.

It has held significant importance over the years in the local culture, it was worshipped by the Tahamies which was a South American agricultural tribe that had chieftains. It is not really known what the Tahamies believed the rock was or why they thought it was divine, but they definitely were impressed by its grandeur. It may be that since there is nothing like the rock in the region, they could have thought it had an otherworldly origin.

In 1954, the rock was scaled by two friends who made it to the top by using wooden planks that they kept moving and inserting into the cracks of the rock formations. Later a whole series of stairs was added, to allow people to climb to the top of the rock without needing specialized equipment.

Today the journey is a popular tourist attraction allowing you to have a bird’s eye view of the region, that is of course if you are able to walk up the 656 steps.

Next Article
  • The Strange Saga Of The Odd Father

    You may think that a mafia mob boss could show no fear and never show a sign of weakness. And also you would have assumed they had to be very secretive and operate with care, as surely any known mafia mob boss would be stopped by the relevant authorities. That...

    Read More
  • A Patch Of Snow That Has Nearly Never Melted

    In Britain’s highest mountain, a patch of snow exists that has a nickname. You may wonder why a patch of snow might garner such affection but the story is that it has only ever melted seven times in the last 300 years. Known as the Sphinx, this patch of snow...

    Read More
  • Ten Thousand Dollars For A Piece Of The First Space Station

    Known as Skylab, the first space station was designed as a complete workshop for scientific research while in orbit. During its time circling Earth in space things such as the effects of weightlessness on the human body were studied. The project represented so much in terms of advancing deep space...

    Read More
  • Ancient India’s Visha Kanyas Were True Femme Fatales

    In a modern age of technology where so many people prefer to bang their keyboards as an act of online war, there once was an ancient time where rulers used much more subtle ways to defeat their enemies. In ancient India for example, Kings would have at their disposal a whole army of seductive visha...

    Read More
  • Captain Blackbeard Was Actually A Real Life Terminator

    The infamous Captain Blackbeard that has sparked so many stories, TV series and films over the years is an extremely iconic figure in the world of pirates. Most likely the best-known pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy, which happened from the late 1600s to the mid-1720s. Although his true pirating career only did last...

    Read More
  • The Maori Use Fungus For Tattoos

    As we are sure you have seen the pacific islanders have an intensive cultural and ancestry of face and body tattoos. And this is something that has been an integral part of their culture for generations, of course, you may ask how in the world did they create ink for the use of tattoos. Well,...

    Read More
  • The High Tech Toilet That Sank A Military Submarine

    During World War II, countries across the world were making strides and improvements when it came to military equipment. And nothing was more advanced than submarines. The German Type VIIC submarine, for example, was considered to be one of the most advanced hunters of the seas during its era. And...

    Read More
  • The 2,000 Year Old Fast Food Joints Of Pompeii

    Similar to the modern man and woman, it appears the Romans of Pompei did indeed love fast food. Not every night do you have the time to cook up an exquisite taste of ancient Italian food with wine. Archeologists have found proof in the ruins of Pompeii that many a snack bar or fast food...

    Read More