Gocta Falls

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View from the mirador

View from the mirador

Joost Schouppe

The 770 meters high Gocta Falls in the world will not fail to impress you. The easiest way to get there is with an organized tour: they put you in a minibus or a taxi to the village where the walk starts. In the village a local guide will be arranged for you (obligatory), to take you along the jungle trail to the waterfall. They provide rubber boots when there is a lot of mud. The standard trip is first to a viewpoint (2 hours), then about an hour more to the base of the upper fall. The walk back takes less time as it's slightly downhill. Back in the village they'll prepare you a typical meal (i.e. fried rabbit).

Other options: take a taxi to the village, and arrange a local guide there. There is also another walk from another village, which takes you to the base of the second waterfall. This walk takes about 5 hours one way.

When to visit: in the dry season the walk is easier, but the falls slightly less impressive. If you go just after strong rainfall, the area will be filled with dozens of other small falls.

February 19, 2007 new by joosts (2 points)

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