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Gocta Cataracts

Listed under Tallest Waterfalls in Peru.

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At 771 meters (2,530 feet), this is one of the world's tallest waterfalls. Depending on your workings it comes out between third and 16th tallest.

You can hike up to the base of the falls, seeing it rise spectacularly as you do, via a track that takes about 2 hours from the car park - with e hut selling refreshments at the halfway mark. Most people visit ex-Chachapoyas, and you can get a tour leaving from there which includes the transport. Park fees also need to be paid, but it's not a lot. What's really taxing is walking at that altitude if you're not properly acclimatised.

What's particularly interesting about these falls is that, despite them being clearly visible - in all their grandeur - from a local town, they remained unknown to the larger work until 2005! When an 'expedition' was made into them... The reason they'd remained 'unknown' for so long is that locals feared the curse of a blonde mermaid who's said to protect them.

Written by  Hamish Holl.

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