Catarata de Yumbilla

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

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 4
Catarata de Yumbilla

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INTRODUCTION

Catarata de Yumbilla was a thin 890m waterfall plunging in several tiers. Although it was said to be taller than Catarata Gocta, we were only able to see about 600m of its overall drop. Its volume was also much less in comparison so that made us doubt that it would last year-round.

In order access this waterfall, we needed to hire a local guide to not only support the economy here, but also to avoid getting lost or trespassing as the paths were unmarked. The guided hike was along a very muddy uphill trail for about 1.5-hours from the small town of Cuispes. The trail ultimately led us to a mirador (viewpoint) of the waterfall (see photo above).

From the town, we had to hike between quite a few residences and even one aggressive dog that nearly bit our guide. We would then go through what looked like someone's farm before we finally joined up with the trail leading us to Yumbilla.

Along the trail, our guide showed us a rock with some fossilized sea shells on them (similar to what we'd eventually find on the Gocta Trail). Other than that, the rest of the hike provided us some panoramas of rolling hills as we looked north, but there really wasn't much else to say about this hike.

The muddy and humid conditions were a bit difficult for us because apparently the area received some pretty heavy rains prior to our visit. Thus, the ground was saturated with water so the trail was a bit slow going. That played a big role in our decision to not go the extra hour (each way) to the base of the falls from the spot where we got the view you see at the top of this page. Had we done it, the entire round-trip time commitment would have been on the order of about 5 hours.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Full context of Catarata de YumbillaFull context of Catarata de Yumbilla
Further to the south of Cuispes along the main road was Chachapoyas and the nearby ruins of Kuelap seen here hinting at the landscape below indicating it was perched atop a mountainFurther to the south of Cuispes along the main road was Chachapoyas and the nearby ruins of Kuelap seen here hinting at the landscape below indicating it was perched atop a mountain
Here's a look down at the road leading up to Kuelap as seen from the fortress itselfHere's a look down at the road leading up to Kuelap as seen from the fortress itself
The village center in CuispesThe village center in Cuispes

Walking out of the village towards the trailWalking out of the village towards the trail

Julie trying to slog through the muddy trailJulie trying to slog through the muddy trail

Following our guide as the trail conditions started to improve the further we wentFollowing our guide as the trail conditions started to improve the further we went

It was a very muddy hike when we did itIt was a very muddy hike when we did it

We found this fossil along the trailWe found this fossil along the trail

Continuing to slog along slowlyContinuing to slog along slowly

Panoramas of rolling hills and mountains as seen from the trailPanoramas of rolling hills and mountains as seen from the trail

The trail started to descend as we got closer to the miradorThe trail started to descend as we got closer to the mirador

Approaching the mirador for YumbillaApproaching the mirador for Yumbilla

Heading back to CuispesHeading back to Cuispes


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

It took us about 2 hours to drive from Pomacochas to Cuispes via Pedro Ruiz. However, some of that time was spent in the town of Pedro Ruiz to stock up on lunch and also to wait for a local guide in Cuispes. So in actuality, we probably only spent about 60-90 minutes on the road to get here.

Since we were guided, I can't provide exact directions. Our hike began from the village center in Cuispes.

For context, Pomacochas 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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