The Kuélap Fortress and Gocta Waterfall

Pack your bags and head to the Amazon region, as it is the latest destination to be declared safe to visit. In this area, the imposing Kuélap Fortress, the beautiful Gocta Waterfall and the tourist hotspot Chachapoyas Huancas all received international approval from Safe Travels. The entity deemed these locations to be suitable for travel, meaning your health will not be put at risk due to COVID-19.

This award was first given to the Kuélap archaeological site, a place where you can travel back in time and see one of the main attractions of the Amazon region. This site is considered to be one of the most important and visited in the region, since it houses an imposing and ancient citadel that you can see firsthand, with walls reaching almost 65 feet in height. It was erected by the Chachapoyas culture, which developed these architectural vestiges between 800 and 1470 AD.

In addition to the Kuélap Fortress, you can travel deep into the natural landscape of the Amazon and walk through its dense flora, until you reach the Gocta Waterfall. This impressive natural waterfall stands at 2529 feet high and is separated into two sections: the first is 757 feet high, while the second is 1771 feet high. Also known as ‘La chorrera’, there are a number of tour guides in the towns of Cocachimba and San Pablo, in the district of Valera, who will gladly take you to see it. It is possible to do a section on horseback and another on foot, so as to save energy.

Finally, in the tourist destination of Chachapoyas – Huancas, you can indulge in a world of knowledge by visiting the Gilberto Tenorio Ruiz Exhibit Hall, which houses ancient belongings of the Chachapoyas Culture such as ceramics and textiles, as well as the flora and fauna of the region and its impressive mummies. Other alternatives to visit in this area are the viewpoints of Huanca Urco and the Sonche Canyon.

What is Safe Travels?

It is a stamp awarded to all locations that comply with a series of protocols designed by the World Health Organization (WHO). It helps travelers identify which destinations follow a general health policy in the tourism industry. So when tourists see the Safe Travels stamp, they can be certain that they are traveling to a safe place. The goal is for tourism to return to the pace to which it has become accustomed.

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