Chachapoyas is a small town in Peru’s Northern Highlands. Many travelers use this city as a base to explore the surrounding region, which is filled with big mountains, ancient ruins, and montane cloud forest. The ruins were built by the Chachapoya, a people who were killed them off by the Inca in the 16th century. Multi-day treks can be made to the ruins, promising travelers a wild and adventurous experience. Also nearby are the Gocta Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world.
The Gocta Lodge is located just outside the small town of Cocachimba, which is about 2 hours by car from Chachapoyas. Cocachimba is the starting point for hikes to the Gocta Falls. Situated at around 5,900 feet (1,800 m), this area enjoys a spring-like climate, with warm days and cooler nights.
The lodge has stunning views of the Gocta Falls and the forested mountains that surround it. In fact, each of the hotel’s ten rooms has a view of the waterfall at a distance. All rooms have a balcony or terrace facing the falls—spending a morning or evening out here is utterly pleasant.
The eight rooms and two suites are big and comfy. The accommodations are simply but tastefully decorated—local artwork hangs on the walls and large glass doors open onto private outdoor areas. All accommodations have big, comfortable beds and a private bathroom with a hot water shower. The two suites have a king size bed, sitting room, and cable TV. The bathrooms of the suites also include a hydro-massage bathtub and Scottish shower. The surrounding area is quiet, so rest and relaxation tend to come easily here.
There is a small swimming pool that overlooks the mountains and waterfall. With a wooden deck and chairs surrounding the pool, this is an absolutely ideal place soak up sun and killer views. The rest of the hotel’s property is well maintained, and there are many grassy areas where you can sit or stroll and enjoy the scenery. Llamas sometimes graze on the lawn.
The hotel’s restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating. The food here is fresh and filling. Guests select their meals from a menu ahead of time, and all food is made from scratch. The staff is extremely helpful and welcoming.