Catarata de Chinata

Cuispes / near Pedro Ruiz / near Chachapoyas, Amazonas, Peru

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 3
Catarata de Chinata

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INTRODUCTION

Catarata de Chinata was an impressive 580m waterfall plunging in three visible tiers then cascading further into the jungle. In theory, we should've been able to get a pretty clean direct view of the waterfall after a relatively short bit stee[ 30- to 45-minute uphill hike from the village of Cuispes. However, as you can tell from the subpar photos on this page, the weather didn't cooperate with us when we did make it up to the mirador of the falls.

Instead, we either had to settle for cloud-obscured partial views up close or very distant views with the help of a telephoto lens from the road between Pedro Ruiz and Pomacochas.

Like the hike for Catarata de Yumbilla, we had to follow a guide to get up to the mirador. However, we happened to be hiking during an afternoon thundershower so the trail was very slippery and muddy (I even took a spill at one point that might have been the last straw that broke my ailing DSLR camera).

We also noticed that this waterfall was visible behind a military base in the town of Pedro Ruiz, but we weren't able to get a good view from the front side of the base (as we couldn't go any further into the complex).




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Partial view of Catarata de Chinata from the town square in CuispesPartial view of Catarata de Chinata from the town square in Cuispes
Further to the south of Cuispes on the main road were the ruins of Kuelap, which was the Chachas version of Machu PicchuFurther to the south of Cuispes on the main road were the ruins of Kuelap, which was the Chachas version of Machu Picchu
This was the panorama from the fortress of Kuelap as we looked towards the surrounding cultivated fieldsThis was the panorama from the fortress of Kuelap as we looked towards the surrounding cultivated fields
We based ourselves on the lakeside hamlet of Pomacochas during the part of the trip where we went to CuispesWe based ourselves on the lakeside hamlet of Pomacochas (east of Pedro Ruiz) during the part of the trip where we went to Cuispes

The upper part of Chinata, which was not blocked by clouds - yet!The upper part of the falls, which was not blocked by clouds - yet!

The lower part of Chinata, which was not blocked by clouds in this photoThe lower part of the falls, which was not blocked by clouds in this photo

The lower part of Chinata after a flash flood added fuel to its dropThe lower part of the falls after a flash flood added fuel to its drop

Admitting defeat and heading back downAdmitting defeat and heading back down

Looking back at a thicker Cascata de Chinata not long after we admitted defeat just in time for the clouds to partLooking back at a thicker Cascade de Chinata not long after we admitted defeat just in time for the clouds to part

Distant view of Cascata de Chinata from the road back to PomacochasDistant view of Cascata de Chinata from the road back to Pomacochas

Contextual view of Cascata de Chinata fronted by numerous wrinkles (gullies) in the landContextual view of the falls fronted by numerous wrinkles (gullies) in the land


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

This waterfall shares the same start as that of Catarata de Yumbilla. See that page for more details and logistics.

For context, Pomacochas (our starting point of the drive) was 272km northwest of Tarapoto. Tarapoto was an hour flight from Lima, or 3 hours flight from Cusco.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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