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Gocta Waterfall (La Catarata Gocta)

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Address: Chachapoyas | Amazonas Region, Peru
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US$74.00*
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Gocta Waterfalls Full-Day Experience from Chachapoyas
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US$30.80*
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Half-Day Tour: Chachapoyas City and Huanca

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Hike is ~9km round trip (same path for egress (not a loop trail)). There is great deal of up down up down on the trail (not like most trails where its mostly up one way and down... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hike is ~9km round trip (same path for egress (not a loop trail)). There is great deal of up down up down on the trail (not like most trails where its mostly up one way and down the return). Trail is well maintained. There are some dropoff edges along trail = be attentive and supervise children. There was a place... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Amazing views, not only of the impressing waterfall. You can do the tour easily by yourself (without a guide). If you want to do the loop, start early, it will take you about 7-8 hours of hiking (incl. some breaks).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I made this trip yesterday to both the upper and lower falls, walking thru the highlands to get there was taxing, but I could have rented a horse. The falls are beautiful, I was disappointed that the mermaid didn't show up!

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Thank CFEIII
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We flew into Tarapoto (about one hour flight from Lima) and drove through Moyobamba (small city -for overnight I recommend "La casa de mi Sueno") to the little town of Cocachimba. About six hours by car if made without stops. We stopped at a beautiful lake, ate at a restaurant that is part of a trout fish farm. (Great variety... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Much better than what I was expecting. Up there with Machu Picchu. Just magic. We took a horse on the way back. Glad we did that. Where good tread boots, it rains alot and get slippery.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I t's a 3hour each way walk from the nearest village to visit the waterfall. The walk is through some beautiful countryside with fabulous views and then the treat of Gocta itself when you get there.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Sure, this is a relatively popular site -- go there and you'll see why! Pretty vegetation along the way. I recommend getting close-in at the falls so you get to feel the the strong spray of falling water.

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to Iguazu but in a different way this is just as impressive with stunning views especially from the second level. The walk to the base is a good stretch and quite an uphill return. View at the base is pretty awesome looking up to the 500m drop. We had to turn back on our walk back because... More 

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Even with the long walk, this is place you must visit! I did the two section on the same day, the views and water are great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I loved visiting Gocta - it's a challenging hike from San Pablo to the top waterfall, and even more challenging down through the jungle to access the lower part of the waterfall, and then hiking back to Cocachimba (90min). But all the effort gets rewarded with unparalleled views of the world's 3rd highest waterfall (after Angel Falls and Iguassu). The... More 

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