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On this day you will be transfer from Jaén airport to the Lodge.
This day you will be free to enjoy the lodge and its facilities.
Gocta Falls, at 771m / 2,530 ft is the third highest in the world. There are various routes to get there, the most popular being from Cocachimba to the base. Along the 5.5 km of the trail, we come across sugar cane fields, with their traditional presses, followed by cloud forest covered in orchids, lichens and mosses.
Local guides from the Communal Association accompany us to explain the eco-system we are in, as well as the history of the community and the Falls. There are other routes to the Falls. From San Pablo de Valera you can reach the base of the first drop.
You can return to San Pablo or join the lower path that eventually reaches Cocachimba (16 km / 10 miles, high level of diæculty, 8 hours approx). There is also the option of leaving the lodge early to look for the Cock of the Rock, the Emerald Toucanet and other birds, as well being the first to arrive at the Falls.
Departures: Daily at 8am.
Duration: 5-6 hours approximately.
Difficulty: Medium to high.
Route: Gocta Lodge – Trail to the Falls – Arrival at base of the Falls – Return.
Recommendations: Hiking boots; waterproof jacket or poncho; cap/hat; binoculars; sunglasses; and sunscreen.
Itinerary: 5.5km / 3.4 miles path (11 km / 6.8 miles there and back), taking 1.5 to 2.5 hours each way. Cocachimba Communal Association rents horses that can go of the route – the rest is on foot.
Kuelap is the most important archaeological site in Peru’s northern Andes. It is a stone, architectural complex of monumental character, with a huge artificial platform built on the rock outcrop at the top of Barreta Mountain (3,000 m / 9,842 ft).
It is estimated that construction began at the beginning of the 6th Century, coinciding with the
flowering of Chachapoya culture, and was occupied until the middle of the 16th Century.
Its colossal walls and complex interior architecture point to its function as a well-organized population centre , including administrative , religious , ceremonial and residential areas.
Departures: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 8am.
Duration: 8 hours approximately.
Difficulty: Low to medium.
Route: Gocta Lodge – Macro – Tingo Nuevo – Cable Car – Kuelap Fortress – Return.
Recommendations: Hiking boots or appropriate footwear; waterproof jacket or poncho; cap/hat; sunglasses; and sunscreen. If it is cloudy, it can be cold – so bring warm clothing.
Itinerary: Road transport to Tingo Nuevo; Cable Car + 20 – 30 min walk to the fortress.
Revash Mausoleums are a necropolis belonging to the Chachapoya culture. They were collective tombs occupying natural caves or dug into the rock wall of an important cliffside. Kauffmann Doig maintains that the mausoleums are replicas of the houses where people of the area lived.
Leymebamba Mummy Museum is dedicated to the Chachapoya culture. It has five rooms: three of archaeology, one of ethnography; and one of ?. The museum collection has 261 mummies and more than 200 funerary items.
Sunday in Yerbabuena is the venue for the largest market in the whole region, bringing together buyers and sellers from as far away as Cajamarca. Unlike other markets of the southern Andes, hardly any tourists go to Yerbabuena, so it retains its authenticity and traditions.
Fixed departures: Wednesdays & Sundays at 8am.
Duration:10 hours approximately.
Difficulty: Low to medium (Revash).
Route: Gocta Lodge – Yerbabuena (Sun.) – Revash (Wed.) – Leymebamba – Mummy Museum – Return.
Recommendations: Hiking boots; waterproof jacket or poncho; cap/hat; binoculars, sunglasses; and sunscreen.
Itinerary: Road transport to Yerbabuena (Sundays) and Leymebamba. On Wednesdays, we
visit Revash, driving as far as San Bartolo, from where it is a 30-minute walk to the ruins.
After breakfast, the pick-up time from the Lodge will be coordinated with you for the transfer to Jaén airport.