Gocta Falls, Peru

These fabulous falls in Peru’s Northern Highlands drop an astounding 2,530 ft (770 m) in two tiers. They were only “discovered” a few years ago, and until planned access roads are completed, you’ll need to complete a 5-hour trek through dense jungle to reach them.

But that trip itself, radiant with colorful birds and chattering monkeys, is worth the effort.

Tourism Gocta Falls, Peru
Tourism Gocta Falls, Peru

Gocta (Spanish: Catarata del Gocta) is a perennial waterfall with two drops located in Peru’s province of Bongara in Amazonas, approximately 771 kilometres (479 mi) to the northeast of Lima. It flows into the Cocahuayco River. Although the waterfall had been well known to locals for centuries (it is in full view of a nearby village), its existence was not made known to the world until after an expedition made in 2002 by a German, Stefan Ziemendorff, with a group of Peruvian explorers. The waterfall, which can be seen from several kilometers away, has been christened Gocta Falls, after the name of the nearest settlement. Wikipedia

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