Visiting Gocta Waterfall, which is arguably the world's 3rd tallest at 771 meters (2,530 feet), is an easy day trip from Chachapoyas.
For $18, you can join a tour that includes roundtrip transportation in a minivan. The park entrance fee is another $2, and a fresh trucha (trout) lunch will run $3.50.
The hike from the drop-off point to the base of the waterfall takes an average of 2 hours, and there's a house with water and snacks for sale at the halfway point.
While it can seem like an easy hike, the altitude can slow you down if you haven't had a few nights to acclimatize in Chachapoyas (Elev: 2,300 meters) first.
The volume of water coming over the falls varies greatly based on the time of year.
I visited in October, before the start of the rainy season, so the water that was falling looked more like a cloud of mist than a heavy torrent.
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Friday 2nd of May 2014
We visited in April towards the end of the rainy season, so the water was tumbling down in huge quantities. However it also rained for the entire duration of our hike so we were seeing new waterfalls on the hike back that weren't there on the hike to Gocta! Totally incredible sight :-)
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Monday 12th of December 2011
Wow is that beautiful or what!?