ACTIVITIES

SUNRISE WATCHING THE SUN BATHE THE GOCTA FALLS.
LEAVE, WALK AND BREATHE AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST.
TO ARRIVE AT THE FOOT OF THE WATERFALL.
A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE EVERY DAY.


GOCTA FALLS

The Gocta waterfall, with 771 m, is the third highest in the world. There are different trails to reach it, the most popular one starts in Cocachimba to access its lower part. In the 5.5 km of the trail, we will cross sugar cane crops and its traditional mills, enter a cloud forest, with trees covered with orchids, lichens and mosses.

There are different trails and routes to reach Gocta falls. From San Pablo de Valera you can access the base of the first fall (6.5 Km). You can return to San Pablo or connect with the lower trail to finally reach Cocachimba (16 km in total, high difficulty, about 8 hours).


Classic Route · From S/ 65 – (Rate per person)

Cock of the Rock Route · From S/ 85 – (Rate per person)

Two waterfalls Route  · From S/ 120 – (Rate per person)


Daily departures 8 a.m.

Gocta Lodge – Trail to the waterfall – Arrival to the base of the falls – Return.

5-6 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Medium to high.

Travel range of 5.5 km (11 km round trip), 1.5 to 2.5 hours each way. The Cocachimba Association rents horses to cover 2/3 of the
route (the rest is on foot).

Includes entrance tickets to the waterfalls, guided tour (operated by the Cocachimba Community Association) and snack box.

Boots, rain jacket or poncho, hat, binoculars, sunglasses and sunscreen.


FORTIFIED CITADEL OF KUELAP & MACRO

The fortified citadel of Kuelap is the most important archaeological site in the northern Peruvian Andes. It forms an architectural stone complex characterized by its monumentality, with a large artificial platform seated on the Cerro Barreta, at 3,000 meters above sea level. The platform extends for 600 m and is enclosed by a wall that in some points reaches 10 m in height. In its interior there are circular buildings of the Chachapoya and some rectangular ones of Inca origin.

Over the Utcubamba river we find the archaeological site of Macro. After crossing the river with a cable car, we will visit several circular constructions decorated with stone friezes.


Rate per person · From S/ 200


Scheduled departures: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – 8 a.m.

Gocta Lodge – Utcubamba river valley – Nuevo Tingo/ Cable car – Kuélap – Macro – Gocta Lodge.

8 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Low to medium.

Transportation to the cable car + 20 to 30 minute walk to the fortress (same on the way back).

Transportation, cable car, visit to Kuelap and lunch or box lunch.

Boots or appropriate footwear, rain jacket or poncho, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Pills for motion sickness and / or soroche (we will reach 3,000 masl) for people sensitive to these factors.


KARAJIA SARCOPHAGI AND SAN JOSE MILL

In Karajía we find a group of sarcophagi (human-shaped tombs) representative of the Chachapoya funerary tradition. They are unique for their extraordinary height, up to 2.50 meters, and careful elaboration. They were found in the Karajía ravine in 1985, located on a cliff of difficult access that kept them safe from looters.

The San José stone mill is fed by the waters of the Lucusbamba River through a 500-meter channel. Located in a typical house of Luya, it allows us to see how water power was traditionally used in the Peruvian Andes, in a guided tour in which we recreate the milling experience.


Rate per person · From S/ 200


Scheduled departures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 8 a.m.

Gocta Lodge – Luya – Cohechan – Cruzpata – Karajía Sarcophagi – San Jose Mill – Return.

8 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Low to medium.

Transportation to Cruzpata + hike to Karajía along a 1 km trail (about 2 hours and 2km in total, steep slope). Possibility to rent horses in Cruzpata (not included) + transportation to San Jose Mill and back to Gocta Lodge.

Transportation, entrance fees, guided tour and lunch.

Boots, rain jacket or poncho, hat, binoculars, sunglasses and sunscreen.


REVASH, LEYMEBAMBA AND THE MUSEUM OF MUMMIES

The Revash mausoleums are a necropolis belonging to the Chachapoya culture. They were collective sepulchers that occupy natural caves or excavated in the rocky wall of an imposing ravine. They could be replicas of the houses where the people of the area lived. The mausoleums can be reached through San Bartolo, a town that preserves the traditional construction with log houses or ‘notches’.

The Mummy Museum of Leymebamba was created to house the collection of mummies found in the Laguna de los Cóndores in the nineties, although it is dedicated to the Chachapoya culture and archeology as a whole. It has five rooms, three of archeology, one of ethnography and one of divulgation. The museum collection has 261 mummies and more than 200 funerary goods.


Rate per person · From S/ 250


Departures only in private service.

Gocta – San Bartolo – Revash – Leymebamba – Museum – Return.

10 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Low to Medium (Revash).

Transportation, tour guide, entrance tickets to Revash and Museum, lunch.

Transportation to San Bartolo, from where you walk 30 minutes to the ruins. Then by road to Leymebamba.

Boots, waterproof jacket or poncho, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.


Laguna de Pomacochas y Colibrí cola de espátula

THE SPATULE-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD

The spatuletail hummingbird or marvelous hummingbird (Loddigesia mirabilis) is a medium-sized hummingbird (up to 15 cm) with blue, green and copper colors and a violet crest. Its most outstanding feature is the presence in the male of two long tail feathers that cross each other and end in large blue-violet discs or spatulas, which can move independently. Its tail is twice its height.

Due to the constant loss of its habitat, its small population and limited range, the spatuletail hummingbird is evaluated within the Red List of Threatened Species. This bird is endemic (exclusive) to the Utcubamba River basin and for this reason birdwatchers from all over the world visit us every year.

The Spatule-tailed Hummingbird Refuge is located in the Cajuache Creek, near Gocta Lodge, and in its gardens with flowers and feeders we will be able to observe this and other species of hummingbirds. The Cajuache creek has pools for a refreshing swim on sunny days.


Rate per person · From S/ 200


Departures: Daily, reservations are required due to limited spaces.

Gocta – Cajuache Creek – Spatule-tailed Hummingbird Refuge.

2 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Low.

Entrance fees and guided tour.

We find ourselves in a natural environment, so the presence of this species is not assured, it can be seen more frequently during all months of the year except July, month in which they change their plumage, making it difficult to observe them.

Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket or poncho, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.


CHACHAPOYAS CITY TOUR AND SONCHE CANYON

The city of Chachapoyas, capital of the department of Amazonas and Cultural Patrimony of the Nation, preserves the colonial style in its buildings and streets, with roof tiles and wooden balconies. Strolling through the center is very pleasant, among mansions, churches, convents and cafes where you can taste the excellent cocoa and chocolate of the region.

In the heights of Chachapoyas, near the traditional town of Huancas, known for its pottery, the Sonche river canyon is located, with a depth of 1 kilometer and breathtaking landscapes that can be seen from the panoramic viewpoints.


Rate per person · From S/ 100


 

Departures only in private service.

Gocta Lodge – Chachapoyas – Sonche Canyon – Huancas viewpoint – Chachapoyas center – Return.

6 hours approximately.

Difficulty level: Low to medium.

Transportation, entrance tickets, tour guide and lunch.

Transportation to Chachapoyas + walk to the city´s main square + transportation to Sonche and Huancas, then to the Gocta Lodge.

Boots, waterproof jacket or poncho, hat,sunglasses and sunscreen.


BE SURE TO BRING

Calzado adecuado

Appropriate footwear

Agua

Water

Repelente

Repellent

Protección para la lluvia

Rain protection

Protección solar

Sun Protection


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