In the Colombian department of Antioquia between the towns of Guatapé and El Peñol there is an enormous monolith which is called the El Peñón de Guatapé. It is also called the Rock of Guatapé or the Rock of Peñol – depending on which town the speaker is from. The monolith stands out in the landscape surrounded mostly be grassy plains and lakes, which explains why the locals have long viewed this feature as something special and mysterious.
The clearest example of this is that 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.
View of El Peñol in Guatape, Colombia. (Bianca /Adobe Stock)