The Gocta Waterfall, a perennial waterfall with two drops, has been known for centuries to the local residents in Peru's province ofChachapoyas in Amazonas, which is approximately 700 kilometres (430 mi) to the north-east of Lima and flows into the Cocahuayco river. Its existence was made public following an expedition made in 2005 by a German, Stefan Ziemendorff, with a group of Peruvian explorers. At the time of his discovery he successfully persuaded the Peruvian government to map the falls and to measure their height. On 11 March 2006, following his third expedition to the falls, he held a press conference, the contents of which were published by several of the world's wire services. He stated that the total height was accurately measured at 771 metres (2,530 ft), although this was apparently based on outdated and incomplete information gleaned from the National Geographic Society, which ranked Gocta as the third tallest free-leaping waterfall in the world after Angel Falls in Venezuela and Tugela Falls in South Africa.
This waterfall has been known by locals for decades, but only recently has its existence emerged as common knowledge. Stefan Ziemendorff is thought to be responsible for bringing the falls to the attention of the Peruvian government in 2002, and further participated in documenting, constructing a trail to and measuring the falls. The measured 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 exhibit a modest to high volume of flow, becoming an immensely powerful cataract when its stream is full. In March of 2006, a film crew visited the falls, providing the first live footage of the waterfall (see fourth link below).
The falls appear to exhibit a modest to high volume of flow, becoming an immensely powerful cataract when its stream is full. Some months ago Gocta was announced as the third tallest and according the list of waterfalls released by a Waterfall database,Gocta is the 14 tallest waterfall in the world.
Day 01: LIMA - CHICLAYO (SIPAN)
Transfer Inn Airport to Hotel in Chiclayo , Private tour Sipan Lambayeque.
Our trip to the Huaca necropolis is an impressive funeral site from the Mochica culture, which was recently uncovered. It has several impressive tombs, such as the Lord of Sipan (3rd and 5th Centuries). These archeological ruins are well-known for their elaborate gold pieces, which include semi-precious stones. This site was discovered by a Peruvian archeological team directed by Dr. Walter Alva in the 1980s. During our trip to Chiclayo you will also get acquainted with the medicinal herbs used by local Shamans. We will spend the night at Grand Hotel Chiclayo ****. (B+L)
Day 02: CHICLAYO - CHACHAPOYAS
In the morning you will depart from Chiclayo by Private van or minibus. You will cross 4 different Peruvian regions: Lambayeque, south Piura, the North of Cajamarca and end in Amazonas, starting in the coast and arriving in the late afternoon in the cloud forest of Chachapoyas. The trip is spectacular going through different ecological landscapes . Overnight Chillo lodge at Tingo. (B+L+D)
Day 03: KUELAP FORTRESS- CHACHAPOYAS
After breakfast you will visit Kuelap, a spectacular pre-Inca walled city hidden atop a precipitous mountain. Although Kuelap was discovered 60 years before Machu Picchu, it is not as well-known to the outside world. Nevertheless recent amazing discoveries in nearby areas that relate to Kuelap and to its history have captured the attention of archaeologists, international magazines and film companies. Following your visit to Kuelap we drive back to spend a night at Chillo Lodge. (B+L+D)
Day 04: CHACHAPOYAS – GOCTA
Morning trip to Cocachimba a sleepy town at the end of the road ,where we start a 2.5 hour hike to the Gocta Waterfall. Gocta is the third highest waterfall in the world and is surrounded by high tropical cloud forest, there are good chances to run into monkeys and the Peruvian bird cock of the rock.
Now strangely it is Gocta which has caught the imagination of travellers and we are seeing an increase in tourism due to Gocta and not Kuelap - which is unique in every possible way. When you walk close to the tallest drop it is an awesome experience - the spray blasts you as so much air is pummelled down in bottom of the amphitheater, which encloses the fall. Add to that there is a great section of forest along the way with chances of seeing the endemic yellow-tailed woolly monkey, which only exists in northern-eastern Peru and you have a great day out. Drive to Chachapoyas, overnight at the Hotel Casa Vieja . (B+L)
Day 05: CHACHAPOYAS - CHICLAYO - LIMA
Private transportation from Chachapoyas to Chiclayo , about a 7 hour drive ,then an evening flight from Chiclayo to Lima , transfer to your hotel o to a connecting flight back home. (B+L)
- All the transfers in Chiclayo
- 1 nights at a 4 star hotel in Chiclayo
- 1 night at a 3 star hotel in Chachapoyas
- 2 night at Chillo Lodge in cahachapoyas
- Professional English speaking guide
- Private Transportations Chiclayo/Chachapoyas/Chiclayo
- Tours in Kuelap, Gocta Box Lunch
- Tour Señor de Sipan
- Entrance ticket to all the touristic Places
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International or Local Airfare
- Meals while in the cities
- Personal equipment
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• From 8 to 16 participants U.S.$ 797.00 each
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