Kuelap & Gocta Express Itineraries
Four-day snapshot of Amazonas, including Kuelap & Gocta Falls.
Begins and ends at Jaen airport in Department of Cajamarca.
Private transport, English-speaking guides, all meals and best accommodation in the region.
Day 1: Transfer from Jaen to Cocachimba. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Day 2: Gocta Falls. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Day 3: Kuelap. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Day 4: Transfer to Jaen
OPTIONAL Extra Day: Leymebamba & Revash. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
OPTIONAL Extra Day: Karajia & Chachapoyas. Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
Below prices are per person, based on double occupancy, in standard rooms, with all meals.
|3 Days||£378 / $483|
|Gocta or Kuelap||4 Days||£417 / $534|
|Gocta & Kuelap||5 Days||£533 / $682|
|Gocta, Kuelap & Leymebamba||6 Days||£650 / $831|
NB. The order of excursions may vary, according to the days of operation.
Day 1 - Jaen: Arrival & Drive to Gocta (D)
We welcome you at Jaen airport (or your hotel) and then make the 175 km (109 mile) transfer to Cocachimba, a journey of roughly 3 hours.
We hope to arrive at our accommodation in good time to enjoy the sunset in front of Gocta Falls, one of the highest cascades in the world, in the heart of the Peruvian northern Andes.
Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Andes Lodge, or similar.
Day 2 - Hike to Gocta Waterfall (B,L,D)
From Gocta Lodge there is an amazing view of the falls, but the trail leading to them is even more breathtaking. It is a two hour hike (each way), passing through Andean orchards and lush forest full of bromeliads and orchids.
NB. There is the option to do this trail on horseback (at a small extra cost).
Lunch at the lodge, followed by a free afternoon to rest, relax in the pool, or explore the local village of Cocachimba.
Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge, or similar.
Day 3 - Kuelap (B,L,D)
After breakfast we start driving along the Utcubamba valley, between bromeliads and cacti, towards Nuevo Tingo.
Here we take the newly-built cable car to Kuelap Fortress, located at an altitude of 3,000m (9,842ft).
Guided visit of Kuelap archaeological site, followed by lunch back in the village of Nuevo Tingo (or a picnic lunch).
In the afternoon, we make the scenic, two-hour return drive to our accommodation.
Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
NB. The cable car does not operate on Mondays.
Day 4 - Gocta - Jaen (B)
Breakfast and departure in private vehicle back towards the lowlands.
The road to Jaen follows the route of the Utcubamba River, as it winds its way to the larger Marañon River, a tributary of the mighty Amazon.
Arrival at Jaen airport, in time to check in for flight to Lima.
End of tour.
If wanting to spend longer in the Chachapoyas region, here are the days that can be added:
Additional Day 1: Leymebamba: Chachapoya Mummies (B,L,D)
Breakfast and departure towards the high Utcubamba valley.
We take a detour off the road to Leymebamba to drive to the village of San Bartolo. From here it is a half-hour hike to get to Revash Mausoleums, involving a half-hour hike.
NB. On Sundays, we include a stop at Yerbabuena Market, the largest in the whole region, and yet little-visited by tourists.
Back on the road again, we arrive at Leymebamba for lunch, and an afternoon visit to the Mummies Museum.
Return to Gocta Lodge for dinner & overnight.
Additional Day 2: Karajia: Sarcophagi (B,L,D)
Breakfast and tour to Luya Valley. We begin by driving to the village of Cruzpata. The latter stages of this drive are on unpaved road.
From Cruzpata, it is a downhill hike of about half an hour to reach the viewpoint for the Karajia sarcophagi. Chachapoya culture was the only one in the Americas to build sarcophagi for burials, which are located on massive cliffs, often carved and decorated.
NB. Horses can be rented for the journey from or to Cruzpata.
In the afternoon we visit the Colonial capital of the region, Chachapoyas.
Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge.
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