April 13, 2018
Bucket list check... Gocta Waterfalls. Not many people have seen these because of their remoteness. They were only recently discovered (by the outside world in 2006)
What an experience today in the cloud forest jungle. I can't say it was easy but it was worth it. The sales lady said 5km. I thought ok I can do 10km. Turned out to be 5.8 km to the first view point. 4km in and I have ditched my jacket. I'm getting hot, after stairs and more stairs. Inca flat they call it LOL. They are actually pre Incan Chachapoyan stairs but similar style
In total 16 km, on pre Incan Chahapoyan paved roads and muddy jungle paths but I got to see the Gocta waterfalls today When I was stopping for a breath, there wild orchids to capture my attention I walked most of it alone and/or with our guide, 73 Edgardolfo, who had to stay with the slowest people me and a 70 year old man but I walked the whole thing.
I was surprised to see some young people take the horses. The guide made me laugh when he said "These are not walking people. These are potatoes with legs." So, I came in last but I did it on my own In 2001 I was in a wheelchair after spinal surgery not knowing if I could fully function again. Today once again I acknowledge "I may not have won the race but I finished it."
The pouring rain held off making this much more pleasant. Sunshine and rainbows would have made this spectacular but I was happy not to trek in the pouring rain. I was surprised at how wet the spray from the falls were. I'm going to be sore tomorrow "Gocta (Spanish: Catarata del Gocta) is a perennial waterfall with two drops located in Peru's province of Chachapoyas in Amazonas, approximately 700 kilometres (430 mi) to the northeast of Lima. It flows into the Cocahuayco River. Although the waterfall had been well known to locals for centuries (it is in full view of a nearby village), its existence was not made known to the world until after an expedition made in 2002 by a German, Stefan Ziemendorff, with a group of Peruvian explorers.
At the time of the discovery, Ziemendorff successfully persuaded the Peruvian government to map the falls and to measure their height. On 11 March