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Gocta Waterfall (La Catarata Gocta)

Chachapoyas | Amazonas Region, Peru
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Half-Day Tour: Chachapoyas City and Huanca
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Chachapoyas | Amazonas Region, Peru
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Getting to the falls requires a ~5km walk, which is well signposted and easy to follow. It's moderately tough (if you've done Macchu Picchu or similar you'll be fine), but well worth it. The falls themselves are spectacular, and if so inclined you can walk...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Much has been said about it. It's something for sure, to see, but the trail, especially in the rain can take a toll on you. Slippery, muddy, narrow in places in the wet season. Take water. Take a rain cover you can put on and...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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...More

2  Thank Robert C
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...More

Thank Wilhelm O
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...More

Thank Eric v
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....More

1  Thank Michelle J
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...More

Thank Rsmerk02
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...More

2  Thank ffshears
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).

3  Thank NadineStefan16
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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rene g
Without a guide are the signs easy to follow (are there any signs) I will be staying at Gocta Andes resort which is much closer than Chachapollas)? Thanks for your help
7 October 2016|
Response from Franco R |
It's impossible to loss. There is only one way to arrive, you only have to follow straight and don't turn right or left. From the gocta lodge there are 5 km to gocta. It's a beautiful place
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I was there in June of 2007 and it looks like the area has been built up and moved away from the remote life of the locals that I was drawn to during our visit. How many hostels are there now?
12 July 2016|
Response from SwissIrene |
apart from the lodge there are about 5-6 hospedajes (private, local accommodation, not really hostels in the backpacker sense) in the village and several nicer bungalow-type (expensive) lodgings. yes, its becoming more... More