The waterfalls of Gocta, in Northern Peru, fall from an impressive 771 m height down on two levels. Therefore, they are between the highest waterfalls in the world.
They had been discovered in 2002 by the German Stefan Ziemendorff, while he was looking for sarcophagi in Amazonas. Stefan is a researcher and an expert in mummies. Besides, he has released several articles on the relation between the mummies of the Chachapoyan culture and the paintings of Gauguin or Munch.
The locals from Cocachimba were not aware of the importance of the waterfalls just in their backyard. But since the discovery and measures of Gocta, the waterfalls became one of the main tourist attractions of the region.
To do the hiking to the waterfalls of Gocta, you will first drive about 1 hour from Chachapoyas, the capital city of the region Amazonas. You’ll have the choice to go to :
Each hike takes about 2 and a half hours to go to Gocta. The locals are happy to rent you horses or to be your guide. Both villages have simple housing and good rural restaurants.
To reach the waterfalls of Gocta, you will hike through the cloudforest. The vegetation there is just unique. You might have the possibility to see the Spatuletail Hummingbird that only exists in Amazonas ; or the famous Gallito de las Rocas, as well so typical for the region.
In regards to the fauna, you won’t be disappointed : orchids, bromeliads and many other flowers and exotic plants are just on the side of the way.
The total hike (both ways) takes around five hours and you can see up to 22 waterfalls on the way. It is even more impressive during the rainy season.