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Hike to Gocta Falls

Gocta Falls

Climb through stunning scenery and spot wildlife on your way to Peru's third tallest waterfall, hidden away in a remote location.

Just a decade ago, the only people who knew about this monumental waterfall were the locals who lived within view of its plummeting vertical flume. So recent is Gocta's discovery by the outside world that it has yet to be accurately measured, but estimates suggest that at 771m it may be the third tallest in Peru.

For now at least, Gocta still feels like a well-guarded secret, and to reach the base of the falls you’ll have to blaze a trail through the remote surroundings. It's a relatively tough 5-hour trek through stunning cloud-forest, populated by woolly monkeys, mountain sloths and the rare, fire-engine-red cock of the rock. As you finally emerge from a ravine, you are confronted by an unforgettable scene as the powerful cascade crashes from the top of a magnificent natural amphitheatre mantled in lush greenery.

 

Activity Rating: easy

Peru
Northern Peru

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Real Latin America Experts

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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