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Gocta waterfall and Kuelap

5 days / 4 nights

On March 22, 2006 German explorer Stefan Ziemendorff reports he has found the third highest waterfall in the world located in the isolated northern jungle near Chachapoyas. In a two hours trek you can see a pristine cloud forest jungle. Passion fruit vines in the canopy have year around fruit that sustains a colony of monkeys and varieties of birds feeding on this fruit. You can see a variety of medical plants, hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys, and butterflies. The height of 771 meters is thought to be relatively accurate, though Ziemendorff suspects the true figure could be within 13 meters in either direction. The falls has a regular to high volume of flow becoming an immensely powerful waterfall during the rainy season. However unlike other world class waterfalls, it doesn't dry up in the dry season.


Day 1: Lima–Tarapoto–MoyobambaGocta fall

Flight to Tarapoto airport and if time allows we will visit Lamas, located at only 22 km from Tarapoto City. The Lamistas are descendants of the Chancas who defeated by the Incas when trying to invade Cusco, fled to the jungle for shelter. Lamistas still maintain their traditions and Quechua language. Night in beautiful 3 star jungle hotel in Moyobamba. (L, D)

Gocta fallDay 2: Moyobamba–Pomacochas

Visit thermal bath in the morning and an orchid display. On the way to Pomacochas we will see jungle complex with variety of animals from the area and have a typical lunch in a jungle setting. We will spend the night in a 3 star hotel in a beautiful lake. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Pomacochas–Gocta–Chachapoyas

Private transportation to within two hours hike to El Mirador where you can observe the Gocta waterfall. During the hike you will be able to observe variety of hummingbirds, toucans, birds, flowers, monkeys and other species from the region. Night in Chachapoyas colonial mansion 3 star Hostel. (B, L, D)Fortress Kuelap, Chachapoyas

Day 4: Chachapoyas–Kuelap–Chachapoyas

We will spend the day at Fortress Kuelap known as "the Machu Picchu of the North". Kuelap has over 400 buildings inside 3 levels of walls, and is the largest stone structure in all South America. Orchids and bromeliads cover the walls and trees inside this fortress. On the way to Chachapoyas we will observe the platforms of Macro located on a cliff overlooking the Utcubamba River. Overnight in beautiful Colonial Mansion, 3 star hostel. (B, BL, D)

Day 5: Chachapoyas–Chiclayo–Lima

Early departure to Chiclayo and transfer to airport for your evening flight to Lima. (B, BL)