Ranked third tallest free-leaping waterfall in the world at 771 meters, Gocta can be approached from two angles. You can either reach its second fall after a 5.5 kilometeres medium-to-high intensity hike that starts in the town of Cocachimba—where Gocta Natura is located—or reach its first fall leaving from the nearby town of Valera, after a 7.5 kilometers low-to-medium intensity hike.
In the first case—leaving from our doorway—get ready for a windy road with hills to climb and steep downhills to slide. The effort is totally worth it as it includes great scenery and biodiversity, making it the most attractive route for photographers, birdwatchers, hikers and everyone who enjoys nature and the outdoors. The road takes you through farmed lands and into the forest surrounding Gocta. Be aware that the way back might be harsh if you are not in shape. The long uphill way will make you consider riding a horse, available for rental.
The Valera alternative provides a wider and higher view of the mountains and, beneath, the Gocta valley where the towns of Cocachimba and Coca are located. You have view- and rest-stops along the way until you enter a long trek within a secondary forest. There is a breathtaking view spot 1 kilometer before reaching Gocta, where you can take the most amazing photos.
Biodiversity along the road includes orchids, Andean cock-of-the-rock, emerald green toucan, yellow-tailed monkey, night monkey, northern pudu, among many other plants and animals endemic in this region.
Plan ahead: In either case, best views are enjoyed just after and before the heavy rainy season (Feb/Mar).