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Waterfalls in South America

The falls offer one of the most wonderful shows in the world. Many tourists have been fortunate to witness these waterfalls in different destinations and only in Peru two of these natural treasures are among the five highest on the planet.

Venezuela is the country that hosts the highest waterfall in the world thanks to the 979 meters fall of the Angel Falls. Peru has the second, third and fourth highest waterfalls in the world, all located in the department of Amazonas. Gocta, Tres hermanas and Yumbilla are these beautiful waterfalls over 700 meters high.

Our privileged country, Peru, has natural wonders that occupy important seats in the world rankings, proof of this is that 3 of the 5 highest waterfalls in the world are in Peru, specifically in the Departments of Junín and Amazonas.

To travel to know Gocta and Yumbilla, you can travel to Chachapoyas by air or land, from there travel to the nearest towns.


Three Sisters Waterfall

914 meters. It is the third highest cataract in the world and the largest waterfall in Perú, considering all its sections. It is located in the heart of Asháninka territory in the Vilcambamba mountain range in Junín, within the Asháninka Communal Reserve. There is little information about the area. Its flow is approximately 1 m3 / s. Las Tres Hermanas Waterfalls fall into the wonderful atmosphere of the South American rainforest. Some trees in the vicinity reach a height of 30 meters. Under the Three Sisters Falls there is a small lake, which reaches depth up to 4 meters. During the trip to the Three Sisters Falls, tourists can admire many tropical plants and a wide variety of animals.


Yumbilla Waterfall

896 meters. It is the fifth highest cataract in the world. It is located in the Amazon region. and you have to walk approximately 2.5km (one way) from Cuispes, a village located 25 minutes from Pedro Ruiz Gallo. Signaling on the road has not yet been implemented well.

Around the waterfall of Yumbilla the terrain is mountainous with small, medium and high altitude trees, and as for the wild fauna stands out the presence of the cock of the rocks, monkeys, reptiles and bears.


Gocta Waterfall

771 meters. It is the 16th highest waterfall in the world. It was discovered by the German Stefan Ziemendorff, who noted that the place does not appear on any plane due to its remoteness. In spite of the fact that the inhabitants had knowledge of the Waterfall, they always concealed the existence of Gocta due to fear of legends and myths regarding the presence of a siren and a snake that protect the place. Without a doubt, this amazon waterfall is the best known and most visited. It has access enabled, as well as tourist services of lodging and agencies that offer the service of guided, as much on horseback as on foot. It is also in the Amazon region.


Famous Waterfalls

  • Parijaro Waterfall (Ayacucho, Junín). It is located in the Otishi National Park, about 707 m.s.n.m. This giant waterfall of more than 250 meters, is surrounded by multicolored rocks and abundant vegetation, so the access is complicated, but the effort is worth it.
  • Rainbow Waterfall (Satipo, Junín). It is located about 32 km from Satipo. With a waterfall of 12 meters high, this small waterfall offers an attractive spectacle that only occurs in the afternoons: sunlight refracts in the water and forms a small multicolored beam that steals the attention of visitors.
  • Numparket Waterfall(Bagua, Amazonas). It is located about 570 meters above sea level and its water fall is 90 to 120 meters high. Fauna: monkeys, choscas, otorongos and the most representative animal of the place: the cock of the rocks.
  • The Monkeys Waterfall (Satipo, Junín). It is one hour from the Main Square of Satipo, in the town of Mariposa, capital of the Pampa Hermosa district. This waterfall is 70 meters high and is surrounded by orchids and bromeliads. Among the nearby attractions is the trout fish farm of the municipality.

Adventure tours in Peru to watch Incredible Waterfalls

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we recommend you to book your Machu Picchu Ticket in advance, so you will enjoy your Vacation in Machu Picchu without any problem.


When is the best time to hike to Machu Picchu?

The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2020 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes. 

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