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The municipality of Guatapé located 79 km away from the city of Medellín, Antioquia is known as an icon of Colombian tourism, reaching 2 million tourists per year, it is recognized worldwide for its colorful streets, called Zócalos (paintings on the walls), the Peñol Rock and the Guatapé Reservoir, where water sports are practiced. Guatapé does not have a correct urban management, nor with sufficient areas for the concentration and administration of the large number of tourists that this municipality attracts.
To solve this, a private-public association was created to develop the tourist linear park project called “Malecón Turístico de Guatapé”. The project consisted in the development and construction of a Tourist Board with a total length of 460 meters long and 70 meters wide, reaching maximum heights of 10 meters, this has extensive green and commercial areas, restaurants, a central square, sand court and boat dock and access to the reservoir.
The Malecón construction was made using site materials reducing final costs up to 40% compared to traditional alternatives. The construction contemplated the use of a new technology called Geoland, which is a system (geo bags, erosion control blanket, woven geotextiles and innovative fabrics and construction methodologies) to construc hydraulic structures even in flood conditions, and specifically in the project, there was high fluctuations of the water level during the year. In The Façade a HPTRM was installed to give a green and vegetated aspect.
The great advantages of using of Geosynthetics in this project were the reduction in quarry material exploitation, the use of site materials, final cost was lower than traditional solutions, and it was developed in a shorter time than planned.