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Gocta Waterfall (La Catarata Gocta)

#31 of 1,226 things to do in Peru
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Address: Chachapoyas | Amazonas Region, Peru
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Strengthening but amazing

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Eric v
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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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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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Austin, Texas
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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 

1 Thank mgctda
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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