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Gocta Waterfall (La Catarata Gocta)

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Address: Chachapoyas | Amazonas Region, Peru
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Impressive waterfall and how to get there by Public treansport

This is a relatively newly "discovered" waterfall (locals always knew about it) that is 1 of the biggest waterfalls in the world depending exactly how you define it. I didn't do a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Robert C
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a relatively newly "discovered" waterfall (locals always knew about it) that is 1 of the biggest waterfalls in the world depending exactly how you define it. I didn't do a tour and just used public transport. You can find a shuttle for around 5 soles that takes about 45 minutes. This leads you to a side road (the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I was really pleased with this waterfall, and well worth the money. I also think this is a relatively cheap attraction to visit, compared to i.e more touristy areas of Peru. The hike is quite far and tough, so you better take a horse if you are not a hiker I think. The guy who rented us the horses did... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This whole day tour is very strengthening because you have to walk uphill for 5,5 kilometer, with some stops for nice views on the Andes mountains. Which is so beautiful. But when we reached to purpose the waterfall it was like wow!!! You could almost walk to the foot of the waterfall becoming soking wet but it was worth it.... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

5km hike there and back on the tour from town. No guide is needed. Hike back is all uphill between km 3 and 2. Bring lots of water but there are a few snack stops on the way. Running shoes are fine for the hike. You only see the bottom half of the falls when you get to the site,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Even on horseback, this adventurous trip takes more than an hour. Then you ascend further cliffs and stairs on foot. The falls are breathtaking! The distance below your feet is treacherous. The locals providing the horses lead you the entire way--making the trip even more memorable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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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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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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