Gocta waterfall without tour
From Chachapoyas there are various organized day trips to ‘Catarata de Gocta’, but you can also easily go there on your own. Collectivos leave from the bus station in Chachapoyas and bring you for about 10 soles to the village of Cocachimba. In the middle of the square is a small building where you can buy your entrance ticket (15 soles) and then start the hike. As for the way back; we were lucky that afterwards we could take a tour back to Chachapoyas (10 soles per person). If this isn’t possible, you can also take a motor taxi to the bridge. Here is the main road where several collectivos / taxis pass, which means you don’t have to wait as long.
We love to walk without a group and fully enjoy the peace and nature. Moreover, it’s nice that afterwards you don’t have to wait for other people who are not yet done with the hike. In terms of costs it does not make much difference; we talked to a couple who had gone on an organized tour and they had paid 55 soles for their day trip. This amount includes transportation, entrance and lunch. The tours can be booked at one of the many tour agencies in Chachapoyas.
This is the ‘high’ route; you start in the higher village of San Pablo and walk to the viewpoint halfway through the waterfall. From the bridge on the main road, you can take a motor taxi to the village of San Pablo. There you can, just like in Cocachimba, buy an entrance ticket and start the hike.
3. Start in San Pablo and finish in Cocachimba 15 km
For fanatic hikers there is also option three: a combination of route one and route two. You start in the higher village of San Pablo and walk (route 2) to the waterfall. Then you walk back a bit to take a steep side path down there. This path leads to route one. After crossing the river, walk up a little and then turn left at the sign to get to the base of the waterfall. From there you walk (according to route one) back to Cocachimba.