Gocta Waterfall is an incredible 771 metre (2,529 feet) high waterfall. At one point it was considered the third highest waterfall in the world, but today it is considered the fifteenth highest. La Chorrera, as it called locally, was discovered in 2002 by the German Stefan Ziemendorff, who stumbled upon it while exploring sarcophagi located on the other side of the Utcubamba valley, in the province of Luya-Lamud, Amazonas department.
The waterfall is near the Caseríos of Cocachimba and San Pablo, in the district of Valera, Bongará province, in the department of Amazonas. To reach the pool below the waterfall it is necessary to cross the extensive valley of cloud forest that surrounds it. The trail takes 5½ to 6 hours (there and back) from the starting point of Caserío de Cocachimba.
Along the trail there are 22 further waterfalls that get bigger and more impressive during the rainy season.
From Lima, Gocta can be reached via the Pan-Americana Norte highway — Fernando Belaunde Terry Highway — Bagua Grande — Pedro Ruiz Gallo district — Chachapoyas. From Chiclayo, pass through the Cajamarcan cities of Celendín, Balsas and Leymebamba to the Valera district.