Gocta Lodge, Alpacas and Waterfall Views
by Fiona Tapp
To get to Gocta Lodge in Northern Peru you’ll need to take a flight from Lima to Jaen city and then travel another 4-5 hours by car. Once here in the village of Cocachimba and the ancient homeland of the Chachapoyas people you’ll find one of the most Instagram worthy hotel pools in the world.
This jaw-dropping infinity pool seems to slink off the edge of the hill directly opposite the thundering Gocta waterfalls, reached by a hike through primary rainforests. That’s a hike you’ll definitely want to make. I walked some of the route and journeyed by horseback through the steeper parts. As the old mare teetered over some sections I even closed my eyes and wondered if it would be safer if I just hopped off and walked but before I knew it we had made the journey to the base of the falls where we could splash in the cool water and take the requisite waterfall selfies.
After a long day of horseback riding and hiking, that pool was very inviting. At dusk, a herd of alpacas are let out to graze on the grass. I watched them from the pool and wondered if a more tranquil scene existed anywhere else in the world.
On my way back to my room a young blue-eyed alpaca bounded up to see if I was of any interest before his mom hissed at me and chased him away!
The rooms at Gocta lodge are quite a surprise, in such a remote location you don’t usually expect to find uber modern rooms, sleek bathrooms, and wifi throughout. Sliding double doors lead straight out to that stunning view and up to the restaurant which serves tasty meals throughout the day including some amazing Peruvian coffee.
For day trips other than hiking to the falls, head to Kuelap to check out the ruins which pre-date Machu Picchu and then on to Leymebamba where you can view the mummified remains of the Chachapoyas people or cloud warriors who made their homes high in the Andean rainforest more than 1,500 years ago.
Come for the history, the culture, the food, the alpacas or those views.
Gocta Lodge Caserío De Cocachimba, Amazonas – Perú
Fiona Tapp is a freelance travel and parenting writer. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, The Washington Post, The New York Post, HuffPost, Brides, and Fodor’s among many others. Fiona has traveled to over 20 countries on five continents and loves writing about her adventures. Follow along at @fionatapptravels on IG or @fionatappdotcom on Twitter.