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. 

  • 2018 prices start from £349 / $US 490 p/p for 3 nights. 

Making use of LATAM flights between Lima and Jaen - a four hour drive from Cocachimba - this is a great, new way to experience the best of Amazonas, in a relatively short time frame.  

The standard tour is four days, incorporating visits to the fortified city of Kuelap and the beautiful Gocta Falls. The itinerary can be extended to include a visit to Revash and the Leymebamba Museum and/or the sarcophagi at Karajia.

All programmes include accommodation, meals (4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 4 x dinner) and guided visits. 

2018 Rates per person (based on double occupancy in standard rooms): 

  • 4 Days: from £349 / $490

  • 5 Days: from £495 / $644

  • 6 Days: from £618 / $797

Kuelap & Gocta Waterfall Itinerary: 

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 Tingo. Here we begin to ascend, through traditional Andean villages, to Kuelap Fortress, located at an altitude of 3,000m (9,842ft).

Guided visit of Kuelap archaeological site, followed by lunch in the village of Maria (or a picnic lunch).

In the afternoon, we make the scenic, two-hour return drive to our accommodation. 

Dinner & Overnight at Gocta Lodge, or similar.

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.

What our clients say about the Kuelap & Gocta Express:

In summary, the trip exceeded our expectations. Three factors - our guide Ronald, the overall level of service, and the landscapes - natural and cultural - accounted for our satisfaction.

... We would (and have) recommend the trip to anyone who had the time and the stamina!
— Andrew & Maureen Wallach - Cusco, Peru & USA
We were both very happy with the trip we had chosen ... we felt like it was very well organized and we knew exactly what we needed to bring and do.

The excursions were very good. We had a very kind guide that showed us around and listened to our needs.

The walk to Gocta waterfall was amazing and definitely my highlight.
— Lobke de la Ruelle & Jimena Delgado - Maastricht, Netherlands & Burgos, Spain