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Gocta Andes Lodge
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Chachapoyas
Certificate of Excellence
Lima, Peru
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Spectacular”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

When you arrive at the lodge, pass through the small lobby and step out onto the porch of the restaurant, you will be shocked by the beauty of the view. A few kilometers away, but completely unobstructed, two threads of water, one wide and clumsy and the other thin and targeted, fall gracefully from the ridge of an emerald cliff. The distant roar reminds you that these threads are three quarters of a kilometer tall. All 12 rooms have a view from their balcony or patio. Beds are ultra-comfortable, with thick soft quilts and plush pillows. Hot water is problematic, and food suffers, but the staff are ready to help with all issues. Be sure to spend at least three nights so that you can get in trips to spectacular outdoor natural and historical sites.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Wellington, NZ
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

See also my review of sister property Rio Shilcayo (Tarapoto). I stayed at the three sister hotels during a north Peru birding trip. Gocta Lodge was definitely the pick, almost impossible to fault. Great view from the swimming pool (which is cooling after a walk to the falls) of the falls. The last few km of road to the lodge are a bit rough, but it is worth it. If you plan to walk to the falls, the "high road" (from San Pablo) is an easier route than the "low road" which leaves from near the lodge. Note that chickens do wander free around the property, so expect a free wake-up-call at sunrise!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

I did know the Chachapoyas area since 1997, at that time I visited the Kuelap ruins and I loved them. It looks like in 2006 the Gotca waterfall became known to the rest of the world when a German traveler published their location and the fact that they are the third longest water drop in the world. The hotel that opened soon after that in Cocachimba, a quiet Peruvian village that seems to be taking advantage of the discovery of the waterfall as well.

The hotel is a jewel, with great service, outstanding rooms with modern and well equipped bathrooms. The best part of the hotel is the view of each room facing the waterfall, gorgeous!


The only but, if any, is that EDGE is the only internet you can get there, but it looked like they were installing a new 3G tower. For an "online" traveler like me is kind of important, although the beauty of the place will make you forget your iPhone

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Spent 3 nights here as a base for exploring the region. The room was excellent with fantastic views of Gocta waterfall (as all rooms have), very modern bathroom, hot water as required, walk in shower and jacuzzi bath. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, we arrived late on the first night but had no problems ordering dinner from the good a la carte menu. The food is tasty and well presented. The hotel is in lovely grounds on the edge of a small village and has a pretty if not cold infinity style pool. During our stay we visited the waterfall itself - a lovely 90 minute trek through forest (horses are also available!), Quiocta caverns and the superb ruins at Kuelap - a long but spectacular drive but well worth it to see a stunning pre-Inca fortress perched precariously on a 3000m ridge with no other tourists to be seen.

Would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The Gocta Lodge is an oasis in the region. It has been an important contribution to travelers interested in visiting the area, but falls short in some respects.
Although the staff is friendly, they lack thorough preparation. They need more training in order to be able to provide a good service. The food is just OK, not many plates to choose from and needs a more healthy offer.
Rooms are clean and cozy. Very well arranged. Hot water is a real problem. It is not really "hot", it only gets warm and at a minimum; I think they have some problem with the installation that they must correct.
Other than that, it is an astonishing place to visit for the location and the natural beauty. Great effort in giving us this place, but there is still some work ahead to polish this gem.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Havana, Cuba
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2011

On our private car roundtrip through Northern Peru we spent two days at Gocta Lodge but very disappointed by the overall price-performance ratio.

Though the situation of Gocta Lodge, the size of the rooms and the pool and garden area are very good to good, the main points of our disappointment were:

- no services available outside meal times (i.e. no drinks at the pool, no personal at reception etc.)
- no telephone nor internet or TV available
- no hot water just luke warm
- food quality ok but little and served cold; service personal deemed to be untrained and completely overwhelmed with more than 4 people in the restaurant
- presentation of food were not professional (better to go to the local restaurant at the main square!)
- no help with luggage when leaving
- hundreds of dead mosquitos and flies were closed into the ceiling light
- very, very noisy when all rooms are taken which was the case at our stay there

It's pity for this could be a very good place to stay but I think the management is unable to work professionally or is not interested in improving the services.

It was the worst experience during our trip but the most expensive one. We did not check the quality of the only Hospedaje but maybe it's worthwhile to try next time...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

Stayed there last year for fiestas patrias. The view is awe inspiring although the place sticks out like a sore thumb when you compare it to the restof the buildings. They were very accomodating. We ended uo hiking later than usualso they prepared us dinner instead of the lunch that we had originally planned. We had an injured hiker, my wife. Our guide spoke with them and they offered to send us a horse. When we declined, they sent one of their employees with a flashlight to meet us and help us back to the hotel. The dinner was amazing, the service was great and not overdone. The views are breathtaking. The rooms were great although I would reccomend an upper room to help keep the spiders out of the room. Other than one large spider, everything about was this place was top notch.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Property: Gocta Andes Lodge
Address: Caserio Cocachimba S/N, Chachapoyas, Peru
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Location: Peru > Amazonas Region > Chachapoyas
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Chachapoyas
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gocta Andes Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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